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Top 5 Messy Play Activities

Sensory Bin

In this blog we talk about our top 5 messy play activities. Messy play is made up of mud, sand, dirt, leaves, goop, foam, paint, water, and grass.  Whipping up a mess is fun. It is also beneficial to your child’s growth. It strengthens their senses, improves their hand-eye coordination, and helps them build fine motor skills. The sensory play focuses on stimulating touch, sight, and hearing as those senses are most accessible. Here are the top 5 messy play ideas to spark your kid’s imagination.

GIANT SENSORY BIN

A giant tangible bin will help keep the grass, toys and fun contained and let your little one dump, toss, and play the entire day!

Sensory Bin

Materials List

Plastic Tub

Grass

Leaves, Rocks and Sand

Toys

Basket

You can put pretty much anything into the sensory bin. The sensory bin will help your child explore using their senses.

CHIA SEED SLIME: TASTE TEST SAFE SLIME

This one is a fun slime that is great for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It is safe for little ones to explore and even taste without having to worry about nasties. And playing with it is addictive for you too!

CHIA SEED SLIME

Chia seed slime directions

Add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to 1 cup of water and give it a whisk. Cover in plastic wrap and leave overnight to soak (or for a minimum of 2 hours) *optional to add food dye and flavour / scent extracts.

Move to a larger bowl and slowly add 1 cup of cornstarch until desired consistency is achieved.

Add more or less cornstarch for different textures, ideally you want it slimy but add enough cornstarch so it doesn’t stick to your hands. You can use this slime as a play activity on its own or as a base for small world sensory play.

Now that your slime is done, stretch it, squish it and have lots of fun.

BALLOON PAINTING

This activity promotes a fantastic sense of spatial awareness. It’s a fresh and exciting take on painting, which is a favourite past time for most kids.

paint play

What you need: 

Balloons

Child-friendly paint

Cardboard or large sheets of paper (easel pads, for example)

Large safety pins

A funnel

How you do it: 

To begin, fill the balloons with paint. You can use a funnel for a cleaner outcome, or you can join in on the sensory fun by filling the balloons without a funnel.

Close the top end of the balloons with a knot and poke holes in the balloon’s bottom with a safety pin. Allow any blunders that may arise while the children apply paint to the cardboard by squeezing it from the balloons.

RETRIEVE ANIMALS

Hide big toy animals in the mud or sandpit and allow your child to discover and dig them out with their fingers and toes. By naming each animal that they recover, they can improve their listening and language abilities. Also, count the number of animals that they find!

hidden toys

PLAYING WITH SPAGHETTI AND PASTA

Number 5 of our top 5 messy play ideas is playing with spaghetti as it is always a big hit, and it’s so easy to do! It’s great for improving fine and gross motor skills as well as pincer grips. Cook until just done, drain, and add some food colouring if you’d like to brighten it up a little. How much fun!

spaghetti play

Finally, Manage the Mess with These Waterproof Play Mats!

If the idea of messy play makes you feel super uncomfortable, you no longer have to go around cleaning. The Freddy and Co Playmat is water resistant and easy to clean. The reversible design means that once your child has grown out of one side you can turn it over to use the other.

To shop the Freddy and Co range of playmats click here.

picnic baby playmat

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Easter Activities for Toddlers – A Fun Way To Learning

Looking for some fun Easter activities to do with your kids? The Easter egg hunt has always been a favourite for kids and parents alike but why not try some new activities too? There is a lot of simple toddler Easter activities ideal for getting in the Hippity Hoppity spirit. Easter is almost here, and […]

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Easter Activities for Toddlers – A Fun Way To Learning

Easter Bilby

Looking for some fun Easter activities to do with your kids? The Easter egg hunt has always been a favourite for kids and parents alike but why not try some new activities too? There is a lot of simple toddler Easter activities ideal for getting in the Hippity Hoppity spirit.

Easter activities

Easter is almost here, and the Autumn season is so delightful that it’s truly hard not to appreciate it. It’s so welcoming after being cooped up inside for a really long time.

Whenever I think Easter, I think Easter fun activities: Easter eggs and obviously the Easter bunny!  So, let’s get into the fun part!

Easter Bilby

Easy and Fun Easter Activities Ideas

Toddlers have a unique mix of interest, freshly discovered freedom, thoughtfulness, and chaos. These simple Easter activities will allow your babies to investigate their curiosity and creativity and work on fundamental skills like hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Glow in the dark Easter Egg Hunt

Setting up a glow in the dark Easter egg hunt is so simple and is bound to be be enjoyed by the whole family.

You will require:

Glow stick bracelets

Easter egg fillers

Huge plastic eggs

To Set Up Your Easter Egg Hunt:

glow in the dark

Start by activating and gathering the glow stick bracelets.

Place them into huge plastic eggs alongside a treat or prize.

Seal the eggs, and you are good to go!

Hide the eggs outside just after dark, and afterward, have the children proceed to discover them!

Marshmallow Slime

You can call it both slime and play dough. It’s not quite slimy, but it isn’t quite play dough either. Regardless of the name, it’s a great science and sensory experience for the toddlers (and you!).

Marshmallow Slime Directions:

Place the marshmallows in a microwave-safe bowl.

Add one tablespoon of coconut oil to the bowl.

Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and mix the ingredients.

Add three to five tablespoons of cornstarch.

The mixture will be quite sticky but will reduce as you add the cornstarch.

Once the cornstarch is mixed in well, form the marshmallow slime into a ball.

Now that your marshmallow playdough is complete, it’s time to play!

Easter Sensory Bin

This giant tangible bin will help keep the grass, and Easter fun contained and let your little one dump, toss, and play the entire day!

You will require:sensory basket

Plastic Tub

Easter Grass

Plastic Eggs (Different Types/Sizes)

Toys

Easter Basket

You can put pretty much anything which will help your child explore their senses into this Easter sensory bin.

Easter Bonnets and Hats

Easter hats are a traditional part of Easter celebrations at primary school. No Easter celebration would be complete without the Easter bonnet. Decorate your hats and bonnets with beautiful colours, sparkles, feathers and other craft products. We’ve listed a few ideas below:

easter bonnet

Popping Rabbit Easter Bonnet

Floral Bunny Ears Headband

Paper Plate Rabbit Ears

Carrot Hat

Spring Chicken Hat

Spring Theme Easter Hat

Easter Party Hat

Egg Shell Hat

The options are endless!

Keep in mind, it’s not about the final product but the process of having fun and enjoying spending quality time with your little one along the way.

Top 5 Messy Play Activities

In this blog we talk about our top 5 messy play activities. Messy play is made up of mud, sand, dirt, leaves, goop, foam, paint, water, and grass.  Whipping up a mess is fun. It is also beneficial to your child’s growth. It strengthens their senses, improves their hand-eye coordination, and helps them build fine motor […]

Read more

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Taking a baby out for the first time is sometimes a worrying issue for most new parents, particularly first-time parents. The concern is that a newborns  immune systems has not adequately matured and therefore will struggle to fight off illnesses. Read our guide to taking your baby out. So, When Is It Safe to Take […]

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