Looking back through my photos of the Summer holidays so far, it is clear that of the many posts I wrote in my head, the majority never made it to the blog. A couple of weeks ago, we decided to play with oats which is one of our favourite messy play materials. I knew that the little ones would want to add water and get into a lovely sticky mess, but Monkey would not enjoy it. So I divided the oats between two Tuff Spots and made it clear that one was to remain dry. They managed to keep them separate, so all the children had a wonderful time playing in the way they wanted.
In the dry Tuff Spot, Monkey spent a long time setting up a farm with some help from Owl. They really enjoyed their intricate, careful play while the two younger children were happily occupied with their messy kitchen. With help from Supergirl, Rabbit and Tiddler stirred and poured, made porridge and enjoyed the texture of the wet oaty mess. They also collected apples from the garden and rolled out some pink icing to make cakes. I love seeing the different ways my children play and the way it reflects their personalities.
We haven’t done quite as much of this type of play recently as we usually do, but looking through the photos from this activity reminded me how much we love it so we need to get back into the habit. We have saved the dry oats, so we’ll be playing with them again soon. And yesterday the children played with moon sand, which they haven’t done for ages. I was about to put it in a Tuff Spot in the garden when it started to rain, so we came inside and played with it at the table. They were having such a lovely time that I let them (the younger three) climb on the table and feel the sand between their toes. It was fun, but without the Tuff Spot to contain it, a lot ended up on the floor so they really haven’t got much left. I think it will be on the Christmas list, but before then I need to get round to making some because I’m sure it’s not that difficult.
I’m linking up with Jennie’s Messy Play for Matilda Mae, a great place to look for ideas and inspiration.