Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Messy play with Mrs Reid


Welcome to messy play with Mrs Reid!

I love messy play because it’s lots of fun and I hope you have fun joining in with these activities. I’ll be posting a new one each week.

Not only is messy play lots of fun, it also has loads of learning and development benefits.


Here are just a few of the benefits messy play offers:

It helps children to develop imaginative skills as they engage and explore freely,

Encourages curiosity about the world around them,

Helps to develop communication and language skills,

Empowers children to make choices and encourages independence,

Nurtures good concentration skills as children become absorbed in an activity,

It promotes physical development, both fine and and gross motor skills, which will help your child with their writing skills.

It’s fun and builds memories and your bond with your child and the best learning is always fun!


I know that messy play isn’t everyone’s favourite thing so I’ll also try to include some ‘clean’ messy play ideas. The ideas I’m going to share are low cost and can be improvised, you don’t have to try them all but hopefully they’ll inspire you to have a go yourself at home.


Before we start just a few safety notices these are activities for children to enjoy under the supervision of a responsible adult to ensure safety at all times, remember to wash those hands before and after messy play and above all else have fun!



Mrs Reid

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’