Messy Playdates are a bit of a family tradition for us. This is our fourth year hosting a messy playdate, our second year having a theme, and our first year inviting EVERYONE in our local homeschool group to attend.
If you’d like to read about our previous messy playdates you can do so here (2014), here (2013), and here (2012).
The concept is pretty simple: keep things open ended, let the kids get creative, explore with materials that appeal to all 5 senses, have fun, and get messy.
The first station was some homemade taste-safe bubbles and bubble wands. These were a nice less messy option for the kids to warm up with.
Then there was the inventing room, where most of the magic occurred.
The inventing room was well stocked with rainbow colored sugars, taste-safe playdough, mini marshmallows, Twizzlers, spoons, and fun sized chocolate bars.
This next station was not a huge hit with the kids but it was based off one of my favorite parts of the book: the edible garden. Where the grass (noodles dyed green) and the flowers (lollipops) were all taste-safe.
Of course, near by there was the chocolate river. Or, in our case, the homemade slip’n’slide covered in chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
For pretty much no reason other than I thought it would be fun, we had some chocolate bars trapped in Jello.
And for the youngest party-goers, a baby station.
The ever lasting gobstoppers were actually ball-pit balls, the marshmallow pillow was a Ziploc baggie filled with mini marshmallows and duct taped sealed on all four sides, and the square candies that look round were LEGO duplo bricks with eyes drawn on them.
And now, lets see some action shots!