Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way towards independence – Maria Montessori
You may know that in this house, we love messy play. I’ve written a few posts so far on the ways we play and shared how we love water play and sensory play. I also said as part of my goals for this month that I wanted to start doing more activities with Emily. A few weeks ago we were kindly sent a Messy Mat to review and since receiving this we have done so many more messy play activities!
So far we have done spaghetti play, jelly play and rice crispie play! I am also planning on making some gloop (cornflour and water) and letting her explore that so I will be sure to get our Messy Mat out for that too. There will be a post on that coming towards the end of the month as it may or may not be a themed play time!
The Messy Mat we were sent is grey with a lovely star print on it. This fits in so well with our other grey accessories in our home and is just gorgeous. It folds away quite small so is easy to tidy away when finished. We just store ours on the breakfast bar for now as we have it out every single day. The Messy Mat can also be placed underneath the highchair to catch any food that Emily drops. Her latest game is to tip her bowl of (dry) cheerios out straight over the side of the high chair and watch them fall. However, now I can just scoop them back up into her bowl knowing that the mat is clean and fine for her to eat off.
The Messy Mat really has become a staple item in our home. We use it every single day whether for messy play or using as an easy clean up under Emily’s high chair. I know we will use it well into the future too as I imagine it would make a really good sized table cloth to protect surfaces for craft activities when she is older. I think the mat would make a perfect base for play dough as it would be easy to clean up and far less likely to get stuck in the carpet. You really could use this in many different ways so every home should have one!
Do you have a product like this in your home?
Love Laura xx