Schools Up! Entertain your Little Darlings with these Messy Play Ideas

Schools Up! Entertain your Little Darlings with these Messy Play Ideas

School is up for most and with 6 weeks off it’s time to plan how to entertain your children over the school holidays.

Coming up with messy play ideas such as painting is a wonderful, fun and educational activity for children which stimulates body and mind. Messy play is always a guaranteed hit with children. Even the simplest of activities, but especially those that involve paint which combine playing, learning, self-expression and development of motor skills. Although setting up messy play can take some time (and tidying even more) it creates hours of fun and amusement which gives children the opportunity to make and keep their own creation.

Whether you’re looking for messy play ideas for use indoors, outdoors, in winter or summer at school or at home or even messy play ideas for a kids party then the following can be tailored to suit!

How to Set Up Messy Play Activities to Encourage Learning and Play

This activity takes only 10 minutes to set up which is great value considering it creates a couple of hours of creative fun for the kids. Ideally this could be done outside but indoors if fine if weather prevails.

Here’s what you will need and we have provided links through to our go to kids arts and crafts brand Baker Ross:

Set up your area, put loads of newspaper down on the floor with a selection of coloured card in the middle. Make sure there’s enough newspaper for the children to sit on around the assortment of card and make sure that there’s a piece of card for each child so they can  take a piece home. For example, if there’s 14 kids then put down 14 pieces of card in the centre on top of the newspaper.

Put down plastic bowls filled with interesting bits that they can add to their creations including the items from the bumper craft kit:

The more bowls you have the better, it will look more fun to the kids who will see the little items much more easily if they are split up.

Add a big squirt of each of the coloured poster paint into a bowl and set up amongst the collage kit items. If possible, set the order of the paints in order of the colours of the rainbow (or as close to this) to help teach them about the order of these colours.

If you have any toy cars that will withstand a bit of paint (are easy to clean) then these make great messy play activities. Show the kids how to dip the wheels in and roll them across the paper. Teach them the colour of the rainbow too, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet in a rainbow shape makes a beautiful design that their parents will hang up with pride!

Cut potatoes in half and shape into shapes or letters, if time permits then cut the shapes of each letter of the first name for each child!

It’s great to work collaboratively with each child being shown how to use the items. Each child will undoubtedly prefer one item to the other but it’s important to show them the variety because children of pre-school ages can have a short attention span as we all know!

Try and turn it into a team building and sharing exercise so that the children know from the offset that they are jointly collaborating in a work of art together. Messy play like this is open-ended, so the children can use the materials however they like.

Now if you want to take this one step further then you can create messy play with gloves! Here’s what to do:

  • You’ll need 1 glove for 2-3 children as they won’t all use them at the same time (they will need a hand so be prepared to manage their expectations about taking it in turns)
  • Take your gloves and half fill halfway with watered down poster paints (50/50 water to paint ratio should do it), don’t make it too runny or the paint will come out too fast.                            
  • Make little holes into the ends of the gloves so the paint can come out (using a pin will work)                                                                                                                   
  • You can use as many colours as you want, you may want to add different colours into the fingers or each glove if you’re feeling particularly creative!                                                          
  • Use rubber bands to secure the tops of the gloves
  • Pass the gloves around to the children and encourage them in sensory messy play by asking them how the glove feels.
  • Encourage them to move the glove around to help with motor skills
  • Ask them to squeeze hard and softly so they can understand how it affects the painting and encourage the to use the fine motor skills
  • Make sure the children are allowed to make handprints in the paint to print with their own hands

Expect a mixture of quiet concentration, chat and co-operation and shrieks of delight.

Now you just need the children to use their imagination and their hands. Don’t forget the aprons!!

Click here to discover all of Baker Ross arts and crafters products. We offer great bulk buy discounts on all products. Be sure to check out all of the latest deals from Baker Ross including Baker Ross Voucher Codes and Sale Offers.

Amazon also have some amazing arts and crafts deals. Check out this amazing Crayola Inspiration Art Case for example which is reduced from £71.28 to £26.44!! 

These scratch art kits from Amazon may be full price but will keep your kids entertained for hour so are worth every penny!

Amazon also, have a great all in one Mister Maker Doodles bumper art kit which has a great saving, reduced from £17.75 to £10.50. 

Miranda Ryder

Miranda Coombes, mother of 2, passionate about the environment,

keen horse rider, marathon runner and a business owner


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