Let’s Get Messy!

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Occupational Therapy:  Ideas for Sensory (Messy) Play


What is messy play?  Messy play is exactly that – messy! It is where you allow your child to make a controlled mess so they are able to use their senses in purposeful ways.  While a “mess” is not ideal, the benefits of messy play are great and worth the minimal inconvenience. 


Benefits of messy play: 

-Sensory input to different textures (If your child has sensory aversions start with one of the ideas below and slowly introduce and increase engagement as child builds tolerance)

-Hand eye coordination 

-Fine motor skills (finger dexterity and hand/shoulder strength)

-Gross motor skills 

-Body awareness

-Attention and creativity

-Language development


Ideas for messy play:

-Finger paints -Kinetic Sand

-Shaving cream -Playdough

-Sand box -Slime

-Water table -Cooking

-Sensory Bins 


Need Inspiration?  Check out these activities!

3 ingredient cloud dough recipe (similar to play dough)



Decorate a cake with shaving cream!



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