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Easy messy play – Cornflake bath

Sometimes the need for messy play comes unexpectedly and you have no time to prepare. It’s the middle of summer, you’re planning to go out and enjoy the sunshine but instead it’s pouring with rain.

I love a bit of messy play and happy to put in the effort to do something a little bit spectacular. Other times, I look in the cupboard and desperately look at what on earth I can use for some emergency indoor fun.

This weekend it was cornflakes. And you know I didn’t pre-plan this as I ended up using a large box of Kellogg’s rather than an own brand cheap and cheerful version. It’s not rocket science. I’m not pretending it is. It’s super easy messy play. It was quick, fun and hopefully will inspire you to do messy play at home with minimal effort too. 

All you need for this is:

* A small paddling pool – or tub or you can even use the bath

* A large box of cornflakes

* Toys a plenty. We had a Noah’s Ark and pirate theme but you can use any toys as long as you can wash them.

Plenty of games to be had here. Try sailing boats through the cornflakes or burying treasure to be dug up with spades or kitchen spoons. Lay out bowls, pots, pans and bottles from your kitchen cupboard and let your baby get stuck in. It’s more fun if baby will sit right in the middle of things and can rustle around in the cornflakes or even help them to jump up and down to squash them all. My tot’s favourite game this time was hide and seek with mini George and Peppa pigs. We know how to have a good time!

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