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Play to Z Ltd

Masterclasses & Training Materials

We're often being asked by local schools, nurseries and parents if we offer bite sized training and hands-on activities? Well the answer is now YES! the first of several Masterclasses took place on 12th December and 18th January and were a great hit with participants. Our favourite piece of feedback came from one dedicated Colchester nursery practitioner who came on her day off! ''The best day off I've ever had!" It doesn't get better than that! Participants also enjoyed the never before offered opportunity to browse in the warehouse of sensory treasures. See below for details of our next Masterclasses taking place in March.

A Fine Mess - understanding the benefits and meaning of children's chaos!  

Messy Play Masterclass - 8th March 1-3pm and April date TBC

This 1 hour Masterclass (plus browsing time) will offer hands-on guidance, demonstrations and bite-sized theory.

What can you expect?

Messy play is exploratory sensory-rich play with wet, dry or in-between textured materials and an emphasis on the process rather than any end product. In Early Years settings and homes up and down the country children will be enjoying getting hands-on with Messy Play. Depending upon their view, practitioners and parents will either be rejoicing or reeling in the mess! Messy Play is often trivialised and misunderstood as being ‘just good fun’. In this Masterclass author, Play Therapist and Early Years researcher Sue Gascoyne will shed light on the complexities of Messy Play resources and its potential as a powerful learning tool. With adult’s attitude a key determinant of the quality of messy play provision, participants will have the opportunity to explore first hand the sensory and wellbeing benefits of material engagements with low-cost resources like shredded paper, gloop, shaving foam and Gelli-play. The 1 hour session with time for questions will offer hands-on guidance, demonstrations and bite-sized theory focusing on:

  • The complexities of Messy Play resources. 
  • Messy Play as a powerful learning tool.
  • Explore first hand the sensory and wellbeing benefits of material engagements
  • Low cost resources found in most homes and settings.

If you want to understand children's messy play engagements better and discover how to get the most out of this enduringly popular type of play, then book now to avoid disappointmentBook here

You can also get involved in Sue's latest book by completing this Messy Play survey.

Sensory Needs Masterclass - sharing tried and tested approaches for supporting children's sensory needs

16th March 1-3pm and 23rd March 1-3pm

Due to popular demand 2 new dates for this session have been added to our schedule. These 1 hour sessions will offer hands-on guidance, demonstrations and bite-sized theory:

  • How children learn through their senses.
  • What it feels like to experience the world as a Sensory Being.
  • Factors to consider when creating an enabling sensory environment.
  • Low cost measures for supporting the sensory needs of the whole child.

Supporting children's sensory processing difficulties, which can become an obstacle to learning, is a huge challenge for nurseries, schools and parents, so book now to avoid disappointment. These Masterclass sessions take place between 1.30 and 2.30pm with an opportunity to browse and ask questions between 1.00-3.00. Book here.

The Masterclasses Approach Explained

This series of Masterclasses represent the first time acclaimed author and trainer Sue Gascoyne has opened the doors of her multi-award winning sensory play company Play to Z, based in Colchester, Essex, to provide a limited number of masterclasses. These hands-on, intimate sessions will enable participants to ask all the questions they never dared ask and discover from an expert on sensory play  Sue will also have on hand copies of her acclaimed books in case you’d like to purchase a signed copy. Set in a converted stable building, packed with character, we look forward to welcoming you to this not to be missed event.

Each Masterclass costs £26 plus VAT and includes the chance to browse the tempting treasures in our warehouse - never before opened to the public, as well as a cuppa and slice of something sweet!

Other Masterclasses Planned

Understanding and Getting the Most from Treasure Baskets

Dates for these and more Masterclasses coming soon, or if you want to make sure you're first in the queue, email us at