Taking learning outdoors shouldn’t just be a case of half an hour of outdoor play or story time in the sunshine. The outdoor classroom is a world full of opportunities, and what better way to spend a day, than taking messy play outside. Children love messy play, and not only is it fun, but it encourages sensory development and provides the ideal opportunity for children to experiment and explore.
Why not provide your little ones with materials like corn flour, food colouring, dirt, water, baking soda and more? With Messy play, the only limit is your imagination.
Need some inspiration? Here’s two of our favourite messy play ideas…
You will need:
( Source: Growing a Jewled Rose )
Magic mud couldn’t be simpler, simply mix your soil, water and baking soda together until you get a gloopy consistency. Then add your paints or chalk to create brightly coloured creations. Finally, add your cup of vinegar and sit back and watch the magic… as your mud starts to fizz and erupt with colour.
You will need:
Washable liquid watercolours
To create your wonderful, gloopy slime simply start by mixing about ¼ cup of water with an individual size bottle of PVA until you get a smooth consistency. Then add the watercolour until you are happy with the colour (to create a marble effect, create individual batches and swirl them together). Next, mix in some glitter to give it a sparkle.
Finally, pour about 1/2 cup of liquid starch into the mixture, stir it with a spoon until it begins to thicken and finish off by using your hands to help it to mix and come together. (If the mix feels too sticky, add a bit more liquid starch.)
Note: This not mixture is not safe for consumption.