Here at Aston Childcare we love a bit of messy play! Of course every day we have sand and water and playdough out but as well as these we enjoy all kinds of other messy, sensory experiences such as –
- Coloured spaghetti
- Rainbow rice
- Cloud dough
- Shaving foam
- Sand mousse
- Making mud pies
I’m always on the lookout for new ideas that I think they might enjoy.
Some children can be reluctant to put their hands in our latest concoction at first whilst others get stuck straight in!
Messy play is recognised as an important part of early education and has many benefits for the children and so it’s important that as childminders we embrace the mess!!
These are just some of the ways in which messy play helps children –
Physical Development The children get to develop and practice their fine motor skills and eye hand coordination.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development – There is no “right” way for children to do messy play which builds self-confidence and self-esteem. Children can develop concentration, problem-solving and planning skills. Working with others fosters self-respect and respect for others and presents opportunities for making relationships. Messy play can offer an outlet for feelings, experiences and thoughts.
Communication and language – During messy play, children have many opportunities to speak and listen. They use words and gestures to share resources, explain actions, negotiate plans and take turns. By asking open ended questions we can help encourage their thinking skills.