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Creative and Messy Play!


The information below is taken from the Getting Ready to Learn Programme's recommended website 'Play Scotland' ( . These resources detail the importance of play and lots of fun experiments to try at home!

Play is essential to children’s development. Messy Play can help develop children’s senses as they explore the different textures of materials.


Messy Play also helps children develop their imagination as they are allowed to play freely and investigate. Children can gain independence and develop their problem solving skills through Messy Play as they choose the materials and decide how to best make their creations.


There are many materials which you can use for Messy Play and in this booklet we have included some recipes which you and the children can make together.


Remember to dress for mess .... old t-shirts, aprons and cover floors with newspapers... Have fun!