messy play

messy play benefits 31/10/2018

The Benefits of Messy Play

This article has been written by Holly at Little Learners Southport Why messy play is brilliant for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers … and parents! One of the many brilliant benefits of messy play for both parents and practitioners is that messy play is very much child led. At Little Learners, we might set up the trays for them, but then it is totally up to the children how they play and explore. This takes some pressure off us, but it also allows them to develop their imagination and gives us an insight... Read More

Edible Sensory Play Activities 14/09/2018

Edible Sensory Play Activities

This article has been written by Katie from Sensory Sensations Sensory and messy play is so important and beneficial for babies and younger children. Not only is it lots of fun, but there is a lot of learning going on when they are playing that you might not realise. When a child engages in sensory play and messy play, they are: Improving their communication skills Enhancing their memory Learning cause and effect Learning and developing new tastes, textures and smells Exploring shapes and colours Growing independence through play Developing fine... Read More


The Importance of Messy Play for Physical Development

Squelch… Squish… Splat… Kids just love getting mucky and making a mess – whether that’s squishing jelly through their hands, smearing mud across their faces or crunching rice krispies between their fingers! So does messy play really benefit a child? Yes! Messy play is extremely important for a child’s development. It provides children with an exciting tactile and sensory experience that inspires their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and enhances their learning, language and creativity. Children learn through experimentation and discovery and messy play encourages children... Read More

messy play ideas and activities 22/02/2018

Alternative Messy Play Ideas & Activities

Are you ready for a whole heap of messy fun? Children just love the feel of gooey gunge and messy hands! Let the children explore their senses and learn in a fun and exciting environment with these alternative messy play ideas and activities for your early years setting. Messy play is extremely important for a child’s development! You can use messy play to support learning for most educational subjects in the classroom, including literacy and maths. Children learn particularly well through discovery and research shows that messy play helps to... Read More

sensory play activities and ideas 15/02/2018

Sensory Play Activities and Ideas

Let’s have some messy fun! Sensory play is an extremely hands-on activity, which lets kids engage with their senses through the exploration of different materials and textures through play. So you will never be short of ideas! There are a wide range of sensory play activities, which allow you to create a fun and flexible learning space in your early years setting. Here are some fantastic ideas and activities for sensory play, which have been recommended by Georgina, SEN Resources Blogger and Director of Cheshire SEN Tutor LTD. Top 10... Read More

Sensory Play Benefits and Importance 15/02/2018

Sensory Play: The Importance in Early Years

Look. Listen. Touch. Taste. Smell. From birth, children are exploring their senses and processing new information. They begin to make sense of the world around them as they grow through the exploration of new textures, materials and resources. Sensory play is a valuable way of engaging children in activities that will heighten their senses and enrich their learning. Is sensory play really that important? Yes! this encourages discovery and independent thinking, as well as inspiring imagination and creativity. Research shows that there are many different ways in which sensory play... Read More