Messy play contributes enormously to the development of a child’s cognitive and creative abilities. It allows a child to explore their senses by providing the opportunity to pour, mix, squeeze and squelch materials not normally available to them. Also, not having to produce something in particular, leaves a child free to explore all sorts of possibilities. It taps into a child’s curiosity about the world around them and feeds their irresistible urge to try new things out and experiment.
In short, the benefits that messy play bring to a child’s development are extensive but don’t just take it from us. Here are a just a few of the reviews received from some of our members.
“Darcey has really come out of her shell, her confidence has really bloomed. She looks forward to finding out what activities have been set out each week (which are far too messy for me to do at home!!!) A really enjoyable, fun and friendly group.”
“Annabelle has learnt social skills and her eating has improved as I have become more confident to let her touch and feel her food and get messy” from a mum of a 9 month old
“Oli and I had a lovely time yesterday. Thank you so much for organising such an activity. As much I would love to provide experiences like this at home, the reality is I won’t due to time spent organising, playing and then clearing it all up. Looking forward to next week already.”
Mess Around also has professional backing:
“As a children’s dietician I help a lot of families with little ones who are fussy eaters. Children who dislike or aren’t used to getting their hands dirty are more likely to dislike the messiness of eating, and so it’s no coincidence that they are often fussy eaters too – that’s why dieticians and other feeding specialists recommend messy play as one of the key ways of preventing and helping with this. Mess Around seems the perfect setting for children to learn to love getting messy – and with the advantage of meeting other parents, and having someone else to clean up afterwards! When I visited it was a friendly, safe and relaxed atmosphere. I can highly recommend it – particularly for those who don’t think their children will like it – they are probably the ones who would benefit from it most.” Zoe Connor Freelance Dietician based in Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire www.zoeconnor.co.uk