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We are Messy Hands Ltd. An Irish business based in North Cork run a busy mum. I host Messy Play Session, Parties and Special Events Workshops around County Cork.

My aim is to bring you messy play recipes, art and craft ideas which you can try are home, at your child’s next birthday party or just when you are out and about. We are also keen to bring you the latest news and debate on child led play and its benefits.

Messy Play is brilliant because……

Messy Play is brilliant because……

October 2, 2017

I have been running Messy Play Sessions for three years, I have met hundreds of parents and children and seen lots of brilliant ‘wow’ moments. I thought I would write down what I believe are …
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Rainy days messy play

Rainy days messy play

September 14, 2017

Here are our top three ways to spend a rainy morning together; 1) Yoghurt silly putty You will need Mix together 1 cup of yogurt and 3/4 cups of cornflour When the mixture is no …
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Having a messy cake and eating it!

Having a messy cake and eating it!

June 7, 2017

This week’s blog is about 3 great everyday household items to use for messy play. No need to go out and buy equipment in my opinion, you probably have these already. 1) The old baby …
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The wonder of gloop

March 9, 2017

What is it? We call it GLOOP, the American’s call it OOBLECK, simply put it is cornflour and water but either way it is great fun and so easy to do at home if you …
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Awaken their senses

February 8, 2017

Something we absolutely love doing at messy hands is creating sensory trays at our Messy Sessions, most sessions will include at least one. But what do we mean by a sensory tray?   A sensory …
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Messy Inspiration

June 7, 2016

When Catherine and I sit down to plan our Messy Sessions we get our inspiration from a variety of places. It can be the change in seasons, something we saw on TV, our children often …
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Five easy ‘messy’ play ideas  

April 2, 2016

I recently visited friends who were very positive about wanting to do messy play activities with their daughter but weren’t really sure where to start. Also they both had really busy lives so didn’t want …
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Adults role in children’s play.

March 3, 2016

Children need opportunities to interact and mix with different cultures, ages, and ability in the areas where they live. We can provide safe environments for them to have free play. We can model joining in …
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Messy Masterpiece

February 24, 2016

I was clearing out my craft drawer before our big move and had lots of near empty paint tubes left. I couldn’t throw them out, I do hate to waste anything. My son was busy …
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make your own playdough

How to make your own “no fuss” Playdough

February 16, 2016

Playdough is always a hit at Messy Hands and it is one of the easiest things to make to keep small people entertained. I find myself making it every few weeks either for a messy …
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Baking without sugar – Carrot Stars Recipe

February 13, 2016

Having given up sugar for lent and my New Year’s resolution being to reduce my family’s sugar intake, I found it very hard to find a child friendly recipe which wasn’t a cake or biscuit. …
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What messy play is not…..

What messy play is not…..

February 12, 2016

If you Google ‘What is messy play’ (and maybe you have done to get to my page?! You find a wealth of well researched, evidence based studies which tell you how beneficial messy play is …
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My messy play trophy

October 14, 2015

One of my most treasured items as a child was a plaster of paris cast of my face. Made when I was only 6 or 7 it is painted with a range of psychedelic shades, …
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