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Bubble painting at the easel

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Exploring and creating bubbles in our preschool classroom with this fun bubble easel painting activity!
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What a wonderful idea for Messy Play!  Bubbles and art!

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Better Than a Pet Rock – DIY Tic Tac Toe

Better Than a Pet Rock – DIY Tic Tac Toe | messy play | Scoop.it
I’m not inventing the wheel here, painting rocks is probably as old as paint, but it doesn’t make it any less fun.
Here is a project where kids can wear their creative hats and paint their own Tic Tac Toe pieces on rocks.
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Rainbow Glitter Sidewalk Paint Recipe

Rainbow Glitter Sidewalk Paint Recipe | messy play | Scoop.it
Make some gorgeous rainbow paints for outdoor creativity using this oh-so-easy glitter sidewalk paint recipe! So much fun on long summer days outside and washes off easily with water when finished, so what’s not to love?
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The Importance of Messy Play for Your Child « Handmade Kids

The Importance of Messy Play for Your Child « Handmade Kids | messy play | Scoop.it
When we allow children to explore their environments with their bodies, their brains are being stimulated in specific ways, which is important to their overall physical and mental development. Find out why messy play for littlies ...
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There is so much more to messy play than a bit (or a lot) of fun+

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best play dough recipe | messy play

best play dough recipe | messy play | messy play | Scoop.it
This is the best play dough recipe ever! so easy, so much fun, very cheap - a great way to spend time doing messy play at home.
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Puffy paint sunflowers

Puffy paint sunflowers | messy play | Scoop.it
Using puffy paint to draw sunflowers in preschool promotes the use of our fine motor skills!
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How to entertain the children during the holidays without breaking the bank? - South Cotswolds Gazette

How to entertain the children during the holidays without breaking the bank? - South Cotswolds Gazette | messy play | Scoop.it
How to entertain the children during the holidays without breaking the bank?
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Some great ideas for beating summer boredom!

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JOSEPH: Get kids outdoors no matter the weather - Heritage Newspapers

JOSEPH: Get kids outdoors no matter the weather - Heritage Newspapers | messy play | Scoop.it
JOSEPH: Get kids outdoors no matter the weather
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“Children are safe to play outside in most kinds of weather barring the extremes," said Lindsay Legendre, manager of the National Wildlife Federation's Be Out There movement.
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Messy Play – Flip Flop Painting

Messy Play – Flip Flop Painting | messy play | Scoop.it
It’s been a while since I posted a messy play activity, but this is a great one (and not too messy!)  I was inspired by this post by JDaniel4′s Mom on Flip Flop Painting. I loved the idea and knew I wanted to try it with Emily.
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11 (Not So) Surprising Benefits of Play at Dr. Michele Borba’s Reality Check

11 (Not So) Surprising Benefits of Play at Dr. Michele Borba’s Reality Check | messy play | Scoop.it
Dr. Michele Borba share her secrets for discipline problems, behavior troubles, school issues and much more! Parenting advice, tips, and articles for raising happy, healthy children from conception to graduation.
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Play is so important for kids - just let them be kids and entertain themselves!

 

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Aquariums on the discovery table

Aquariums on the discovery table | messy play | Scoop.it
I gathered items that would be used in a fish aquarium a set them out as an invitation to play on the discovery table!
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Fish in the water

Fish in the water | messy play | Scoop.it
The exploration of under the sea can lead to an endless set of discoveries and it is hard to know where to begin and where to end.
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{Summer Craft} Fish Flop Painting

{Summer Craft} Fish Flop Painting | messy play | Scoop.it
We have checked out a ton of books recently. One of them called Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni lead to a wonderful summer craft I am calling Fish Flop Painting. I love it when a book immediately lead to my coming up with a fun craft.
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Outer Space Playdough

 
Big Brother is currently obsessed with learning about space.  He has all 8 planets (plus Pluto and its moon) memorized in order and knows individual facts about each one.
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1000s of Kids Activities in Your Phone

1000s of Kids Activities in Your Phone | messy play | Scoop.it
Life is incredibly busy. There are days I wish I could hit a pause button on my to-do list to sit down and play with my kids.
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This seems like a great app. I will have to check it out
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Why Children With Special Needs Should Get Messy! | Friendship ...

Why Children With Special Needs Should Get Messy! | Friendship ... | messy play | Scoop.it
Allowing a child to have opportunities for messy play is an incredibly important part of development. Here are some great messy activities for a child with special needs.
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Play Splash Ball - A DIY Water Balloon Alternative | How Does She

Play Splash Ball - A DIY Water Balloon Alternative | How Does She | messy play | Scoop.it
These super cheap, DIY Splash balls pave the way for tons of fun on a hot summer day.
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Au Pair Link Waikato: Messy Play Recipies

Au Pair Link Waikato: Messy Play Recipies | messy play | Scoop.it
Messy Play Recipies. Foam Paint. 2 Cups Lux Flakes2 Cups water (Cold) Food Colouring. Add lux flakes and water and beat until fluffy then add food colouring. Finger Paint.
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Hand Print Caterpillar

Hand Print Caterpillar | messy play | Scoop.it
This week for messy play I am sharing another hand print craft – this time a hand print caterpillar.  Warning!  This gets a little messy, so have a facecloth or wipes on hand.
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Getting messy with paint | Learning and Development | Teach Nursery

Teach Nursery Magazine offers free lesson plans, news, events, product reviews, Early Years learning resources, SEN, CPD articles and much more.
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This article discussed many of the benefits of messy play.

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Learn with Play at home: Cardboard Comb Painting. Time To Create.

Learn with Play at home: Cardboard Comb Painting. Time To Create. | messy play | Scoop.it
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Fizzy Side Walk Paint

Fizzy Side Walk Paint | messy play | Scoop.it
This week we took our Messy Play from the kitchen to the driveway.  I had read this blog post and thought it was a great idea – and knew that Emily would love it.
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This was a wonderful activity that my daugheter loved - also introduced the basic science of mixing vinegar and baking soda.

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Making rainbow fish puzzles in preschool

Another activity that was introduced during our week long study of fish was this simple-to-prepare but kind of complex-to-put-together rainbow fish puzzle… I had lots of these sparkly sticker foam sheets left-over and decided to cut them up into...
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Play Dough Recipe: {Great Gift Idea} No Cook PlayDough

Play Dough Recipe: {Great Gift Idea} No Cook PlayDough | messy play | Scoop.it
We recently made the softest, almost silky play dough recipe.  My kids love to mold and create with play dough but this would also make a great gift idea.  This is the EASIEST play dough recipe because it is no cook play dough.  It only uses two...
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Fizzing Sidewalk Paint - Kids Activities Blog

Fizzing Sidewalk Paint - Kids Activities Blog | messy play | Scoop.it
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Kids' Projects: Paper Mache Crafts - Surf Excel

Of course, no matter how fantastic the end product of craft projects (and the 'flying saucers' we're about to make really are fantastic!), the real benefit here to your child's development is in the process.
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