Messy Play

Why Messy Play?

Messy Play is immensely beneficial to a child’s development. It helps them to develop concentration and problem-solving, conversation skills, curiosity in the world, imagination and social development. Messy Play provides children with an opportunity to express themselves creatively.


Many of the children who come to a Messy Play become engrossed in an activity, sometimes for the whole session. You can see their wonder at digging in soil to find bulbs or their fascination as they mix paint colours into gloop. It is an opportunity to play without boundaries. We always looking for new ways to allow the children to explore at Messy Play, no two sessions are ever the same.

Why come to a Messy Session?

As parents ourselves we know that it can be difficult and challenging to find space and time to introduce Messy play at home, paint prints on the walls, glitter stuck to the floor and play dough in the carpet is not a pleasant prospect. However we also know how much fun children have doing these activities especially with the choice and variety that is offered at Messy Play. We offer a space that is safe for children to explore in and for parents to enjoy enhancing their development. Children can also interact with peers and this is excellent in preparing them for preschool and developing social skills.


Each Messy Play session is different, we use our knowledge and experience to provide a variety of different activities. We are constantly looking for inspiration and new activities to keep each session engaging.  A key part of Messy Play is the take home creation. We have found that children and parents love taking a memento of the session home to show other family members and talk about what they did.

IMG_5372When and Where is Messy Hands?

Our regular location are Ballincollig (Thursdays) and Killarney (Friday’s) , please also have a look at our bookings page to find out where are next Messy Play is being held and for additional locations.

What should we wear to Messy Hands?

Whilst all children will be provided with overalls or aprons we suggest that they wear clothes that you are happy for them to get messy. In addition parents may wish to wear clothes that they don’t mind getting paint or glue or gloop on!

If you have any more questions about our messy sessions or would like to make a booking, please do so via our Contact page, on email or contact Esther on 086 409 5291.