Marvellously messy!

Written by: Annette Rawstrone
2 October 2018

Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from pre-school looking a little grubby. They will have been exploring messy play, an activity which is all about tactile exploration, says Annette Rawstrone.


What is messy play?

Your child is probably well capable of making a big mess and you spend much of your time tidying it up, so it may be surprising to hear that childcarers actually encourage this type of play. In most early years settings you’ll find a range of planned messy play activities from playing with sand and water, to exploring the textures of shaving foam or gloop to the delights of mud. It’s also sometimes referred to as ‘sensory play’ because of the freedom that children are given to experiment with the materials.

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