Are you looking for activities to do that are mess free but will keep your children entertained? Below I have listed some fab ideas for children with the appropriate age group next to each activity. And best of all they are mess free!
🌸 Paint in a bag – simply fill a sealed bag with paint (you could also use sequins, glitter and other sensory materials) tape the bag down to a hard surface, let your children explore the bags using their hands, but best of all its mess free! (babies – 3years)
🌸 Bubble wrap play – hours of fun popping bubbles! You could also tape it to hard flooring for babies to crawl on!
🌸Colour matching activities – place coloured sheets of paper on the floor / table along with a box full of different coloured items. Ask your child to sort the toys out into colour groups! You could also do this as a shape activity! 3year +
🌸Collinder and pipe cleaner play – let your children thread pipe cleaners / string through items with holes! I found out that Collinders work amazing for this!
🌸Re use plastic bottles by making them into sensory shakers for your children to use to explore and to create music and sounds with! You could use glitter and water, pompoms, bells and sticks! (babies – 3 years)
🌸Magnet play – practise spelling and mathematical equations using magnets, you could even use them on your fridge! 4yrs +
Who’s up for some messier ideas?
Every child loves getting messy through sensory play and taking part in craft activities. Below I have listed some fab messy play ideas for children with the appropriate age group next to each activity!
🌸Playdough – you don’t even need to pre buy the playdough, why not make your own, you can even add scented flavour to the mixture! Children have hours of fun building models, cutting and making shapes and even writing in the dough.
🌸Baking- baking isn’t just fun but is educational at the same time, from reading numbers on scales and measuring to learning about the dangers of ovens! They also end up with a yummy treat at the end!
🌸 Mono painting – put some paint into a tray, let your children draw in the paint using fingers, sticks ect to create a picture, once they have finished, place a peice of paper over the top of the paint to print the picture! You could encourage them to draw shapes, write their name and write numbers!
🌸Ice play – fill containers with water, add items to the water such as, dinosaurs, small bricks and sequins. Freeze the container to make it into an ice block. Put the ice into a tray for the children to watch melt and for them to chip away at it with plastic utensils to recover the hidden toys!