Whether it’s a snowy day in the Christmas break and children need a break from the TV, or the middle of the Summer holidays and you’re in need of some time at home and a break from the beach. Sometimes, it’s fun to just get back to basics and have some good old fashioned messy play. Or if the thought of messy play fills you with dread – then you’ll also find some ideas that’ll help you out and keep the kids busy.
Try a little gardening
All kids love getting messy! And if your garden is in need of a little spruce up, then this could be an ideal project for you and your little ones in the early spring/summer months. Why not try something really colourful to enhance your front lawn? Planting a Crape Myrtle from The Tree Center together would be an excellent place to start.
If a large plant is a little ambitious, or perhaps you just don’t have room. Then try filling a window box or try planting some tomatoes or strawberries – your children can then reap the rewards afterwards!
This is a great idea if you have a few old t-shirts lying around. Get out the poster paints and let the kids decorate their own t-shirts. Keep it simple with potato prints, or shake things up a little bit and use a pepper! Make their own intricate designs in a variety of colours, the only limit is their imagination.
Create a fairy garden
No need for buying expensive kits in the toy shop. All you need is an empty plant pot, some soil and pebbles and a couple of little plants. Paint a fairy door, or add a little bird house to the scene and you can sit back and wait for the fairies to come to play.
Water balloon batting station
Nothing says summer more, than a bucket filled with water balloons. Make it even more fun – and challenging – by adding a tennis racket or bat and see who can hit them the furthest. Without getting too wet of course!
This is a lovely idea and the finished products also serve as keep sakes for you to hang onto and put on display forever. Simply find some stones – preferably those of a large, flat and smooth design and break out the poster paints.
Make a treasure hunt
Create a treasure hunt made of 10 clues or less – to keep the kids interested! Start in the house and make your way out into your garden!
This is an easy way to keep the mess restricted to outdoors. Get the kids to draw on the pavement outside their home or on the patio with outdoor chalk. Create a story, make a hopscotch game or even practice writing their names!
Make friendship bracelets
You’ll find plenty of inspiration online for more intricate bracelets. However some of the more simpler designs can be achieved with some thick wool and some raw pasta tubes – paint these bright colours!
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