We had some glorious weather over the Bank Holiday, despite the weather forecast promising us the usual washout, so we let Little Splodge out into the garden armed with a selection of messy play materials.
Out of pure curiosity, on my part, the play was in no way directed and she was allowed to play as she saw fit.
To begin with she was very reserved and she restricted her painting to the paper
The play did, as I suspected it would, get progressively messier and the paint quickly progressed from being paper based to being on paper, in the tuff spot, on her skin and on her clothes (luckily the clothes she was wearing are generally reserved for messy play as they are already stained from previous paint encounters.)
Little Splodge also took her glitter shakers outside and decided to use these to decorate her pictures.
She does have a tendency to get a little carried away with glitter and it ends up everywhere. This was no different and a number of her multicoloured paint pictures quickly turned into single colour glitter pictures.
Allowing Little Splodge to have undirected messy play allowed me to get an idea of where her concentration level is and what her abilities are in terms of making her own choices as well as skills such as mark making and hand eye co-ordination.
As it turns out Little Splodge is pretty good at controlling her brush and mark making until her concentration slipped about 20 minutes into the play when she started to grab the paint with her hands and splat it everywhere.
We will definitely be allowing Little Splodge to have more free style messy play in the future if only to act as a marker for her abilities and progression.
Messy Play Materials Used In This Activity