If you’ve taken the plunge and had a go at a few simple messy play ideas that I shared in my previous post Messy play: the absolute basics you’ll hopefully be keen to try more. My children engage so much with these activities; they cooperate better with each other and me, they practice taking turns, they explore and it helps them gain confidence. Its not just my kids either, there is plenty of evidence and research to back this up too. So, to give you a few ideas to get creative with your messy play why not try the following:
Coloured spaghetti. Cook the spaghetti for a couple of minutes less than normal, drain and rinse immediately with cold water to prevent it sticking together. Then mix with food colouring, in a bowl, and allow to dry. Prepare and use within 2 hours if possible and dispose of after you’ve finished playing.
Coloured water. So simple, add a few drops of food colouring to water and it instantly becomes a little more exciting!
Coloured gloop. Make up gloop, one part water to two parts cornflour, then add a few drops of food colouring until you get the desired colour. You could also add glitter or small sequins.
Cloud dough. Mix 4 cups of flour and half a cup of oil (I use sunflower oil so its taste safe but you can use any oil including baby oil).
Why not try to following:
- Coloured rice with sequins. Add in pots, pans and a tea set to let your little one cook up a special meal or treat.
- Colour spaghetti two or three different colours. Add bowls or cups of the same colour with tongs, chopsticks, tweezers and scissors for some colour matching, fine motor fun.
- Make a sensory colour bin. Look for items of all one colour such as cups, funnels, spoons or other items suitable to be played with in water. Add a few drops of the same colour food colouring to your water.
- Sparkly coloured gloop. Add glitter, pom poms and a colour of your choice to make the gloop really sparkle.
- Coloured cloud dough. Add food colouring to the oil before mixing to colour your dough.
If you are looking to get more adventurous with messy play why not try looking through your kitchen cupboards and seeing what you’ve got stuffed at the back that is sitting going out of date. Some ideas for messy play;
Baby rice mixed with melted coconut oil to form a baby taste safe cloud dough. If you want to colour use food colouring.
Oats. Use oats, oats blitzed into oatmeal and water for a simple but fun messy play.
Dried lentils. No need to colour as they come in a lovely orange colour, perfect for adding diggers and tractors to.
Jelly. You can set things into jelly, like small toys or plastic gems or coins, give spoons and bowls and let your little explorer find some treasure.