Messy day offers kids plenty of activities
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.
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.