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Messy play and texture exploration

What you need

You can use any of the below to create a messy tray for your baby:

  • Water
  • Cornflour
  • Flour
  • Food colouring
  • Leaves, sticks, and flowers
  • Shaving foam
  • Sand
  • Soap
  • Liquid foam


Messy play time provides children with an exciting, tactile and sensory experience that inspires their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and enhances their learning, language and creativity.

The experience

It is solid, is it a liquid? How does it feel when you touch it? What are we mixing up next? It is rare to find a child (or adult) who is not fascinated by messy play!

Roll your sleeves up and feel the different textures in a tray full of different materials. You can add anything you’d like to experiment with that you have available in your house.
Please feel free to share your lovely photos with us on Famly! Enjoy!