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 bath: most household still have the baby bath, in some families it might still be in use. If it’s in the attic, grab it. They are such a great depth for messy play, there is usually very little spillage. You only really need an inch or two at the bottom for them to play in. Throw in some water, soil, sand, flour, lentils or rice….. add few plastic animals or old spoons and a cup or maybe a tractor and you have ready made play session! Plus minimal clearing up afterwards as you will find most of the material will stay inside the bath.
2) The kitchen sink. Everyone has one of these and it is so simple to set up a messy play activity in yours, especially great when you are trying to get something else is the kitchen done. Washing items is great fun, soapy water and plastic animals, dolls, toy cars plus a cloth will result in no end of fun. Alternatively slightly messier activities like cornflour and water are easy to set up and can be instantly washed away.
3) The bath: an obvious choice but fantastic fun! Rather than filling it with water, activities which might otherwise seems to messy become a possibility. A couple of dollops of paint in the bath tub, brilliant for little ones to draw with or make hand and foot prints with. Another simple idea is to add food colouring to a couple of bowls of water and provide a few tubs or funnels if you have them, let them pour and see the colours change.
I would love to hear of any of your suggestions or how you got on with trying any of these ideas.
My biggest advice really though is, keep it simple! Small people will always surprise you with how they use their own curiosity and inquisitiveness given the most basic materials or utensils to play with.