Messy play is just what it sounds like: letting kids dive into something messy and play away. Messy play lets kids be creative, explore with their senses, and experiment.
Messy play can sound intimidating if you aren't a fan of messes or haven't done it before. It took me a while to get comfortable with the idea but now that I am, I embrace it and encourage it. Today, I'm sharing a few tips for managing messy play, embracing the mess, and cleaning up.
I have been meaning to make a felt board for the babies for ages. They like the felt boards we have used in classes and at the library. I can think of so many ways to use a felt board with them and I finally got around to actually making them each a felt board. I just love them! They were so easy to make, took probably less than 10 minutes, and cost less than $5 each! Now I just need to start on some projects to use with the felt boards...
While I was stocking up on Easter supplies at the dollar store a few weeks ago, I grabbed a deviled egg tray on a whim. I wasn't sure what I would do with it at first but there had to be something! Over the past week, the babies have been having so much fun putting eggs into cartons that I decided to try a color matching game with them using the deviled egg tray.
All week, the babies have been enjoying a crazy St. Patrick's Day sensory bin. It has a lot of textures, shapes, shades of green, and even different noises. One of the best parts of this St. Patrick's Day sensory bin is that it's mostly made of things from the Dollar Tree!
When I was teaching, I used calm jars in my break space. This was a spot in my library where kids could take a break to regain control of themselves, take a brain break, or calm down. A calm jar is a container with glitter that you can shake up and then watch the glitter settle. It really is very calming! I impulse-purchased some glitter at the Target Dollar Spot's St. Patrick's Day section so I decided to make a St. Patty's day calm jar for the babies.