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Well, the summer definitely seems to be over! Rainfall in Ireland has certainly dampened the outside messy fun our family had been having over the last few months. Our oldest also starting school so the last two weeks have been very quiet! Mornings now are just my 2 year old and I, so how best to spend our time? Exploring some new messy receipts!

 

Well, the summer definitely seems to be over! Rainfall in Ireland has certainly dampened the outside messy fun our family had been having over the last few months. Our oldest also starting school so the last two weeks have been very quiet! Mornings now are just my 2 year old and I, so how best to spend our time? Exploring some new messy receipts!

 

Rainy days messy play

Here are our top three ways to spend a rainy morning together;

1) Yoghurt silly putty

You will need

  1. Mix together 1 cup of yogurt and 3/4 cups of cornflour
  2. When the mixture is no longer sticky, pick it up and roll the putty into a ball (to further mix the yogurt and cornflour)
  3. If it’s too sticky, sprinkle in additional corn starch. If it’s too dry, add a bit more yogurt

This has an amazing texture, really squidgy and soft but will still keep its shape. Very simple to make, though a plastic tablecloth would be a good idea.

2) Painted toast

You will need; bread (either white or brown), milk, food colouring and paintbrushes

I have brought this activity to Messy Play Sessions before and it is a big hit! At home we would eat the toast as a snack and a fun activity combined into one!

The ‘paint’ is milk mixed with food colouring, you really don’t need much, a third of a cup mixed with two drops of food colouring would be enough to decorate two pieces of bread.

I put paintbrushes through the dishwasher before using them for this activity. Then let children dip the paintbrushes in the paint and use bread as the paper. Once they have finished painting, toast the bread to remove any dampness from the milk.

As my boys never seem to be full, we add butter and they get to eat their art! Perfect!!

3) Crunchy diggers

You will need; a deep plastic box or baby bath, a packed of rice crispies, a selection of diggers

Very simple but very effective, pour the cereal into the container and let the children roll over them with the diggers. A quick vacuum afterwards clears up the mess easily!

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Written by Esther Andrews, founder of Messy Hands Ltd.

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