Puddles, spray bottles, paddling pools and rain. These certainly bring back childhood memories for me, particularly wading in very large, muddy puddles! Even now, with the children in the car we search for the best puddles to drive through to create the biggest splash. Quite simply, water is fun!

We've put together a handful of great recipes for messy play fun. We say don't be afraid of the mess! As you go through these recipes think about the the different ways in which the children can explore and what they can learn.

The words 'messy play' can strike fear into the heart of many a parent! 'Messy Play??!!?. Good grief... think of the...well....mess?' However by providing a few messy play materials at home you can ensure hours of constructive and fun play for your little one, without breaking the bank into the bargain.

Have you ever noticed how, when you are out in an open space like a park, or as part of a walk, one of the first things your small child wants to do, is let go of your hand and tear off........?  The open space is so exciting and being active is vital for your child's growth and development. However, we as parents almost immediately start to worry.  What if they run out of sight? What if they trip and fall? What if they bump into somebody / something? What if.....?

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