At Messy Monkeys messy play babies and toddlers can splat paint, squelch gloop, and splash water and we do the tidying up!
Messy play for little ones is not only a whole lot of fun, it’s also extremely beneficial for their developing brains. Through messy play, babies and toddlers can explore their developing senses and blossoming creativity in a fun and safe environment.
Allowing children to explore different materials and textures helps them to learn about the mechanics of the world around them – it might look like they’re having a bit of a giggle but there’s serious learning happening! Not only do children develop an early understanding of arts and crafts from messy play, they also gain an insight into the basics of science and maths; learning about gravity, cause and effect, the difference between liquids and solids and how different substances react in different situations.
Free and creative play is an essential part of a child’s learning process; messy play is a fabulous way of allowing young children to gain confidence in their own imagination rather than giving them structured, adult led activities. By focusing on the ‘process’ rather than the ‘product’ children gain confidence in their own choices and ideas, rather than simply trying to do what they think adults want them to do.
It’s easy to see how plentiful the benefits of messy play are in the early years development of a child, and the fantastic thing is that children love it!