Messy play

Messy play must be one of the most loved activities in our setting. And for this we went all out. To set the premises we did it in the garden and we dressed the children in waterproof suits so they basically had the freedom to get as messy as they wanted.

Our messy morning involved painting. For this we set up a painting table with paper, pots of paint and different types of paintbrushes and sponges.


Then we had the tuff tray with different coloured paints and added some salt to it to make it less slippery when the children stepped in. Next to the tuff tray we put a long white plastic board where they could make feet stamps.


Also had a few smaller trays with paints and objects that leave traces-cars, balls etc.


And last was a water station where they could wash their hands and feet or use the water to add to the paints.

It was amazing to watch the children concentrate and be creative.They held conversations between them while painting, shared the pots and the paint brushes, mixed the colours and explored what happened when they did so, imagined and named their paintings.

In the tuff tray they explored the sensory feeling of the paint on their feet, the mix of paint with the salt and how the paint changed texture when they added water.

It was a messy morning but very successful. This was the array of their beautiful paintings at the end of the session.



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  1. Eight children took part in the messy morning activity, the youngest 12 months to the eldest 49 months. It was great opportunity for us to sit and observe the children learning through play they were each able to achieve one or more of their developmental outcomes. Increasing their langaguage and communication skills by holding conversations, asking questions and using representations. They explored colours and what happens when we mix colours together, used their whole body to explore and experiment, engaged their imagination to create wonderful paintings all this whilst displaying the ability to accept the needs of others, taking turns and sharing resources.

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