Messy play fun for the anti-mess Mum!
Earlier this week my Sister came to visit for the day and as a retired teacher she brought with her a profusion of messy play ideas and fun to be had with the littles.
MESSY PLAY (gulp) …two words that strike fear into the heart of many anti-mess Mums. But inspired by all the fab messy play ideas from lovely Susanne and Jennie we decided to bring the inside outside for all the fun with half the clearing up!
We started in the garden with a home-made painting easel. We used pegs to create a triangle with my clothes airer and then wound an IKEA paper roll around it in two sections, pegging the paper to the rungs of the airer. Simple and effective. I set this up in the garden with our Early Learning Centre child-safe paints and lots of brushes and rollers in this fab messy play tray from TTS to keep everything together. Then we called Curly Girl and Little Man out into the garden. I’ve been keen to get Little Man painting for a while but the inevitable mess has put me off. He’s already started mark-making with coloured pencils and calls it ‘draw’ so this was the perfect way to encourage his interest with abandon!
While they painted we asked them questions about what they were doing, what would happen if they combined different colours together, what they thought of each other’s paintings. Nana helped Curly Girl to experiment with painting on leaves and using them to make prints on the paper. Then Little Man dropped some paint on his leg and then decided that was an even better canvas!
Once they’d filled the paper as much as they wanted to I rinsed out the tray and filled it with this play sand and some Lego pieces and they had fun creating a desert farm. As always there was some squabbling over the pieces and Curly Girl got very cross with her brother for continually knocking down the sand castles she made with overturned paint pots. Sometimes it’s hard having a baby brother! We distracted him as much as we could so that she could create her masterpieces in peace.
Once they were good and mucky my Sister pulled out three miniature water pistols and we all had lots of fun getting wet. The kids were soon almost clean without even realising it.
If you’re at all anti-mess, and I admit I have to be in the mood for indoor painting with the two of them, then try getting outside and letting your little ones lose in the garden. They’ll sense you’re less anxious and be more free to experiment with messy-play like paint and sand which is SO good for their sensory development and confidence.
What messy play fun have you had outside this week?
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