Messy play is a vital part of children’s early learning, providing essential sensory feedback, plentiful opportunities to test ideas and explore change, a great way of developing lasting childhood memories and increasing cognitive learning. Most children love to freely explore messy play resources but for some early year’s practitioners and children, the idea of getting messy fills them with dread. This fantastic set has been cleverly designed to encourage messy play in several ways:
Instant success - Providing everything needed for a wealth of spontaneous messy play exploration, unconvinced adults will quickly be persuaded of the virtues of messy play by children’s curiosity, excitement and creativity. The handy guide suggests several low or no cost resources, such as offering recycled pots, chocolate box innards, dried lentils, sequins and glitter, which practitioners can add, to further extend children’s play and learning.
Potions - The focus on potion-making, will for some be a more accessible introduction to messy play. Although still open-ended, the emphasis on potions may reassure some adults who might otherwise be concerned about unboundaried mess! What’s more perfume-making is a vital childhood memory and with so many children not exploring and playing outdoors as much as in previous generations, the Potions & Possibilities Set helps redress this.
Introducing a Continuum of Messy Play – Ask most people about messy play and they will tend to list really messy resources like gloop! There’s actually a continuum of messy play, from dry resources through to sticky wet ones, which the guidance notes helpfully explain. So if messy play is a challenge, you don’t need to start with the messiest resources, but something like sand or dried rice instead. This set supports practitioners on their journey into the world of messy play by the provision of dry, unsticky coloured sand; recipes for the creation of wet but not sticky playdough; and finally, cornflour for creating wet and sticky gloop! By following the different stages on the Messy Play Continuum provided, the Positions & Possibilities Set opens practitioners' and childrens' eyes to the richly rewarding world of messy play.
Tools for engaging - For children who struggle to touch some substances (described as tactile defensive) or who are simply not used to mess, the array of tools and utensils provided, and focus on potions, helps include them in messy play.
Provocations – Use the Potions & Possibilities Set to provide an exciting provocation for children. Simply fill some of the containers or cauldron with the sand, arrange the utensils and containers attractively, add the eyeballs and a spooky book like Room on the Broom, and watch this spark role-play, reading and messy play fun.
- 1 (plastic) cauldron
- Several utensils
- Several pots and containers
- Rubber eye balls
- Coloured sand and cornflour
Recipe and guidance