Today I’m going to share with you an old post. I loved doing it with Amelia and think you will love to see it too! This post was originally published June2014. How small was Amelia!!! Hope you enjoy!
I love the idea of messy play and have lots of different things I would like to test out with Amelia but I do tend to put it off. So when I saw this idea I knew it was about time to give some more messy play a go!
Spaghetti is a really great idea to use for messy play and it’s so simple. I got one pack of spaghetti from Tesco which was 20p (don’t need the fancy stuff for messy play) and just cooked it as I would normally. Once cooked I ran through with cold water and poured a little olive oil over it to stop it from sticking together when it began to cool. I then divided it into bowls and added 5 different food colourings. I think I mentioned in my last messy play activity post that I love these colours as they come up so bright!
I decided to keep this messy play as contained as possible so used the paddling pool. Paddling pools are good ideas for messy play as you could do it indoors but as it was sunny we did it outside!
I put Amelia in an old vest that no longer fits to save washing or ruining any of her nice clothes but the none of the food colouring came off the pasta (think this was because I left it for about 40minutes whilst we had lunch). I also decided to cut up some straws and put them amongst the spaghetti to add a different texture to the pool.
To begin with Amelia was a little grossed out and was just poking at it but she soon got stuck in. She was concentrating so hard to pick up individual strands and liked transferring from one bowl to another. I blew some bubbles for her which she enjoyed popping whilst sorting out the spaghetti. Amelia also liked picking up the straws from the piles of spaghetti and putting them to the side or trying to eat them once she had found the. By the end she was having so much fun; she kept her attention really well as usually she gets bored super quick.
We also had some company…
Archie, thinking it would be a great snack to eat the spaghetti!!
I gave her a quick shower off afterwards popped her in some fresh clothes and she fell straight to sleep. I think that is the sign of an activity going down well, job well done.
I put the spaghetti into some freezer bags as we might use it again tomorrow or Sellotape the bags shut and have them as feeling bags rather than throwing it out immediately.
Messy play is a fun activity to do for babies or toddlers or children you can simply adapt it to make it age appropriate. Amelia wasn’t too interested in trying to eat it but it is only spaghetti so it wouldn’t have been the end of the world if she had. As it was fairly contained it wasn’t that hard to clean up.
Don’t forget to check out the Beebies website or get involved with this messy play task!!
Have you done any messy play recently?
Thanks for reading xxx