Messy Play

Below are sheets and example photos for activities used in our Royal Society of Chemistry funded ‘Messy Play’ workshops. More will be added as the year goes on, and eventually we’ll have a toolkit for running a session…

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Please feel free to use these for non-commercial purposes only* if you wish (but please don’t modify the sheets!). If you could let me know how you’ve used them, that would be great!

Parents/carers are entirely responsible for deciding whether or not activities are suitable for their children  – all activities are designed to be parent/carer led so please exercise common sense, observe all usual safety precautions (e.g. avoid choking/strangulation/drowning/suffocation/poisoning risks, don’t allow children to eat materials, never leave children unattended with resources) and protect against mess as necessary.

Cold foam

Cold foam

A mixture of bicarbonate of soda and shaving foam that always feels cold!

Coloured rice and pasta

Coloured pasta Coloured rice

Multiple sensory experiences using nothing but items from the cupboard.

Ice play

Ice play

Explore texture, temperature, colours, light, change of state and more.

Oobleck

Oobleck

Cornflour mixed with water is a non-Newtonian fluid, which means it doesn’t behave quite as you might expect…

Sensory areas

Sensory areas

Great for babies and older children alike, and the possibilities are endless.

Sensory bottles

A simple way for young children to safely explore and experiment with items they might not otherwise be able to handle. Please make absolutely sure that lids are securely fastened and always supervise use.

Snow dough

Snow dough

This is a lovely sensory experience and can also be shaped and crumbled just like snow.