So, at our house, messy play is encouraged. Okay, perhaps encouraged isn't the best word, perhaps necessarily tolerated is better. I know it's something my boys need, but if I'm completely honest, I only ever do it if I am in the right mood. This is because I know that if I'm not in the mood to clean up and get messy, I probably shouldn't let my kids even start. It won't end well for anyone. That said, when I am in the right mood, I really do love watching them dig into something ooey, gooey, muddy, dirty, slimy and gross. I love watching their faces as they find new ways to make something more disgusting, more messy and more malleable to their will!
This activity wasn't particularly messy (though a bath was taken afterwards) but it was fun to watch them. It started out innocently enough. See:
However, after a few minutes of dabbing the paper (which wasn't working very well - guess that's what I get for buying the cheap Paint Dabbers), they moved onto something much more fun: their own little bodies.
It quickly became apparent this wasn't nearly as satisfying as this:
(Ha ha! I love the look on their faces!)
After a while, my youngest decided he'd had enough.
While my oldest could've done it all night long! Love the mischievous look on his face as he continues to find new things to dab paint on! That said, the photo session was over quickly when he came for me
and the camera!
If you haven't tried messy play with your kids, I can't recommend it enough! Though, like I said, make sure you are in the right place to enjoy it too cause you are bound to end up with something on you! Mud, paint, baking soda and bottles of colored vinegar, pouring stations, play doh -
if you can think of it, I promise your kids will love it!
Seriously, take time to make a mess today
(then make your kids clean it up cause they'll have fun doing that too)!
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