ecostore New Zealand Blog
Kids love to get messy and playing with materials like playdough, fingerpaint, puddles and mud pies are an essential part of a healthy early childhood.
The Sandringham Spring Festival in Auckland recently offered visitors a chance to try out some messy play experiences with the wonderfully squishy gloop and slime at the demonstration table created by Balmoral Playcentre.
Messy play is something Playcentre literally wrote the book on, with ‘Messy Play’ the latest title to be published by Ako Books. Previously known as Playcentre Publications, they have been leaders in Early Childhood Education publications since the 1970’s. This is a book that can best be described as full of recipes for fun!
Here’s one of the great recipes from the Messy Play book:
Easy-to-clean finger paint recipe
- 1 cup cornflour
- ½ cup cold water
- ¼ cup dishwashing liquid
- 2 cups hot water
- A few drops of food colouring
Mix the cornflour, cold water, colour and dishwashing liquid to form a thick paste like texture
Quickly mix in the boiling water to form a glossy paste
Allow to cool and you’re ready to go!
Tip: Dishwashing liquid gives the fingerpaint a soapy-like feel, as well as making the fingerpaint easy to clean up and wash out of clothes. Because your little ones will be getting the fingerpaint all over their skin, we recommend that you use a product with no unecessary chemicals that’s gentle on skin like ecostore Dishwash liquid.
To enter: All you need to do is share a story with us in the comments below about a funny messy play experience you’ve had with your child. We’ll email the lucky winner by December 10.
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