To mess about is to play with something and it is through play – which is part of the creative process (Duffy 1998) – that children learn and develop. Children are being creative when they use materials in new ways, combine previously unconnected materials and make discoveries that are new to them, and messy play enables children to do all these things.
Here at Messy Monkeys, our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment where your child has the ability to use their developing creative skills by providing experiences which encourage the active exploration of materials and their properties.
We do this by:
Understanding children use all their senses in the process of exploration, especially the sense of touch
Offering children plenty of opportunity to mould and manipulate materials
Providing a combination of natural and manmade components to bring together our worlds and ignite our children’s imaginations and curiosity
The following video of Professor Paula Barrett (Scholar and researcher in the field of child psychology and has been recognised as being amongst the top 1 percent of publishers within the field of Psychology and Psychiatry at an international level) outlines the benefits of sensory play.