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Wherever children go, messes are soon to follow.
But this isn’t always a bad thing.
When we embrace the mess (and know how to clean up afterward), our kids will really get to throw their whole selves into learning and play; the way childhood was meant to be.
While your kids can probably figure out how to make messes all on their own, here are three ways that I actually encourage the mess!
Messy Sensory Writing Tray
Find a flat bottomed container like a cookie tray or a casserole dish. Add a squishy, thick substance like yogurt, pudding or applesauce and spread it till it’s flat. Invite your child to use their fingers to draw and write in a new and unique way. They’ll love writing in a new medium!
Helping in the Gardening
There’s something magical about a child planting a seed and watching it grow. Let your kids enjoy the responsibility of tending a garden. Even the youngest ones can help with watering, pulling weeds, and harvesting veggies. They can learn about helpful bugs, photosynthesis, even delayed gratification!
Let them play in the dirt and feel the good earth under their fingers (or on their face!).
This play material is a fun, crumbly yet mold-able dough made from ingredients you probably already have at home. Mix 2 parts baking soda with 1 part baking powder and 1 part dish soup. (If the mixture isn’t fluffy enough, add more baking powder.) If you’re really wanting to get messy, let your kids mix the ingredients by hand!
Fittingly, my son wanted to use the dough for some astronaut pretend play.
After you’ve let your “kids be kids”, your job’s not done. My boys clothes take quite a beating all day long with the messy fun and learning we have. Clean up can be a tricky business, and you’re going to need all the help you can get. I know that all® free clear detergent can get my boys’ clothes clean in a jiffy. It’s powerful yet gentle on my kids’ skin because it’s 100% perfume and dye free. I feel good about using it because it’s the top recommended brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians. It removes 99% of common household allergens from clothes, such as pet dander, dust mites and pollen. (Disclaimer: all® free clear detergent is not intended to treat or prevent allergies. Please follow all directions on the label, being sure not to use too much of the product in an individual load.)
You can get all® free clear detergent conveniently at Sam’s Club in the laundry care aisle.
By using all® free clear detergent I can let my kids get messy knowing that I can get their clothes clean. This lets them have tons of creative, independent play and learning all day long. And that means my kids get to live a little more “free.”
What’s your favorite way to let your kids get messy? Let me know in the comments!