13 May 2014

More messy play

The Little ones like to get messy, Little 1 often comes home from preschool plastered in something with a great big smile on her face telling me what she has been up to that day. Little 2 loves art and craft activities, it doesn't take long before she downs the paint brush and begins to get covered usually her hands and fingers first then often her face!

I like the fact that they enjoy getting messy and learning about different textures and things but I am not one for mess! I don't like being messy, any messy play in our house is controlled mess, Mummy armed with wet wipes and tables and carpets covered in plastic mats! I want the Little ones to feel comfortable getting messy and be free to enjoy their play so I take them to a messy play session near us. It is great I don't have to clean anything up other than the children which only involves a change of clothes and a warm bath back at home! 

This week the Little ones liked the Strawberry whip and paint mostly. As soon as we arrived Little 1 made a bee line for the tray of whip, the tray was covered in multicoloured sprinkles with a big bowl of whip and various utensils as well as lots of silicone cake cases with whip and sprinkles in, it didn't take long for her to get stuck in .

She started off using a spoon but soon opted for just her hands!

Little 2 is a bit less hands on than her big sister and mostly used a spoon methodically filling her bowl and then pretending to clean the floor with a whip covered brush!

Little 1 dripped some whip on her trousers, she looked to me to see what I would say, I said 'it's ok, it will come out in the wash', she obviously took this to mean she could get really messy as she then proceeded to plaster the stuff on her leggings smiling like a cheshire cat as she rubbed it all in. I then suggested a sit in the water tray would be a good idea to wash it all off!

After a short play in there they were rather clean although still smelling like strawberry, soaking wet up to their middles they headed to the paint, this week some boxes had been set up for free painting.

As usual they started using the brushes then their hands, arms and feet, they were loving it!


A quick dip in the water tray to wash off the yellow paint and Little 2 returned for the red, she spent 40 minutes painting herself and those boxes!

There was also baked beans, sand, dried rice, shredded paper and gravel to play with but none of these got anything much than a fleeting play from my two. We had a lovely morning at messy play and will be back next week.

If you liked this post you can read my previous messy play post here.


  1. That strawberry whip looks awesome! I hope the mums don't have to help clear up? If not, I'd love to go to something like this, to keep it out of my home as much as poss! Looking forward to seeing you at #BritMumsLive!

  2. Nope, I only have to clean up my children! I’m looking forward to putting faces to names at BritMums x

  3. Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)13 May 2014 at 19:42

    Looks like so much fun! So many different textures and messy stuff to play with, too - a preschoolers idea of heaven!

  4. Merlinda Little23 May 2014 at 11:30

    I love how that girl is painting her face too. Kinda like my sonbefore. He would use colored pens on his face! Happy faces are always nice to look at =) #PoCoLo

  5. Thank you, the paint is always the first thing they go to and cover themselves in it, today they were orange!

  6. Victoria Welton26 May 2014 at 23:04

    That looks amazingly great fun!! I am just like you when it comes to mess so it would have to be outside or somewhere else where people would clear up!! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x

  7. We go every week and they do really love it and I love that I don’t have to clean up.

  8. Sara (@mumturnedmom)27 May 2014 at 14:57

    This looks like such good fun! I like doing messy play with mine, but I prefer to do it outside...! Being able to go somewhere else to do it sounds great to me :) #LetKidsBeKids

  9. it is great, they had a merangue and shaving foam tower and lentils this week, thanks for reading x

  10. Merlinda Little27 May 2014 at 23:46

    =P I can already imagine them in that color.

  11. That messy play looks fantastic! What a great thing to have available to you. Keep the mess elsewhere and it means the children can totally embrace the messy play!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  12. Thanks for hosting #letkidsbekids and for commenting x


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