Just wait while I do a little dance around the room – last week was HOT HOT HOT and sunny in the UK (the week after I wrote the 101+ ideas for a Rainy Day – typical!)
So we got out in the garden and I set up some sensory play in the shade – now I will put my hands up and say that Yes I do do Messy Play inside the house but I have to sit on my hands to stop myself going “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooo don’t move off the messy mat” etc… but in the garden I’m much more relaxed.
I set up the paddling pool as well which was great and then put a messy mat underneath one of our trees in the shade and set up mixing some instant pudding and adding some ice cubes to it. With a tray set up I set it on the mat and watched what happen.
T was content to mix up the ice cubes with the pudding and then take them to the pool. J on the other hands LOVED it – he discovered putting his feet in it
Sitting in it and then sliding on it – remember from your own childhood the joy of sliding down a plastic sheet with water on it – well the instant pudding and ice cubes create the same effect on the messy mat and J and in the end T spent a lot of time sliding along it and ending up bumping onto their bottoms laughing – then running and jumping in the pool to clean off and get wet again.
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.