All children learn through play, and messy play is an excellent way for children to explore the world around them.
You can use lots of different things for messy play, from water to sand, shaving foam to jelly – it’s all about giving children the opportunity to discover different textures and sensations. Just have a towel, face cloth or something to clean up with on standby for the aftermath!
Try some different materials one by one in a large bowl or bucket. Start with dry textures like rice or pasta and work up to the really messy stuff. Get them to describe how each one feels as you go along. This is great for language development and their answers are always entertaining!
You can find more fun messy play activities from the NHS.