Messy play is the most fun you can have with your child in one hour sessions.
Mess It Up will be bringing Messy Play Events to Takapuna, Orewa, Whenuapai and Meadowbank. They will be bigger and better than ever with limited numbers. Book in to one of our Mess It Up events, and you’ll be coming back for more.
You don’t need to commit to a whole term, just buy a ticket for when the event is on, or to save buy a multi pass. Book tickets for Term 4 here
Mess it up is developmental messy play, where your child can explore, discover, think, learn and problem solve using all their senses.
Messy or sensory play helps connect neural pathways to aid brain development in early childhood. We use many different sensory and messy mediums in each session such as edible finger paint, tempera paint, play dough, slime, gloop, ice, water, shredded paper, foam, sensory rainbow rice, colourful popcorn kernels, pasta, tapioca, chick peas. All ingredients are non-toxic and safe for young children to experience.
The themes vary, book in for as many or as few as you like. The more sessions you book the more you save. To avoid disappointment book now, as sessions numbers are limited.
The best part is you don’t have to clean up afterwards.
If you’re wondering why you should go to the effort of engaging in Messy Play with your child, read on.
Messy or sensory play can help your child’s development on a number of levels. This type of creative play gives children endless ways to develop and learn. Young children rely on sensory input to learn about their environment. Research suggests that sensory play helps build neural connections that support thought, learning and creativity.
Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine / gross motor skills, problem solving / reasoning, and social interaction.
Children will experience lots of opportunities to develop their fine motor skills – squishing and squeezing can help develop pre-writing skills.
There is potential for early Mathematics by discussing size, shape, height, weight and counting and grouping of various mediums.
There are endless opportunities for early Science experiments with mixing, dissolving, temperature, and different textures. These messy activities are also excellent for encouraging a wide range of vocabulary.
Using everyday language to name familiar objects but also creative language using adjectives to describe what’s happening around them, which will help them with early literacy and creative writing later on at school.
So messy play actually has a crucial role in brain development in the early years of childhood. The brain is more adaptable and susceptible when we’re young so we have the ability to be more imaginative and creative with new and different experiences. This creativity leads to innovation and problem solving.
Research studies show a drop in creativity in young children since 1990’s. Children’s exposure to sensory play opportunities is declining. Our little ones tend to spend less time outdoors than the generations before us, and their indoor time is often monopolized by television, gaming, IPADs, or drilling academics rather than fostering important creative play skills. Even though creativity is one of the highest sort after skills that employers look for in this modern automated, computer driven world.
Messy play is not focused on producing something specific, so it gives the child the freedom to explore lots of possibilities. This sense of free play helps to develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Sensory or messy play enables the child to develop a sense of control, as there is no right or wrong way to play or create.
The role of the adult is also very important in these sessions, as although the children need to feel they have the time and freedom to create and explore, young children will look for guidance and support, so we have teaching cards and ideas available for you to help guide your child in their learning. Your reaction to the feeling of slime or dough in front of you will impact your child’s reaction, so be brave and have fun!
As well as all of that, your child will learn about sharing, taking turns, socializing, and making friends.
We have designed our sessions to engage your child and give them the opportunity to try some different things that you may not be keen to do in your own home.
It may take a few sessions to get comfortable with messy play, but the benefits are worth it.
Your child will thank you for it, if not now, in the future!
According to the International Child Art Foundation, “Research indicates that a child who is exposed to the arts acquires a special ability to think creatively, be original, discover, innovate, and create intellectual property—key attributes for individual success and social prosperity in the twenty-first century.”
Have a Mess It Up Party
Looking for an original Birthday Party Idea?
Simply hire a suitable venue and Mess It Up will set up the party. (We can arrange a venue if you don’t have one in mind)
The kids will have free rein of 6 Messy play activities over 1 hour. (Depending on number of children)
It could be the most memorable birthday party your child will have!
We also do art parties or messy parties for school age children. We will clean up the mess afterwards!