If you know me in real life you will know that I really don’t like getting messy in my house, my kids paint yes, but it is controlled, I very rarely do the messy play that I see on so many other fabulous sites because I just can’t cope with the mess (and that includes Glitter!). But, once we step outside the door messy, mud, paint, water, glitter are all fine and you know that we love to go on adventures and now you know my messy secret so combining the love of outdoors and getting messy with one of our favourite children’s authors and a brand that we use at home you have the makings of a very fun Messy Adventure for all.
This summer Persil Small and Mighty have joined together with Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Quentin Blake to bring you an INTERACTIVE MY MESSY ADVENTURE. Encouraging families to get outside and bring their smart technology (smartphones and tablets – we used between us, an Android Phone, iPhone, Window’s Phone and an iPad) to interact with the world around them, get messy and read at the same time. With some of our favourite heroes and villains in this is such a fun way to get kids outside, support learning and bring books alive.
We were lucky enough to be invited to join a cast of Roald Dahl characters as one of the first families to go on My Messy Adventure in Victoria’s Park in the East End of London and what a messy literary adventure it was. Armed with a tablet connected to the My Messy Adventure page of the Persil site, we headed off reading the brand new story and making decisions as we went.
Not knowing what to expect especially when something claims to be interactive I was so surprised here was something that the kids were reading, making choices (remember those make your own adventure books) and it wasn’t an app, I hadn’t had to download anything. Not only were they making the choices on the screen there was some extra interaction. They were instructed a number of times to take pictures via the website and these became part of the story.
The story took the kids on a journey through different Roald Dahl books and encouraged them to run, interact with nature and get messy and I’m not going to spoil it and tell you what happened, plus we only took one route through the story I am sure many times over the summer we will be exploring and interacting with the environment reading and connecting with our favourite Roald Dahl books and characters with fabulous new illustrations from Quentin Blake.
As a mum that tries to avoid screens and get the kids out as much as possible this is a fun, messy, outdoor, learning experience that I can recommend.
Get your hands dirty as you create these Roald Dahl inspired Minpin Pots and then plant up a garden that the little people can enjoy.
The fact that it involves our favourite characters especially the lovely Matilda who our T is named after! is just the icing on the cake. So get to it, avoid Miss Trunchbull if you can and hope that all of the characters that you will meet on your way are of the hero kind and not the villains from the stories.
If you would like to go on your own messy adventure this summer you can find more information at the Persil website (if you can access the link then you will be able to join in the My Messy Adventure wherever you are in the world). And in the UK you can get more information on the specially branded 25 and 40 wash packs of Persil Small & Mighty (RRP for the 25 £6.79 and 40 £9.99) which also have the opportunity to win an exclusive Roald Dahl inspired Messy Adventure this summer available in stores nationwide from 1st July 2015.
We were invited to go on our own My Messy Adventure with Persil Small & Mighty, Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Quentin Blake – the words, views and our experience are all our own for more information see our disclosure policy.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.