If you haven’t tried sensory play so far, don’t start with these messy sensory play ideas! Pick something safer from the variety of sensory play ideas you can find on the blog.
However, if you feel brave, pick an activity from this list and get on with fun! For most of the kids I know (mine included), messy activities are something they ADORE! Never enough!
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It might be called Clean Mud but there is still lots of messy fun to be had with our sensory fun activity.
Now this is my kind of messy play, pull on your Bubble Wrap Boots and stomp around in paint.
Enjoy exploring the texture of potato flakes with your hands in this Taste Safe Sensory Snow Play with Trains.
Dig right into this Messy Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Tub.
Whisk up some fun with this Bubble Bin Sensory Play.
Racing Car Muddy Derby is not one for the feint hearted (the kids will love it!)
We love the feeling of Waterbeads mixed with Shaving Foam, it is so messy, yet easy to clean as well.
This Taste Safe Rainbow made from whipped cream is perfect for those just starting out with messy play.
Dig through shaving foam and tinned spaghetti to look for letters in this very Messy Sensory Soup.
Horsie Horsie Messy Play takes your ponies on a very messy trek home through cereal, jelly, chocolate, shaving foam and paint!
Do your remember making mud pies? Make some new memories with your own kids in an Outdoor Mud Kitchen.
Fill a sink with worms and chocolate mud and have the warm water and towels on standby.
A very bright and messy painting session is guaranteed when you try Neon Ghost Egg Splat Painting.
Did you know that you can use actual dirt to make some Muddy Playdough?
If you are a fan of slime then you will love this extra slimey (and messy!) Slime Dough.
Get messy painting with cars and then get all clean again with a soapy car wash.
Fill up a giant tray with mud and kitchen utensils and make some mud pies outside.
Have fun stomping Dinosaurs through Chocolate Mud.
Go digging for bugs in muddy Chocolate Play dough.
Simply add spaghetti worms into some dirt and enjoy digging around for them.
Mix up some Magic Mud.
Have you had a go at making Moon Mud before?
Squash and squish down through the layers of glitter, shaving foam and waterbeads in this very Messy Sensory Trifle activity.
There is no need to be concerned about taste happy kids with this Edible Mud Sensory Play.
Ivory Soap Slime is ideal for some “clean” messy play.
This Soap Fluff Sensory play may smell clean and fresh, but it is seriously goopy and messy at the same time.
All you need to get messy is shaving foam and bubble wrap in this Easy Sensory Play
This Edible Sludge Sensory Play looks disgusting (but the kids will probably still eat it!)
Come over and see how this Wheels of the Bus process art activity took a messy sensory twist.
Turn your Garden into a Bath and you are in the perfect place to clean up afterwards.
See what happens when you add some extra Fizz to you Mud Play.
Adding shaving foam to sand takes the messines to whole new level in this Sand Dough activity.
Make some Messy Shaving Foam Art.
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Nicola is a former Librarian who now spends her time looking after and coming up with arts and crafts ideas for her sons Liam (7), Freddie (5), and Bella (3) to do together.