Useful toddler & baby related information

Handy Information courtesy of Messy Monkeys

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 monkeys dads

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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messy monkeys messy play create fantastic messy masterpieces

monkeys not sheep!

One of our Messy Monkey mantras is that it is the PROCESS of creative play that matters and not the end PRODUCT.  The sheep above looks nothing like our beautiful example but who cares?  We bet the monkey making that sheep had a whole lot of creative fun! Sometimes we as grown ups in our weird world of place and order can become a
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messy play in manchester, wolverhampton, dundee, newcastle, swindon, huddersfield, ascot, worksop, worcestershire, cardfiff, dublin and hexham

messy play isn’t just a giggle… reason # 12

***Topical themes*** We don’t just sit about in beans you know! Every week we explore a different theme creatively planned by our fantastic team at Messy Monkeys HQ! Through messy play we learn about different topics such as Dinosaurs, Outer Space, Under the Sea, or Farms… we celebrate occasions such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s and even Pancake Day in our special messy way making
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messy babies, messy toddlers

never too old for messy monkeys!

Over the past 3 years this little monkey has made a whole lot of mess at Messy Monkeys! From 6 months old she attended Messy Monkey baby classes during which she developed great fine motor skills and confidence in trying new things… she socialized with other babies and shared messy tools (sometimes!) Her mummy had a good old giggle with the other lovely messy grown ups as
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messy play in manchester, wolverhampton, dundee, newcastle, swindon, huddersfield, ascot, worksop, worcestershire, cardfiff, dublin and hexham

messy play isn’t just a giggle… reason # 9

***Mark Making*** In order to be able to hold a pencil and get to grips with the finer detail of writing, it’s important to be able to make BIG marks on a paint wall with a brush or in jelly in a gloop tray… the shape of an O is the same no matter how we write it so starting BIG is a great
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messy play in manchester, wolverhampton, dundee, newcastle, swindon, huddersfield, ascot, worksop, worcestershire, cardfiff, dublin and hexham

messy play isn’t just a giggle… reason # 43

*** Growing Confidence *** Because we say ‘yes’ to children while they are playing at Messy Monkeys and praise the choices they make their confidence grows and grows as they trust in their own decision making. How odd it must be to be a child having to confirm to adult expectations all day long… how lovely it must be to have people praise you
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messy play in manchester, wolverhampton, dundee, newcastle, swindon, huddersfield, ascot, worksop, worcestershire, cardfiff, dublin and hexham

messy play isn’t just a giggle… reason # 27

***Messy Muscles*** Everything we grasp requires a different muscle approach in our hands. Think about holding a frog… then a brick… then an egg… then a water balloon… as adult we know the subtle muscle movements required but children are still learning – hence the reason the make a whole lot of mess a lot of the time! At Messy Monkeys children are given
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messy play isn’t just a giggle… reason # 17

***Sharing*** Every week we provide our Messy Monkeys with a whole host of different messy tools to play with… whisks, salad spinners, pipettes, turkey basters, ladles, icing pipers.. you name it… we play with it! Children learn to share these tools with their messy pals – taking turns and respecting each others play in a big part of coming to our classes.