Category: Messy & Sensory Play

Sometimes boys just want to make a mess!  And why not – we’ve found it easy enough to put a tray or plastic sheet in position to make cleaning up afterwards easy.  Messy & sensory play is also great for development, teaching them about different textures and colours as well as building dexterity and confidence.  We’ve found that some of these activities can keep our kids happily entertained for ages.  They talk about them long afterwards, and greatly look forward to the next time the sheets come out!

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Oobleck – fun with slime!

I’ve been wondering about trying oobleck with my preschooler for a while, but he’s not always receptive to new textures so I hadn’t yet taken the plunge. However with my toddler having a good...

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Fun with blowing bubbles!

Sometimes the simplest of activities are the most successful! This was just a large box, some water, washing up liquid, some food colouring and two straws. You could easily do this without the food...

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Pasta sensory tray!

I love it when a last minute idea ends up being a real hit with the boys. And this pasta sensory tray was one of those. We had some pasta that needed using up,...

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Painting the shed!

I  love this activity because the boys think they are being allowed to do something they wouldn’t normally be allowed to, and it creates no mess at all! Simply a pot of water and...

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Welcome to the car wash!

We are really enjoying the sunny weather – the boys love to play outside! So I set up a simple car wash for them – a car ramp, some plastic cars, some bowls of...

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Space-themed messy play!

I love to try and include a messy play activity in our themed weeks, as the boys just love it and it’s so good for them to get squishing, feeling, imagining and exploring. A...

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Shaving foam meringue!

Shaving foam is a key ingredient to a lot of messy play in our household. A can of the stuff goes on the shopping list nearly every week (but at 50p from Tesco, this...