Messy Play made easy.

Messy play is the most fun you can have with your child in one hour sessions.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

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 

Come and Join us

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.

Messy Sensory hands on fun

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.

Book tickets for  Book tickets for Term 4 here 

Contact for more info.

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Benefits of Messy Play

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.

Balloon fun

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.

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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!

Prices start @ $300 for more info.

Messy Innovation is an offshoot of Mess It Up which does Corporate Team Building,  creative thinking, and innovation development workshops.

Messy Innovation

Team Building, Innovation, Idea Generation

Does your Team need some laughs?  

Do you need some inspiration?

Do your colleagues need a boost in their creative and innovative thinking? 

Mess It Up™ is teaming up with Be More Now to bring Messy Play to Adults!

Contact to see how we can help build your team, bring some laughter, while stimulating creativity and innovation in your workplace.

We run creative messy workshops which will get your whole team thinking outside the box, using all their senses and therefore stimulating more areas of their brain, to help them come up with new ideas to boost business.

Messy Innovation is a series of facilitated workshops run in Auckland, designed to unleash your teams creativity,  take them out of their comfort zone, reap the benefits of taking some risks in amongst gloop and paint.

We often run alongside design thinking workshops.

It will make for better work stories.

Why should the kids have all the fun?

Find out more  – email

Creative Gloop

Messy Innovation is a series of creative workshops designed to challenge you to think outside the box, using messy mediums and activities to inspire innovation.

Our experienced professional facilitators will lead your team through a process designed to open and unleash your creative mind, challenge your status quo, think outside the box, and have a lot of fun doing it. We use out of the ordinary techniques to inspire your team to come up with their own innovative ideas.  We are not simply about team building (although it is an awesome side effect) we are about facilitating your team to discover their innovative potential.

Innovation is Messy, sometimes you have to get your hands dirty if you want to move forward, and make changes.

  • We use creative messy techniques to help you and your team unleash their creative minds.
  • We believe that staying in your comfort zone won’t solve your problems for you.
  • A strong team is crucial in any successful business.
  • Learning to get messy is important in the process of letting go and taking risks.
  • Connecting to your inner child, approaching new experiences with the curiosity and openness of a child will open your mind to new possibilities.
  • Retraining your brain to think and laugh like you once did as a child, being less afraid of the outcome and more focused on enjoying the process.
  • Our techniques are designed to allow you to learn /create the way a child learns and creates.
  • It’s time to come to one of our Messy Innovation workshops to discover your teams innovative potential.

Our ability to come up with new ideas are learned in education through play rather than narrowly focused training” Ross Dawson

We have different workshops suited to your needs, whether you want a different approach to overcome a challenge you are facing SLAM IT or whether your team just wants to get out of the office and have some fun and be inspired SHAPE IT.

Does your management team need a boost with their innovative thinking? SMASH IT. Do you want your team to start thinking more creatively and outside the square? SPLAT IT. Is your team in a rut, stuck for new concepts? SPARK IT

Each workshop is available in either of these formats:

  • Half day
  • Full day

Our workshops are run in central Auckland.

  • Ignite multiple new ideas
  • Fill your innovation pipeline
  • Challenge preconceptions
  • Discover new ways to get your mind playing
  • Have some fun along the way
  • Expand your risk tolerance
  • Challenge assumptions
  • Understand the power of simplicity
  • Unlock your creativity
  • Empower your teams potential
  • “Creative isn’t the way I think, its the way I like to live” Paul Sandip

    • Here is your opportunity to unleash your creative mind
    • Anyone can be creative using our ‘messy’ techniques
    • A practical hands on workshop
    • Facilitated creative techniques to get your team out of their comfort zone and working together.
    • Learn how risk taking can trigger innovative thinking.
    • Arrive with a problem and leave with solutions
    • Use creative idea generating techniques
    • Challenge your ‘standard replies’
    • Embrace the risk involved to be different

“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making discoveries” AA Milne

  • Empower your teams innovative thinking
  • Understand how your team works together
  • See the impact of risk on your teams performance
  • Leave energised and ready to be different
  • Team Building like you’ve never seen it before

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” Albert Einstein

Start the Conversation now to begin your Messy Innovation journey


There are many benefits to be gained by businesses wanting to build their team moral, generate new ideas, and discover innovative creative thinking.

In this growing automated, computer driven world, we start to rely more on our creativity to move our businesses forward. Sometimes you need to get your hands dirty, to delve into things to really come up with something new. We need to be creative thinkers in order to affect change and growth.

Using messy mediums opens minds, brings confidence, courage, risk taking and helps to knock down barriers holding people back from their true creative potential. There is no right or wrong way, you are free to dive in, have some fun and get all your senses working which stimulates your whole brain to come up with new ideas.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein

Impact Testimonials

What participants are saying about Messy Innovation Workshops

  • I feel like I know how my team works together a lot better.
  • I feel very uplifted and energised and focused on creativity.
  • Innovation is messy but you have to go there to come out the other end with magic.
  • Was not expecting this to relate so much to our business.
  • Messy Innovation is fun and messes with traditional business thinking.
  • I feel like our team has a fresh perspective towards working together and taking risks.
  • Not stressing the small stuff
  • Need to overcome changes in plans on the road to innovation
  • Have more fun in the process of life and work
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Learning to take more risks and worrying less about consequences
  • Great team building exercise
  • Be more of a YES person