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:
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.
Water balloon pinatas hung from a clothes line
Dinosaur eggs in a nest near a batch of fresh dirt dough (similar to mud)
Paddling pool of shaving cream and bath loofas, some rolls of toilet paper
Tub of baking soda and spray bottle of vinegar
Paddling pool of cooked noodles, mixing bowls, and 3 bowls of jello with toy animals and action figures in it
Paddling pools of plain water
Baby area for the pre-walkers, basket of discovery bottles and fabric squares, links and toys hanging from broom stick, sensory bags
Clean-up station near the exit
Some snap shots from during the playdate:
And the aftermath:
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!