Learn­ing can be messy

Preschool­ers get down and dirty to play and pick up some skills

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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.

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