Every time I plan a activity at home with my son I’m always intentional with what it will bring to the table in terms of learning.
I believe messy play is one of the best ways you will get your child to learn.
Here are just a few of my favourite messy play based learning activity I do with my son most weekends.
We love a good cooking session together! Now I know a few people are probably wondering what baking brings to the minds of children and how they learn, well that’s just it. Cooking with your children teaches them so much!!
Cooking with your children helps
- Social development for older children definitely helps them develop independence and confidence, with all ages it’s a great open ended question starter.
- Physical development. As you can see from this photo my son is holding cooking items, he loves to help stir and can hold a wooden spoon very well. He has great hand eye coordination from cooking.
Cognitive development again by looking at this photo my son didn’t need to be shown or helped how to hold a wooden spoon and try and stir, he began this action from watching me do it first.
Play dough so many ways you can learn with play dough! As shown here our son was actually learning his numbers via play dough!
there are so many benefits to play dough based play it’s crazy. Not only is play dough super easy to make “trust me” I’ve been making play dough for almost eight years straight it’s also super fun for kids and most of the time they don’t even know they are learning all at the same time.
- Play dough helps fine motor skills
- Creativity and imagination
- Hand-eye coordination
There’s so many different activities play-dough brings to the table.
- Math – learning numbers and counting
- Letters – making letters of the alphabet out of play-dough
- Shapes – learning our shapes and sizes
- Making animals being creative
My next favourite messy activity I have been doing with my son since he was seven weeks is painting!
Again just like play dough there are so many ways to learn through painting it’s endless fun for all ages. Painting is my go too area of activity I live for this messy painting stuff as a educator and mother and here’s why.
- Painting gets your child to imagine and let them explore.
- Hand-eye coordination
- Learning colours, shapes, numbers, letters
- Science based learning mixing colours and seeing what happens
- Open ended questions with your child
Bath time or water play is Lorenzo’s favourite form of messy play that I’ve added learning in for.
Since Lorenzo was a baby baby he’s been a water kid and loves any activity I do with him that involves water. Now that he’s older this is usually bath time activity and here’s how I make them educational bath times.
- Fine motor pouring water from one cup to the other.
- Science based learning
- Hand-eye coordinator
not just a regular mum 😘