I love messy play. I love the idea of it and I love giving baby some crazy sensory stuff to explore but it’s one of those things you intend to do all the time but rarely get around to.
However, with the weather being cold and wet, getting out and about has been less appealing. So without completely trashing the house, I’ve been exploring new ways of messy play which are simple (having what you need already in the house) and quick. Because babies are not patient even if you’re concocting the most exciting messy play ever.
* a mixer
* washing up liquid
* tap water
* food colouring (optional)
Put a cup of water with a few good squeezes of washing up liquid (about 3-4 tablespoons) in a mixer. Add a capful of colouring. Turn the mixer on and beat for around 2-3 minutes.
The air is whisked into the solution and quickly creates a bowlful of colourful foam which you’ll want to be fairly peaky (i.e. not too sloppy).
I did this with three colours and plopped it into a small paddling pool which was £3 from Asda. Alternatively you can do this in the bath or pour out onto trays, on to the high chair table or into a big bucket.
That is it. Easy.
My baby was a bit too cautious to get into the mix but found it fascinating – poking it, scooping it up with spoons, slopping it into bowls and playing peekaboo with a crocodile, pirate. frog and zebra I’d hidden within the foam.
After a while, the foam just disintegrates back down to liquid so you can just pour it away afterwards. If you do have little feet walking in it, be warned that the water is coloured so you’ll need to wipe the floor afterwards so it’s not multicoloured. Although I guess if you don’t add colour, that’s one way of washing the kitchen floor!