Learning environments should incorporate opportunities for rich textural experiences, such as playing with shaving foam, mud, slime, paint and sand; and also by altering temperatures, smells, shapes and sizes. The richer the textural experience, the richer the cognitive and language development. How can a child be expected to grasp the concept of ‘slimy’ if they have never interacted with something slimy?
On a more scientific level, research has shown that messy play helps build neural connections in the brain that support thought, learning and creativity. What does all this mean for you and your child? Embrace the mess, encourage it and allow your child to engage with it…messy children are learning.