Messy Play is an important part of early education as it offers children the opportunity to use basic materials to develop their natural curiosity and imagination without being constrained by using them ‘the right way’.
One benefit of Messy Play can be seen in Physical Development. In our sessions children are given a wide variety of tools to practice their fine motor skills. Activities such as pouring and scooping develop eye to hand coordination, whilst exploring sand, foam, paint to dry crunchy leaves provide opportunities to discover textures, weight as well as introducing a basic understanding of cause and effect. ‘Oh, so that what happens if I crush the leaves up and dip them into jellly….’
Playing together with other children also develops a child’s sense of personal space and cooperation.