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Messy Play Equipment
Messy play resources include practical resources for minimising and containing mess, such as aprons, table covers and tidying-up resources. These together with locating materials outside where possible can really help to reduce stresses. For supplies of these early year's staples try Cosy, YPO, Hope Education, TTS and Amazon.
A range of containers not only help contain mess and influence a child's explorations but some containers can inspire avenues of scientific inquiry, highlight scientific possibilities or inspire imaginative play. The type of container chosen and its size shape, appearance and properties will all influence the emerging exploration and play. For some children and adults a range of containers provides them with reassurance that they will contain the mess and confidence to engage with the materials.
Tools & Utensils
Tools and utensils can enable children who would otherwise struggle to touch messy materials, to actively get involved as well as introducing opportunities for exploring science, problem solving, entering imaginary worlds and developing physical mastery.
Variety is Key
When planning your provision of containers and tools or utensils to support children's material engagements it's helpful to plan with interest and variety in mind rather than simply buying in bulk. Different types of spoons, tongs and utensils will not only work in very different ways but also introduce opportunities for challenge, problem solving, comparison and inspiring imagination. Similarly a tiny glass potion bottle will inspire very different play and learning than a large cauldron. A variety of containers and tools made from different materials, in a range of sizes, shapes and cultural roots will bring about far richer play, learning and communication opportunities than the typically plastic bowls offered with many water tables. We've made it our business sourcing unusual, exciting, robust and safe resources, so browse below for a range of different tools, utensils and containers.