Messy Play Day

03 Apr 2023

Back in late last year, Be Centre Foundation ran a Messy Play Day at Mosman Public School to celebrate the prize day for those classes who raised the most last year. Seven classes were treated to a Messy Play Workshop, and the feedback on the day was out of this world, with most of the kids saying, “it was the best day of my life”.

The importance of play and the importance of Messy Play for school-age children cannot be overstated. Messy play promotes positive learning, curiosity, independence, problem-solving, investigation, and exploration. When engaging in messy play parents/carers can use open-ended questioning to support their child to think more deeply about what they are doing or what they are noticing.

Messy play also helps children build confidence, feel loved, happy, and safe, understand more about how the world works, develop social skills, language and communication, learn about caring for others and the environment, and develop physical skills. Using all eight senses to explore and play leads to many great physical development skills. Using the hands and fingers promotes fine motor development such as finger dexterity, hand strength, and shoulder strength.

We’re so grateful to our volunteers, Be Centre Play Therapists, and Karen Atkins our resident Artist for helping to ensure this day was full of smiles, fun, and understanding the importance play has on children today.


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