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23. Messy Play

Messy play may sound like a terrible idea when you’re already battling the regular mess that comes with toddlers.
23. Messy Play

Messy play may sound like a terrible idea when you’re already battling the regular mess that comes with toddlers. But done the right way, it doesn’t have to mean too much damage, and you’ll really reap the rewards. Research tells us that the more toddlers can use their hands to interact with unusual textures and sensations, the more likely they’ll be open to the textures of different foods in their mouths, helping to ward off the perils of the ‘fussy eater’. We also know that when all the senses are being stimulated, children learn more. That’s why at nursery they set up all those things you probably wouldn’t dream of getting out at home, like shaving foam and whipped cream. Other materials like play dough and trays of dry pasta shapes are a good compromise and easy to set up at the kitchen table. Try hiding puzzle pieces inside them so they have to find all the pieces, or magnetic letters that spell out their name or simple words. You’ll find they’re delighted by the sensations and the freedom to get messy without reproach.

May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

23. Messy Play

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