Making cute crafts or playing in a sensory bin sounded fun at first, but the reality of paint, rice, pasta and toys getting everywhere puts many parents off of messy play. However, many studies have shown that messy play (or sensory play) is one the best ways for babies to learn.
Messy play fosters curiosity, imagination and exploration
There is no right way to carry out messy play, it is all about letting your baby explore different objects and materials without any end goals to restrict them.
Messy play encourages communication and language development
Your baby might not be able to describe things verbally yet, but messy play allows him to share his discoveries in different ways through the use of objects and gestures.
Messy play promotes physical development
Babies can play with tools (cups, spoons, bowls) to develop and practice their fine motor skills as well as their hand-eye coordination.
Messy play supports independent play
Messy play can teach your little one he can make his entertainment.
Get involved and get messy with our messy (and not-so-messy) play ideas:
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