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not so messy monkeys?

Quite often we post photos of the hilariously gloop splattered babies who come to our messy play classes but it’s important to remember that we have lots of room for exploration in a quieter, more purposeful manner too… All of our monkeys are unique and every one of them gains a huge amount from their time with us! Just take a look at these
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messy monkey philosophy

A note on our ethos and philosophy, of which we at messy monkeys are very proud!  It is our absolute policy never to say ‘no’ at Messy Monkeys – we feel children get nagged enough to stay clean and tidy so when with us we like to say ‘yes’!  Yes you can paint your head green, yes you can stick your feet in the
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messy children make better learners!

Here’s a gem of an article which discusses research showing what we at messy monkeys already know having seen our messy babies and toddlers at work: messy play really does help your child to learn! Messy play is a fundamental part of a child’s development and children who are allowed to get messy, according to this study, are better able to describe the world around
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messy hands develop fine motor skills

Messy play is such an important part of a child’s learning and development and we love seeing our little monkeys getting HANDS ON in all the different gloop and goo we provide each week. Each pair of little hands is working hard to understand how to manipulate the different textures, weights and substances they come across… it’s amazing to think about the workout that
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messy play and food

Lots of people come to messy monkeys because they know their child LOVES to get messy and they want to save their own home from getting trashed – very wise! Others come because their child is scared to make a mess and they want them to experience getting messy in a relaxed and fun environment that they feel comfortable in with no fear of
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Communication skills developed through messy play

splatting, squelching and speaking!

We’ve a wonderful speech and language therapist who has been attending Messy Monkeys with her children since we launched waaaay back in 2010 who has urged us to stress to you lovely folk just how amazing messy play can be for communicative development… she told us that “everything you are doing encourages fantastic development in their language and communication skills”.  Whoop! At Messy Monkeys
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messy monkeys shropshire – here we come!

Super excited here at MMHQ to announce classes coming soon in Newport, Shropshire East! Welcome to the team Gemma!


writing and drawing through messy play

starting BIG…

When children learn to write and draw they need to master the BIG muscles first before the little ones can catch up…  drawing a HUGE splodgy circle on the paint wall helps gross motor skills develop, makes a good old mess and also helps developing minds figure out how to make that circle smaller, neater and eventually a perfect ‘0’! Being able to manipulate
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messy daddies

We get lots and lots of messy daddies through our paint splattered doors and wanted to take a little moment to recognise the fab free play that they do with their gorgeous little monkeys each week! Dads often comment to us how easy it is to play alongside their children through messy play in a super relaxed environment like Messy Monkeys. Getting stuck in and
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messy baby in paint

did you hear that ‘splat’?!

It’s not exactly breaking news that babies and toddlers learn by listening to us, but how often do we really listen to them? Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to find yourself engaged in hundreds of new experiences but be unable to talk about them, share how you feel and ask questions? Messy play is a fantastic way of introducing children to
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