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.
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.
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
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!
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.