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Messy Monkeys – Review

Last week Frankie and I attended Messy Monkeys in Mounttown Community Facilities, Dun Laoghaire, South Dublin. Messy Monkeys is a place for babies and toddlers to discover, investigate and explore their senses and imagination in messy play. Messy play is an important part of children’s early education. It helps promotes fine and gross motor skill development and best of all at Messy Monkey you don’t have to do any cleaning up, that’s Lucy’s job, the very first Messy Monkeys franchise owner in Ireland!

There were six messy play areas at our session. We started painting with the non-toxic and gluten free paints. May I remind you Frankie is nine months old so everything he gets in hands on is eaten, nibbled and/or chewed. The paintbrush was no different. It was his first time to paint freely and he really enjoyed mushing the colours around.

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The next play that followed was a large tub of warm water with loads of toys including a watering can that Frankie loved. If Frankie could talk he’d tell you this was his favourite part of the session. He smiled, giggled and thoroughly enjoyed. He almost dived in at one point.

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We continued on to the sand bucket, something Frankie was very unsure of, the texture was new and he didn’t quite know what to do with it so we moved on swiftly to the tinsel box. He just loved pulling at the strings and making a huge mess. There was a little craft corner to create a crafty calendar but unfortunately time had run out so we never got to make one but we brought it home and Kayla decorated it for us that evening

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I loved watching Frankie experience different messy activities, he had so much freedom to create and explore the world around him. If you follow my blog you will know I’m a huge fan of sensory play and love nothing more than allowing him to explore in messy play but I hate the mess. The best part of the session was comfortable and relaxing atmosphere and appreciating I did not have to clean any of it up. There was paint, glue, sand, water and stringy tinsel EVERYWHERE!

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Lucy supplied large buckets of soapy warm water to wash down out tots after our forty-five minute play session. I genuinely thought the paint would be a nightmare to remove but it was fine and washed off with just a little rub.

If you are looking for something fun to do with your baby or toddler I would highly recommend Messy Monkeys. Your child will benefit from the social interaction, educationally and you will meet lots of mums and dads alike, which is always nice if you feel like your talking to the four walls daily.

Lucy runs term classes varying in length between 5 and 6 weeks. She also runs one-off ‘Splatterday’ classes on a Saturdays for people who can’t make it during the week. A course will cost €58 for five weeks and the cost of a 6 week term is €70. There is also sibling discounts if you have more than one child. You can book directly on the Messy Monkey website or you can check out their Facebook page for more information.
 I was giving a session of Messy Monkeys play for reviewing purposes. All opinion are my own.

Rainbow Spaghetti – Sensory Play

This a super fun indoor and outdoor sensory activity for baby and toddler. I assumed it would be super messy and it suprisingly wasn’t. The food colouring didn’t stain his hand or clothes as the oil helped soak up the food colouring. Frankie really enjoyed exploring a whole new texture.

Why rainbow spaghetti sensory play?
It provides an opportunity to explore using senses and to teach colours. It can help develop fine motor skills by squishing, grabbing, mashing and pinching individual spaghetti strings. It also helps to teach descriptive words such as wet and slimy. Babies and children can explore using their senses too.

You will need:
Food colouring of choice (I used liquid food colouring)
1 tablespoon of cooking oil
1/2 bag of spaghetti
Bowl

How to make rainbow spaghetti:
Once you have cooked the spaghetti, drain and separate into bowls.
Add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl and mix.
Add a drop of cooking oil to the coloured spaghetti to stop it from becoming too sticky.
Then leave for an hour to dry out. The drying prevents kids hands from getting stained from the wet food coloring.

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And then it’s messy rainbowy sensory playtime for baby or toddler

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Exploring the new texture

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Colourful Squishy Fun!!

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Frankie loved mushing his hands through the spaghetti, it was a whole new texture and of course he had a little taste too.

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We had so much fun today I have some spaghetti boiling to make some more tomorrow.

If you like this you may also like SQUISHY SENSORY BAG play.

Squishy Bags – Sensory Play

Today I decided to get creative with little man. I made a sensory bag filled with gels, glitters, buttons and paint. I then taped it to his high chair and it surprisingly entertained him for over thirty minutes.

To make a sensory bag you will need a zip lock freezer bag, some paints (optional), glitters, buttons and gel. In the first bag I added some different coloured paints along with some sparkly glitter. I sealed the bag and then taped it to his tray. I used white tape so he wouldn’t try pull at it.

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Next I used some of daddies hair gel adding some glitter and button. He played with this one for ages. He loved the air bubbles that formed and moving the little button around.

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You can add anything you like to the sensory bags and get more creative each time you make one. I am going to add some beads next time.

As baby gets bigger you could also duck tape the edges of the bag and allow baby to play with it on the floor fully supervised of course. Also keep babies nails trimmed little fingernails could puncture the bag.