When I hear these words I feel such a level of excitement...while other parents may feel complete fear or resistance when they hear their child ask to paint, play with bubbles, or build with playdough. We as parents MUST move past this feeling because every child NEEDS messy play because it’s ESSENTIAL to their development!
Through exploratory play children learn, grow, and experience the world around them through all of their senses--including touch, sight, hearing, taste, smell, as well as movement (vestibular) and body awareness (proprioception). Sensorial experiences benefit EVERY area of development including physical, language, social emotional, cognitive, and creative development all in ONE activity. What is also AMAZING about messy play is that ANY child can participate and benefit at ANY level together. All ages and levels will approach sensory play differently which is a wonderful way to observe and discover your child’s uniqueness, preferences, likes and dislikes, strengths, passions, etc.