As the bad weather comes its hard to find ways to keep the little’s entertained to stop yourself from going stir crazy (let’s be honest). Getting the kiddie winks to stay entertained PLUS them learning at the same time equals verrrrry happy mama. Winnerrrr.
What do toddlers love? M e s s. Oh boy, are they lovers of mess. Tipping their toys ALL over the house, storing them in your food cupboards, shoes and anywhere they can find a hiding place. Any moms idea of a nightmare right? An organised mess though? Give me a HALLELUJAH!! Want an easy day tantrum free? Fear not ladies/fellas I’m here to save the day. I gave this a go with my little and she loved it a LOT! I’m sure every crazy, mischevious, energy filled toddler (which is pretty much all of them right?) would absolutely love it too.
1) So first off, put that worried about mess mama/dada to the side and get prepared for a fun filled day. I did get a little messzilla and popped an old sheet down to protect that little old floor of mine and it worked a treat. I set up the mess filled floor a little something like this. And then let your little go to town.
Oh and a little tip, paint is involved so make sure they’re wearing something you don’t mind getting ruined.
Just roll with their creativity, I promise it’ll keep them entertained for a good few hours.
2) Throw a few objects into the mix. Painting with brushes is one thing but letting them try with other objects can be fun and a learning experience for them too. Winner! (Can you tell that’s becoming my new favourite word?) To fit in with the “fall” theme, little E tried painting with apples and conkers, it got messy but she loved it. Just cut an apple in half and use it as a stamp with the paint, so simple and makes a cute pattern for them to have fun with.
Eeeeek look at those messy hands! She was absolutely loving life, I may or may not have been twitching a little whenever she got a little too close to my kitchen cabinets BUT no paint got anywhere other than, the paper, the sheet and of course, alllll over her.
3) Draw an object on a plastic zipper bag and pop some paint inside, zip it up and let your little one play to there hearts content. It’s good for them getting used to different textures with absolutely ZERO mess, can’t go wrong with that.
4) Jelly and water time. This requires a few hours notice to make the jelly but once that is done you really are on to a winner. I recommend putting some mats down to prevent mess and slippiness (Trial and error, believe me it hurts to slip on jelly haha).
Throw a few bowls and utensils into the mix and you’ve got the perfect entertainment. They can use their hands if they can brace the mess or just play with it using the utensils and tubs. What child doesn’t love playing with a bit of water too? Mix these two together and your child could be entertained for hours, no joke. Maybe plan this one just before bath time though, I warn you it gets messy!
Children learn the most when they play and when they have to use their imagination. All you need are some paints, paper, paint brushes, paper plates, jelly and some household items. What’s stopping you? I promise you won’t regret giving it a try!
Happy embracing messy play babes.