Messy day of­fers kids plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

Chil­dren from around the re­gion got their hands dirty as the War­ren-Black­wood Early Years Net­work put on its an­nual Messy Play Day.

The event was held on Thurs­day at the Man­jimup Tim­ber Park and in­cluded about 20 groups pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Shire of Man­jimup com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Sharon Wilkin­son said the idea of “messy play” was to en­cour­age sen­sory play.

“Sen­sory play are games and ac­tiv­i­ties that en­gage the five senses,” she said.

“By do­ing this, we’re show­ing par­ents messy play can be easy and in­ex­pen­sive.”

Mrs Wilkin­son said the day was also about giv­ing par­ents some­where to take their young chil­dren.

Ac­tiv­i­ties on the day in­cluded bub­ble wrap paint­ing, rain­bow rice, na­ture wands, bub­ble paint­ing, slime, glit­ter glue paint­ing and vis­its from emer­gency ser­vices in­clud­ing fire­fight­ers and St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers.

The first 120 chil­dren who at­tended the event also re­ceived a free chil­dren’s book.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing read­ing with chil­dren, which helps with their de­vel­op­ment and par­ent-child bond­ing,” Mrs Wilkin­son said.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Man­jimup five-year-old Lin­con Adam gets hands-on paint­ing a t-shirt as part of the Messy Play Day at the Man­jimup Tim­ber Park on Thurs­day.

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