The benefits of messy play for kids
Please don't let the 'mess' in 'messy play' put you off, it will be so so worth it for your kids!
It is so important to allow your children to explore new things at a young age. Kids are active learners and messy play is a great way to engage their curiosity and creativity because anything goes.
So what are some benefits? Here are just a few
Fine/gross motor skills
Hand eye coordination
Balance and control
Picking up different items, using a paintbrush, scooping up and sticking down all help your child develop their motor skills. By squatting down, doing tiny movements or even big brush strokes its all helping to build muscles and develop coordination
Learning new ideas and concepts
Action and reaction
Colours and how they mix
Liquids and solids
Small, Big, Large
This is a great way to get your child to understand a bit more about how the world works. Research shows that children are actually acting like mini scientists during times of messy play as they discover and experiment.
Communicate in a new way
Speaking and listening opportunities
Shared interest and excitement
Interacting with other kids on the same level
Messy play is the perfect way to encourage your little one to communicate with you as you share an activity. Cue load of 'ooo's, 'aahh's and 'wow!'s. But try taking turns at making marks 'my turn'/'your turn' or 'splash splosh' as you squidge the paint on the page.
Messy play by the name implies MESS but messy pay doesn’t have to destroy your house. I am a firm believer in embracing the mess and just rolling with it but there are plenty of ways to use ‘dry’ materials that are just as beneficial as paint, glue and glitter.
Always prepare your environment and wear old clothes or get an apron. These are good to invest in for protecting nice clothes but they also look adorable.
As a new(ish) parent I understand how daunting it sounds to engage in messy play with your child at home. The mess and the stress of having even more to clean up can be too much so why not find a local club that offers messy play in your area?
Hope you found this helpful!
I will be posting some easy activities you can do with your child at home soon