Learning can be messy
Preschoolers get down and dirty to play and pick up some skills
PRESCHOOLERS from St Marys Children’s Centre had “the best” time recently, slathering themselves in sand, mud and paint.
Getting their hands dirty was all in the name of fun learning when the centre held an Extra Messy Play Day late last month to celebrate Children’s Week.
Teacher Clarissa McCormack said youngsters were often given the chance to make a mess because it was a productive way to pick up new skills, but there was a more colourful chaos than ever on Extra Messy Day.
“We had shaving cream prints, so they played in the cream and then used their fingertips to make a pattern,” Ms McCormack said.
“There was also mud play, finger painting, wet sand play and footprint painting.
“A group of the children said it was the best Messy Play Day ever. They went backwards and forwards from the mud to the sand.”
Children were also taught mathematics, symmetry and spelling.
Ms McCormack said those who played in the mud filled cake tins with water and counted how many cups it took to make a wet mess.
“Messy play stimulates children’s imaginations,” she said.
“It’s lots of fun and it fosters growth in all areas of development.”
The Penrith Council centre caters for children aged six weeks to six years.
Anindo, Kris and Nate splash in the mud while (inset) Abby was encouraged to spell out her name with shaving cream at St Marys Children’s Centre’s Extra Messy Day.