Messy Play in the Park 2019We are thrilled to be back for our third year messy playing in the park. This year we’re putting out lots more activities to keep all children from crawlers to runners entertained. Whittington Park every Friday from the 31st May through to 16th August. Messy Specials at Waterlow Park on Sunday 21st, Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Monday 19th August
We all know that messy play has a vital role in the development of our children, however not everyone is in the position to provide this in their own homes, nor would they want to. Can you imagine the amount of cleaning up you’d have to do? This inspired us to source a venue, fill it with lots of different sensory play materials and messy activities each week throughout the year. We welcome parents, nannies, childminders and extended families to pop in and give their children a chance to indulge in their need for mess but not have to deal with the clean up.
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.