I wrote last week about the first messy playdate we hosted, and how I thought it might become a bit of a summer tradition. We hosted our second messy playdate since that post and, again, it was a hit. Things were a bit different this time. We had less children, less space, and new stations. A couple of the children were a bit cranky for unrelated reasons, but at the the end of the day, I’d do again next year in a heart beat!
Here was our set up this year:
Chemistry lab. Half the colored liquid in the divided tray is water, the other half is vinegar. The bowls hold baking soda, cornstarch, and baking powder. Also available are small cups, spoons, and eye droppers.
Frozen vinegar cubes and tray of baking soda. Idea from Inspiration Laboratories.
Ice blocks with toys inside, rock salt for melting the ice and freeing the toys.
Ocean pool. Noodles dyed green, plastic sea creatures.
Construction pool. Cocoa puffs, dump trucks, mega bloks.
Dinosaur pool. Damp moss and plastic dinosaurs.
Red, yellow, and blue ice cubes. (These were promptly dumped into the shaving cream and the result was really cool!)
Snow pool. Half shaving cream, half fake plastic snow, Christmas-y confetti.
Tub of water balloons and spray bottles.
Hand/foot painting station.
Frozen jello cups. Idea from The Imagination Tree.
Playdough baking station. (The only station I didn’t manage to get pictures of before the children descended upon it.)
Playdough, silicone baking cups, cupcake pan, heart shaped cake pan, cookie cutters, ice cube tray of “sprinkles” (ie: silk flowers, buttons, beads, confetti, fruit loops, pom poms, foam shapes, googly eyes, etc..).
Here are some snap shots from the playdate:
(painting with feet)
And my personal favorite photo of the entire day:
How awesome are these cupcakes?!