BENEFITS OF MESSY PLAY

Messy play gives children the opportunity to explore objects and materials such as sand, foam, chalk and paint in a free and unrestricted way. The sensory experience enables them to understand how things feel, smell and taste. A simple activity such as making marks in the paint is an early form of writing whilst big movements like building towers out of cardboard boxes and then covering in play dough develops a child’s larger muscle groups, which leads to enabling the smaller muscles in hands and fingers to make more precise movements.

We believe that children today are being put more into structured activities (which do have their place), however this doesn’t give them the time to use their imagination without the pressure of producing anything or being constrained by having to use the materials in the ‘right way’. This is why every session is about fostering your child’s curiosity, imagination and natural need to experiment, in a safe fun environment.

All of this messy play means that your children are very likely to end up covered in all sorts of sticky materials. Please bring extra clothing for the children so they are able to enjoy and experience without the worry about getting ‘dirty’. Also wipes are very useful to have to hand.