Messy Playdate 2012 (the start of a summer tradition)

There has been a lot of buzz around the mom blogs lately about messy playdates. With good reason too, they are incredibly fun and beneficial to the children. But mostly they’re fun.
Last year we were inspired to have our first messy playdate after seeing some posts about them on Growing A Jeweled Rose.

Here was our set up:
Messy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (14)
Paint without brushes station, white table cloths hung up, large pieces of paper laid out, plates of paint, balls, dish sponges, cars, feathers, leaves, flowers.
Messy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (2)
Water balloon pinatas hung from a clothes line
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Dinosaur eggs in a nest near a batch of fresh dirt dough (similar to mud)
Messy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
Paddling pool of shaving cream and bath loofas, some rolls of toilet paper
Messy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (6)
Tub of baking soda and spray bottle of vinegar
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Paddling pool of cooked noodles, mixing bowls, and 3 bowls of jello with toy animals and action figures in it
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Paddling pools of plain water
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Baby area for the pre-walkers, basket of discovery bottles and fabric squares, links and toys hanging from broom stick, sensory bags
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Clean-up station near the exit

Some snap shots from during the playdate:
Messy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (13)
Messy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (12)
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Messy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (8) (goop)
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And the aftermath:
After-Math of Messy Playdate, Suzy HomeschoolerMessy Playdate 2012 from Suzy Homeschooler (9)
It was far easier to clean up than it looks. Everything was back to normal within 2 hours.

We had so much fun that we’re doing it again this year. In fact, I think it might become an annual tradition. No better way to kick-start the summer than a shaving cream fight.

Have you had a messy playdate? I’d love to hear about your experiences!
Do you want to have one but you’re not quite sure how? I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Also, if anyone is interested in the recipes we used to make dinosaur eggs, goop, etc or the instructions for discovery bottles or sensory bags, just let us know and we’d be happy to share!

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5 Comments to Messy Playdate 2012 (the start of a summer tradition)

  1. Oh, I just love your messy play date! So incredibly fun! Thanks for linking back to Growing a Jeweled Rose. I will be sharing this on facebook 🙂

  2. So many fantastic ideas…bet they had so much fun! Am featuring on my Kid’s Co-Op post this week…thanks for linking up!

  3. Michele says:

    I would love any extra information you could give me.. I am the game coordinator for a church picnic and this would be amazing!!!!

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