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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 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 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 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.


messy play isn’t just a giggle… reason #49

***TRUST*** Sometimes the things we provide are a bit weird, a bit different and a bit unknown – it’s great to see children putting their faith in their grown ups and learning to trust that nothing bad will happen while they explore something new. Holding hands whilst slipping and sliding in a jelly ice rink required an enormous amount of trust as they wobble
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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 # 10

***Language Development*** Lots of research points to the fact that physical experience assists in language development – we often hear our older monkeys grappling with new words to describe the new experiences they are having… when putting her feet into gellibaff for the first time one monkey pondered for a while before saying it was “blotchy” – what a great word! While we engage
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