Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Messy Play


Kids LOVE messy play. And why wouldn't they? Not only is it heaps of fun to squish, slop, stamp and explore, it is also important for their development. Messy play is a sensory playground for toddlers and young children, giving them the opportunity to manipulate, test and experience through touch, smell, sight and, of course, taste (making it important to source toddler friendly recipes).

As someone who has worked with children, I love messy play. I love to get in there with them and have a go, too. I love to hear what they think, what they're feeling and doing. I love to see the development of hand-eye coordination.

As a parent, I have days when the last thing I want to do is launch a full-scale clean up after messy play. These always seem to be the days when the weather is perfect and my girls are ready for some tactile experiences. On these days, I like to make Goop because I know how important learning through play is but I don't want to commit to something too extreme.


To make goop all you need is;
* Cornflour
* Water
* Food Colouring
Place two cups of cornflour into a bowl
Slowly add water until you get the desired effect - today I wanted it a bit runny, so we added a cup and a half
Once you have the consistency you want, stir in some food colouring
That's it.
I set up a sheet, pour the goop into a container lid (as I know my girls like to get their feet involved), put out some paper for prints and let them go to town.

The best thing? When we're done the mess simply washes away with water. Easy make, easy clean and lots of fun.

For more brilliant play ideas, visit Childhood 101's We Play link up


  1. Thanks for the inspiration Becky! Could be just what we need this afternoon after sleep time :)

  2. Goop - definately messy fun! We made play do yesterday but my son was more intent on eating it or dropping it on the floor than actually playing with it!

  3. Oh wow that does look like fun!

  4. This will be a hit with kids, thanks!

    Check out the Hand prints Butterfly I made this week @ http://blog.memetales.com/


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