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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, it also has enormous eyelashes – what can I say? I was a child of the 80’s!

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, it also has enormous eyelashes – what can I say? I was a child of the 80’s!

My messy play trophy

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, it also has enormous eyelashes – what can I say? I was a child of the 80’s!

This face mask was brought out of its tissue wrapping every year or two and I could measure how much I had grown since I made it. Not only could I make a comparison to my younger self but I would remind me of how much fun I had had during the long summers of primary school.

I now see that is a lasting trophy of the messy play fun I had as a child. I was incredibly blessed that my mum was an advocate of messy play and lead endless play schemes, toddler groups and events focused around messy play, art and craft. Plus our weekends were full of painting, baking, threading and messing fun.

One of the main reasons that I have set up Messy Hands is to give other children the opportunity and creative space to explore messy play in order to create their own version of my psychedelic painted mask!

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Written by Esther Andrews, founder of Messy Hands Ltd.

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