Enrich your outdoor messy play
Children love messy play activities. These easy recipes for slime and mud play will result in hours of fun outdoors. Taking learning outdoors shouldn’t just be a case of half an hour of outdoor play or story time in the sunshine. The outdoor classroom is a world full of opportunities, and what better way to spend a day, than taking messy play outside. Children love messy play, and not only is it fun, but it encourages sensory development and provides the ideal opportunity for children to experiment and explore.
Why not provide your little ones with materials like corn flour, food colouring, dirt, water, baking soda and more? With Messy play, the only limit is your imagination.
Need some inspiration? Here are two of our favourite messy play ideas…
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Mud play is huge in early years, and with our magic mud recipe it couldn’t be simpler. Simply mix your soil, water and baking soda together until you get a gloopy consistency. Then add your paints or chalk to create brightly coloured creations. Finally, add your cup of vinegar and sit back and watch the magic… as your mud starts to fizz and erupt with colour.
To create your wonderful, gloopy slime recipe, simply start by mixing about ¼ cup of water with an individual size bottle of PVA until you get a smooth consistency. Then add the watercolour until you are happy with the colour (to create a marble effect, create individual batches and swirl them together). Next, mix in some glitter to give it a sparkle.
Finally, pour about 1/2 cup of liquid starch into the mixture, stir it with a spoon until it begins to thicken and finish off by using your hands to help it to mix and come together. (If the mix feels too sticky, add a bit more liquid starch.)
Note: This not mixture is not safe for consumption.
When looking at Maths, it can be linked with natural resources in a way that is reflective of a forest school approach, but can also always be done on a smaller scale with a play table or play tray. When in nature we can gather leaves or twigs to count and compare. Indoors, we may have resources to hand that we can count, add, subtract and compare, or bring home the leaves and twigs from your woodland adventures.
Early years children love construction play, creating an outdoor construction area featuring bricks, road pieces, tools and other items will be an instant hit and has many benefits for developing skills.
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