Providing rich learning opportunities through messy play

Messy play is a broad term and is often used to describe a very wide range of activities. Practitioners plan diverse experiences from scooping up shaving foam, soap flakes and gloop in the water tray to painting with hands and feet. There’s such a vast array of creative activities related to the mud kitchen and concoction making. Learning opportunities can be small or large scale, both indoors and out. It can be a calm or boisterous activity. It can be collaborative or solitary and it can involve huge pieces of equipment or the tiniest of bowls and spoons.