More messy play ideas

More messy play ideas for you and your child.

Whether with paint, foam or slime – you and your child can get messy.

When children use their hands, they explore with their sense of touch, and build their fine-motor skills. Talk with the children about their discoveries as they play. Give them lots of opportunities to play with messy materials using their hands before introducing other equipment (e.g., rolling pins and cutters for play dough, beaters and whisks etc. for slime).

Messy play promotes positive learning, curiosity, independence, problem-solving, investigation and exploration.

When engaging in messy play parents/carers can use open-ended questioning to support their child to think more deeply about what they are doing or what they are noticing. For example, “I wonder why that happened. What would happen if you add more water?” Allow children time to respond.

Through messy play, and working alongside other children or you, your child’s social learning opportunities, concentration and focus, and fine-motor skills develop.

Most importantly, you can have fun with your child as they explore more messy play experiences.

Article courtesy of Playgroup Queensland.

Published — 04 April 2019 Last updated — 23 May 2019

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