5 Best Messy Activities for Infants + Toddlers
Infants and Toddlers love good sensory squishy, mushy, splashy play. It is also essential to understanding their world. Occasionally there is the child that would prefer to stay clean, but in my 10 years of teaching and 3 years with these two, they are the exception. Our twins certainly have sensory activities they don't like (shaving cream) but they also have ones that they love. Here are 5 of our favorite messy activities from the past year:
Updated from the original post in August 2014
Find yourself wondering what all the fuss is about light tables? Simply put: light tables are a beautiful way to engage the senses and deepen explorations. Young children are often fascinated by color wherever they go. Painting on a light table is a wonderful way to explore this medium.
Paint is the art material of choice in our house. Our twins have been exposed to a wide variety of materials over the past three years, but they always return to paint and therefore I am constantly in search of ways to expand their interest.
MUD! This was simulatenously one of the best and one of the messiest playdates we have ever had. Mud is messy (as if that needed stating). However, the amazed look when my daughter realized that she could really pour mud wherever she wanted, the giggles, and the two hours of intense exploration make it completely worth the messy clean up.
We did this for our twins' third birthday party. It was pancake themed and this flour sensory bin for the kids to play in was a huge hit. My daughter especially loved it and spent the entire afternoon following her party sitting right in the middle of it digging away. I haven't done a post about this, but it was too fun not to add on our favorites list. Set up is simple. Find a large bin or drawer that can be placed on the ground. Fill it with bags of flour (I think we used 6) and provide various cooking materials (sprinkles, wooden spoons, child sized whisks, bowls, etc)
We love water play and hoses were the easiest and yet most popular activity in our messy repetoire when our twins were toddlers. Our only issue was sharing one hose.
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