Messy Play & Sensory sessions – Can they be truly Child led Play?

Starting up this business 3 months ago I was unsure of how the studios would be best used and how they would suit most peoples needs. This is still a work in progress and something that I am continually looking at in order to make sure that I can stay here for a long time!

I have decided to stop the messy play sessions for the time being and focus on the drop in sessions – which for the next month will be open most of the time.

The intention of the studios has always been a place for people to come and relax whilst their children enjoy being creative and playing in an unstructured way, the focus being on child led play. My concern was that the messy play sessions take away from this by adding structure to the sessions with the child led element of it being taken away (read here for a great article on the importance of child led play.)

So for the next month I am going to be trialling the messy play trays. which will always be available whenever you wish to drop in for an additional £2 on top of the £3 studio fee.

The trays will alway change depending on the story and theme we are exploring. This week and 9-15 May (I am closed next week) will be around the theme of Hansel & Gretel. Children will be invited to help the witch make some potions using slime, goo, gelli and bubbles.


Following on from that until the end of May there will be a Jack and the Beanstalk themed activity.

So come on down, explore what is here, and get messy (if your child wants to)


Sensory Art, Messy Play for children with Autism – Painting it Yellow, A Sunny Day

Sensory Art - Messy Play

Sensory Art, Messy Play for children with Autism

Painting it Yellow, A Sunny Day

UPDATED for The Emotional Wellbeing Project

Messy painting is a great way to engage children in a sensory activity that can help them to develop their motor skills, communication and emotional regulation whilst at the same time using most of their senses in some way.

Not all children enjoy getting messy, and messy painting, like with any sensory activity should not be forced upon a child as this will then hamper any of the benefits that you would receive.

There are different paintbrushes and tools which can be used for the paint, this is a great way in for children who do not like to get their hands dirty and can still experiment with the paint.

The lesson plan I have attached details the benefits and learning opportunities for this activity and the photos below show the different painting activities and how they can help to develop your Childs emotional wellbeing.

Paint it yellow – A Sunny Day

For a kit to use at home with various tools for messy painting take a look at my Etsy Store.