Messy Play Madness – A Spur of the Moment Messy Play/Sensory Activitiy

Spur of the moment messy playAt lunchtime today Doodles and Oodles asked me if they could make Gloop.  I agreed immediately and started to get out the cornflour and paint etc. (see here for our gloop recipe). They then began shouting out other things that they would like to add to it.

So today we are sharing our spur of the moment messy play fun.  It was their little experiment to see what types of textures they could make using a variety of materials.

What we used:

  • Cornflour/cornstarch
  • Plain flour
  • Olive oil
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • PVA glue
  • Mini pasta shells
  • Shredded dry noodles
  • Water
  • Animal toys
  • Smurfs
  • Wooden spoons, balloon whisk


What we did:

I’m going to let the pictures tell the story, but briefly, we took out our old baby bath and Doodles and Oodles gradually added the above ingredients as they saw fit!  They played and squished and poured and splashed for ages.  By the time they were finished they were like little Smurfs.  I had to strip them completely and carry them down to the shower to wash all the gooey, gloopy, lovely blue mess off!

Messy play exploring 1

They added the flour, cornflour, glitter, glue and paint to begin with!

Messy play 2

They spent quite some time growling at each other pretending to be gloop monsters!

More messy play

The more water they added the messier it became and that’s when the animals got thrown in!

even more messy play

They thoroughly enjoyed adding the pasta and noodles into the mix!  At first it was all crunchy but as the played the pasta and noodles started to soaked up some of the water and became soft and slimy and they were able to mould it.

the aftermath

The aftermath – a blue bath, a blue kitchen, 2 Smurf children in the shower, a sink full of plastic toys in need of a scrub!

Brilliant fun!

Ciara x

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