At the end of July ‘Mess Around’ did a session at Lou’s new school, as she wasn’t able to attend I searched their website and was delighted to find that a session was being held on 6th August at a local village hall, only a few miles away from where we live.
‘Mess Around’ provide messy play sessions from babies aged 6 months old, (sitting unaided) to children aged 5. These sessions are run all over the UK.
I was keen to book Lou onto the session as she thrives on messy, or sensory activities. I also wanted Moo to experience the session as she’s more on the move now and has already taken an interest in messy play, particularly sand and water play.
There was a great variety of experiences set out all over the hall including:
● Yellow gloop
● Coloured rice
● Coloured spaghetti
● Ribbons and streamers
● Paint with a variety of rollers and painting tools
● Purple play dough with cupcake moulds and stand
● Sand tray
● Water tray including water beads
● Coloured rice pudding
● Balloons covered in shaving foam and tennis rackets/swatters
● Coloured porridge oats – made into a Union Jack pattern
This all made for a very inviting a colourful site on a ‘Carnival Sports Party’ them, which tied in nicely with the start of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. The session included music of a up-beat, party style.
The organisers had taken a lot of care and attention in laying out the materials on the sports party theme, and included medals and cups into the ‘Tuff Spot’ or builder’s tray.
We hadn’t encountered ‘water beads’ before, both Lou and Moo were fascinated with their texture and Lou was surprised she could pick them up as she described them as “flat under the water.”
We were fascinated with the yellow gloop mould that could be explored with cooking spoons and spatulas.
The highlight of the session, especially for Lou, was the foam machine – at first she wasn’t sure but she got right in there and throughly enjoyed the feeling of the foam raining down!
I would recommend Mess Around sessions to anyone, they are well organised and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly, they went around at various points with a bubble machine. There was an area that included wash bowls and towels to clean up at the end, it was also good to be reminded when booking the session to ensure the children wore old clothes so they could fully explore the materials on offer.
For more information please vist:
Mess Around UK
To find a session.
Our session was run by Mess Around Worcestershire
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Thanks for reading 🙂