The Importance of Messy play

So what is messy play? And what is its purpose? Many parents hate seeing their child looking mucky with stains on their clothes – knowing no washing powder that will wash them out! … But consider this: would the knowledge that your child is learning, playing and developing make the messy stains are worthwhile?

Did you know that when your child engages in messy play that they are gaining experiences that they don’t gain elsewhere and that, strange as it may seem, most children gain a lot of enjoyment from exploring these new tactile, messy sensations!

Messy activities may include:

–        Mud Kitchen fun

–          Shaving foam creation play

–          Play dough making and creating

–          Sand & water

–          Small world food play with cereals, pasta, rice, beans

–          Cooking yummy treats

–          Cornflour slime play

–          Mud kitchen (making mud pies)

–          Soap flakes

Objectives of messy play:

1)    To explore age-appropriate activities related to the early year’s foundation stage

2)    Develop creative and sensory skills in children as well as encouraging personal preferences and interests

3)    Explore and experiment using all the senses and help children to understand what our different body parts are used for!

4)    To expose children to a wide variety of textures through playing with unfamiliar and unusual materials

5)    To develop a healthy relationship with food

6)    Improve hand and eye-coordination through feeling textures and gripping using fine motor skills

7)    Develop language by expressing emotions to communicate thoughts and findings to peers and adults

Little Learners have Revamped our Mud kitchen so as the children can get messy in the garden sunshine making delicious mud pies!