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.
LittleMan is still working with early readers, however he has been a HUGE fan of chapter books since he was old enough to sit and listen to them read aloud. He is such a fan in fact that I eventually caved in and started getting him audio books because my throat couldn’t take reading aloud constantly. The first chapter books that he fell in love with were written by Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger, and, his personal favorite, George’s Marvellous Medicine.
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: (more…)
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: (more…)