Earlier this week we had Messy Play Training in Douglas, it was a fantastic event and we received great feedback from those who attended. On one the feedback form someone had asked for my tips on cleaning up after doing messy play. It is one of the big concerns about doing messy play that I often hear.
Here are my practical tips on how to speed up the clean up…..
- Get outside
Doing messy play outside can make the clean up so much easier, it avoids carpets and sticky hands on soft furnishings. Food play, water, sand or painting are always much easier to clean when outside. Here are few extra ideas for getting out and about to do some messy play Easy outdoor sensory table
2. Grab a groundsheet
If you have been to a Messy Play session, you will know we use groundsheets to protect the floors and contain some of the mess….. a cheap small groundsheet from a camping shop for your kitchen or garden is a great way to speed up the clean up.
3. Just before dinner
Do you usually have to do a good clean up after dinner/lunch/snack? Well save yourself a double clean up and have some messy play time just beforehand. That way you are only cleaning up once.
It is really important not to make children worried about the mess they are making however, avoid telling them ‘no’ or ‘don’t’ if they are genuinely playing. Alternatively, set boundaries before you start such as ‘messy play has to stay in the kitchen’ or ‘lets try and keep the messy play in the box’ etc. That way children will be positive about engaging with the messy play you provide and not on edge that they are going to get in trouble for making a mess.