If you’ve been following MamaOT this week, then you know we’re working on expanding your kids’ play repertoire by featuring different websites that focus exclusively on fun and educational activities for kids. Monday featured “No Time for Flash Cards” (read post here), Tuesday was all about “Productive Parenting” (read post here), and today we will show you the ropes on how to have fun getting MESSY!
You have absolutely got to check out this blog called Growing a Jeweled Rose: Learning and Loving Through Messy Play, which can be found at www.growingajeweledrose.com.
Growing a Jeweled Rose (GAJR for short) is written by a mom named Crystal who has two girls named “Jewel” and “Rosie” (hence her cleverly titled blog), and she primarily writes about how she and her kids explore and learn through sensory play, which often includes getting really, ridiculously, unbelievably messy! Crystal is the queen of messy play and she also rules the school when it comes to glow-in-the dark fun, especially during bath and water play.
Messy play is a very important part of childhood but I find that many parents are either afraid to let their kids get messy (understandably) or they are okay with it but they just don’t know where to start. I give Crystal major props for having the courage not only to allow her girls to engage in full-body mud baths (oh yes she does!), but also to share her ideas, experiences, and awesome pictures of how to do it all. Additionally, I am in love with the fact that she hosts messy play dates for her kids and their friends!!
Here are some of my favorites from Growing a Jeweled Rose (click on title for link):
- Slime Baskets — Messy Bath Play
- Glowing Water
- Glowing Goop
- Glowing Bath Play Ideas
- Play in the Mud — The Fun
- Bubble Wrap Sensory Sliding Fun
- Tips for Hosting a Messy Play Date
I am seriously thinking about starting to host messy play dates myself and if you and I live in the same town…watch out…things are about to get messy.
Head on over to Growing a Jeweled Rose and join in on the goopy, muddy, slimy, messy fun!