M week for the baby and toddler has included lots of messy play. It was such fun that the preschooler joined in with many of the activites too.
I have said before that I don’t do enough messy play with my children. Like many I am sure, clearing up generally puts me off. However, M most definitely had to be for mud so we went for it this week. Firstly we started quite tamely with a mud kitchen and we made mud pies and muddy cups of tea. After this I got a bit braver and filled the tough spot with mud! I coincidentally had also filled a large bucket with water for plastic ducks to swim in. Before I knew it the ducks have been turned out and the mud had been added!!!!! Eek! Taking a deep breath the little girl mixed the mud to make soup and a general mess but she LOVED it. This muddy activity lasted for a sustained duration with the girl even getting her feet in. My son – who is usually mess phobic – got swept along with the excitement and soon he was knee high in the muddy potion!
Off the back of the muddy fun I organised a mixing table for her to experiment further and make more potions. I added a range of items: pasta, rice, quinoa, glitter and coloured water. She adored spooning materials into little pots and squirting water and glitter in before mixing them all together. Great for making choices, improving fine motor skills, exploring different textures and role play. We extended this by raiding the herbs in the garden and added rosemary and lemon balm leaves to explore smells too.
It has been a week of messy play (well it was M week after all). This activity involved baby, toddler and pre-schooler. Armed with toy hammers I emptied meringues and the children hammered and bashed the break the meringues up. Super for building arm strength. Needless to say a fair bit of sugar was consumed during the activity!
The baby loves looking himself in the mirror. What baby doesn’t? The baby had many opportunities this week to look in mirrors and he loved it. Chatting to the aby about what he could see, introducing body parts like eyes, nose and chin all extend his vocabulary.