So you've decided to be brave and do some messy play at home… you've got your area prepared and got your 'mess' at the ready.
BRING IT ON!
5 minutes later your baby is covered in flour and bored.. wanting to now climb all over your living room! NOOOOO!!
Depending on your little one's age, your child will have a limited attention span, so as well as preparing the 'mess' it is important to think about ways to keep your little one interested.
Flour, for example, is a great, simple messy play.. when they get in the tray they may be excited about how it feels against their skin, perhaps grabbing and dropping it but without stimulation it can get boring, quickly. Surrounding the flour with spoons, sieves, cups, bowls, etc, will keep your child interested and wanting to explore for longer.
I do messy play classes for children and their parents; for the babies this week we had loads of different textures laid out on a huge roll of paper. Spreading out the "mess" encouraged movement, as most of the babies were just starting to crawl… and boy did they move, not wanting to miss out on anything.. we saw rolling, bum shuffling and the old favourite; the army crawl!
Every different texture was hidden, whether they were under bowls or hidden in boxes, it kept the children interested as well as working on their physical and cognitive development.
Why not give it a go?
GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!