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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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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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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 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 # 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 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.