Recently, the preschooler and I spent a few days scouring shops for little plastic bugs. We wanted to spend some time learning about and playing with mini beasts. Perhaps they were all sold out though, because we couldn’t find any anywhere! The closest we got was a little bag of rubber frogs that the preschooler insisted he wanted, and which prompted today’s Messy Play for Matilda Mae- Gloopy frog pond!
Two of our favourite messy play materials are shaving foam and cornflour. Add those to the mix and you are guaranteed to have a good session! I also like experimenting with adding other materials to them, to see what happens. That’s how we got Fluffy playdough, Fluffy paint and Minty sticky playdough. This time though, I wanted the preschooler to have a go, so I gave him the materials and left him to it. We wanted to make a gloopy pond for the frogs and we decided that should be green.
- mixed yellow and blue paint to make green (un-prompted!)
- added a squirt of lemony yellow fairy liquid
- squirted a dollop of shaving foam into the mix
The result was a very fragrant foamy paint that the baby was very keen to get her hands into.
But the preshooler wasn’t happy as his frogs kept disappearing underneath and he didn’t like getting his hands in there. So we added some cornflour and experimented with more squirts of shaving foam and fairy liquid until we were happy with our consistency. It wasn’t so much a gloop now, more of a dough but the preschooler was a lot more happy to touch it.
We arranged the gloopy dough in the centre of the Tuff Spot and squirted some more shaving foam around for them to play on. The preschooler and the baby were happy to play for a while without any interaction from me, but I decided I would try to structure the play a little when I noticed they were starting to argue!
We used one of the large wallpaper brushes to make a large circle around the loopy dough and the preschooler helped to do this. We then counted to 10 and I wrote the numbers in the foam, around the circle. We then took it in turn to throw the rubber frogs onto the Tuff Spot, aiming for the numbers. This was a great little activity that got the kids up and moving and added an element of competition too! We practised throwing and aiming skills, number recognition and counting, while at the same time flexing our gross motor skills.
We also practised mark making in the foam, using the little frogs to make tracks and patterns. We talked about the different shapes on the frogs bodies and the different tracks they made in the foam.
Next step was to use fingers to make marks and the preschooler was keen to copy the numbers I had already written in the foam. He also used the frogs to write numbers and quickly saw that the legs and feet were best to use as they were more like a pencil. Writing numbers is something we haven’t practised much as I have been really focussed on getting him to write his name. Mental note to self to practise number writing more!
In the end, this activity wasn’t as gloopy or as messy as I had hoped, but we all had fun anyway!
I’m linking this post up to Jennie’s Messy Play for Matilda Mae linky. Please come and visit some of the other posts!