I bought a can of shaving foam for 26p at Sainsbury’s a while back intending to do messy play. I had seen a post on The Imagination Tree’s blog (check it out-it’s full of lovely ideas!), and that was the inspiration for buying the shaving foam. It’s sat in the cupboard since then, and then yesterday I decided it was time we did messy play again. There was no forecasted rain and it was quite warm outside. I got the tuff spot out, and while Miss E ate her snack sat with Mr P, I shredded up all the cotton wool. When we was done we took it and the can of shaving foam outside. I dumped the cotton wool onto the tuff spot then squirted a can of shaving foam onto it and we mixed it in. It was the most lovely, squishy, soft, fluffy play ever. Miss E loved spreading it all over herself, especially in her air. She had fun trying to stand up then falling over as the shaving foam made the tuff spot all slippy *close parental supervision is required*. She was laughing and repeatedly saying, “Slippy, slidey!” We spent a good hour playing with this, and, of course, she had fun putting it in my hair and on my clothes. Afterwards she asked for some water in her paddling pool and she enjoyed putting all the fluffy soap into the water and watching it float and also pouring water on herself. It was very good, and very messy fun!
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It’s been a while since I mentioned that I’d post about the fun we got up to on Bank Holiday Monday, but here it is. It was a beautiful sunny day and we got a big box of potato flakes(smash, instant mash, whatever other names you can think of for the stuff). I popped the flakes into an old tin, placed it on the tuff spot along with things like funnels, rakes, little trucks etc. Miss E played with it dry as it was for a while. She enjoyed scooping, watching it as it fell back through her fingers. She enjoed making tracks as she pushed the truck through the flakes.
When we got tired of playing with it dry, I added some water via a little bowl Miss E had to play with. We added water one little bowl at a time. She loved putting the flake into the water and watching them mix together. We both loved smooshing the soppy mixture through our fingers on the tuff spot. In fact, I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most!! It was a lovely time spent out in the sun, with some messy sensorial play that cost hardly anything. It’s amazing what you can do with the things found in your cupboards (or in this case on the shelf at the store)!
first bowl of water
This week, I wanted to get on with planting some more vegetable seeds as time is slowly but surely ticking away (how is it May already?!). I have a huge stack of egg cartons sat on a shelf in the kitchen and knew these would make perfect little seeding trays. I separated the lid from the bottom, pierced holes into the bottom of each little egg section for drainage and then set that back into the lid. We took our tuff spot outside along with the egg cartons, compost and some spoons etc and we enjoyed some fun in the sun. It was just what was needed after an extremely hard morning.
filling the carton with compost
it’s serious work
abandoning the spoon in favour of using her hands
I wonder what will happen if I just tip this carton upside down
hopefully lots of lovely veg will come from this
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We love a good bit of messy play in this house, and so we are linking up to share our messy play photos in memory of little Matilda Mae. x
Where our messy play began
homemade baby safe finger paints
yoghurt painty fun
scooping and pouring with cornflakes
digging in the veg plots
Why not click on the link badge at the top of this post to meet some other people who linked up and see what they are doing that’s very messy and playful.
Our plan this afternoon is to do some potato prints. I loved doing this when I was little. All you need to do is cut a potato in half, mark on whatever shape you would like to print, and carefully cut around it so the bit you want to print with stands out. The potatoes then need to be dried off with some kitchen paper or a cloth so they will soak up the paint. As you can see from my bowl, my husband enjoyed creating the potato stamps just a little too much 😉 I’ve also got a tablecloth to put down to get clean up simple. This could go very well, and if it does I shall pass on some artwork to grandparents. If it doesn’t……………………..well we will still have had fun in the process 😀