One thing almost all children love
is being messy.
This is where it pays to know how to make a variety of clean(ish) messes. Homemade
playdoughs and puttys can be cheap and
easy to make, bring hours of fun, and are
activities that children and adults of all
abilities can enjoy.
These types of sensory play activities enable
children to explore familiar and unfamiliar
materials in different ways, and can be
therapeutic, stimulating, and fun.
Children are often told not to do something
because it’s making a mess, or they’re
getting dirty; but Doug Cole, Chairman of
The International Play Association, has
suggested that not allowing children to take
part in messy play, can hold back a child’s
As playworkers, and parents, we can address
this growing trend by making more time for
messy, sensory play. It may take a little
longer to clean up, and children may get a
bit messy, but it’s one of the most inclusive
types of play and pretty much all children
Wet/dry play dough
1 box (16oz) cornflour; 1 cup water; food
Let children add water to the cornflour in
small additions, and mix the ingredients by
hand. Add food colouring if desired.
1 cup cornflour; 1 cup salt; 11⁄2 cups flour; 1⁄2
cup water (maybe take more)
Mix together cornflour, salt and flour. Add
water and mix.
Links to more info and recipes:
Sensory Play Suggestions