A Toddler’s Messy Play Session

A Toddler’s Messy Play Session

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen my disastrous attempt at one of our sensory play sessions with Toddler. I say disastrous, but really that’s a little extreme as for the first 15 or so minutes it was great fun as he sat and played with the bag of flour I tipped into our small paddling pool in the kitchen.

It was lovely watching him explore and squeal with delight as he grabbed handfuls and threw it in the air then pushed his toes in, swirling around and making patterns. My mistake came in asking Tween to keep an eye on him for 5 minutes while I nipped to the loo. I returned to a trail of white foot prints from the kitchen into the lounge and the 2 of them laughing as they rubbed their feet and made patterns all over the dining room floor. Even the Teenager stopped briefly to sprinkle flour on his baby brother’s head as he walked by on one of his food scavenge trips.

I won’t go into great lengths about the epic clean up afterwards, but needless to say Toddler didn’t look as clean faced as he does below.

But I guess all that matters is that he (along with Tween and Teenager) had some great rainy day fun.
ring day fun with a bag of flour and a paddling pool, a cheap sensory play activity from everyday items

A messy play session with flour and a small paddling pool.



  1. 23rd August 2015 / 8:43 am

    Oh flipping heck! Amazing fun but a lot of clean up. I bet you were fuming but trying not to be !! Gorgeous pic x #sundaystars

    • 23rd August 2015 / 9:39 am

      I admitted defeat! He did love and and the dog helped a little.

  2. 23rd August 2015 / 9:07 am

    Sounds great (except for the mess). I think I need to do more sensory play with the cubs but they make enough mess just playing normally – it puts me off!


  3. MummyOnMyMind
    23rd August 2015 / 10:45 am

    Oh wow, apart from the mess, that sounds like such a great activity! And that photo is gorgeous! #mysundayphoto

    • 23rd August 2015 / 2:45 pm

      Thank you, we’ve had worse messy play sessions and the fun is always worth it!

  4. 23rd August 2015 / 11:03 am

    It’s such a faff but so worth it to see their short lived enjoyment! I’m starting to think that messy / sensory play in the bath is the way forward 😉 #sundaystars

    • 23rd August 2015 / 2:44 pm

      that’s such a good idea, this paddling pool’s great but it’d not fun when the dog’s lingering, trying to get in on the act too.

  5. 23rd August 2015 / 12:15 pm

    Wowsers, that is some brave sensory play! I bet it was great fun for all concerned though; he looks like he’s having great fun in the photo!

    • 23rd August 2015 / 2:41 pm

      I probably didn’t give it as much thought as I should have done, but yes, it was fun!

    • 23rd August 2015 / 2:47 pm

      I’ve had enough of them too, I’ve given in and bought wellies and water proofs for the toddler so we can get out more

  6. 23rd August 2015 / 2:48 pm

    that’s so true, as I’m tidying it all up, it just gives him more opportunity to make up more messy play somewhere else!

  7. Betty and the Bumps
    23rd August 2015 / 3:24 pm

    I am massively rubbish at activities apart from colouring in and play doh, so I applaud anyone who gives it a go! I tried to make cloud dough (I think that’s what it’s called!?) once and , oh my God, it was one of the most stressful experiences of my life. I know toddlers aren’t known for their attention span but Gwenn is just terrible. We’ve had to stop painting now because she lasts 30 seconds and then runs around the house covered in the stuff! x


    • 25th August 2015 / 10:30 pm

      I did try painting the other day but he was more interested in eating it hence why I stick to edible crafts and messy play!

  8. 23rd August 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Great photo, it looks and sounds like a fun activity

    Thank you for linking up

  9. 23rd August 2015 / 3:36 pm

    That does sound like fantastic fun! Well apart from the mess….hehehe

  10. 23rd August 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I LOVE messy play. It’s my favourite thing to do with Evie. Just letting her loose to be as messy as she likes. This looks like great fun. What a beautiful moment captured too! 😀 x #mysundayphoto

    • 23rd August 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Thanks Chloe, my boy loves it too, always a great play choice.

  11. 23rd August 2015 / 8:20 pm

    He has got a lovely eyes! I can see the love in his eyes while he is looking at you here =) #mysundayphoto

  12. 24th August 2015 / 7:45 am

    Those two words, messy play send me into a cold sweat. I salute you for embracing it in your own home.
    I only let mine paint when it’s warm enough to do it outside ha ha.
    A woman near me has set up messy play as a business so you just go there and they clean it up!
    Thanks for linking up my lovely -#maternitymondays

    • 24th August 2015 / 1:30 pm

      That sounds like a perfect plan, we used to have a lot of parents come to messy play at the children’s Centre as they didn’t want to clean up at home!

  13. 24th August 2015 / 10:12 am

    Oh my god you are brave haha!! I couldn’t deal with the mess.


  14. 24th August 2015 / 12:43 pm

    eeek! I love doing messy play, but the clean up is not fun. I’ve never tried flour, but I think you’ve put me off giving it a go now anyway, lol! xx

    • 24th August 2015 / 1:27 pm

      Oh go on! It would’ve been fine if the tween & teen hadn’t have got involved.

  15. Claire
    26th August 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Wow… so much fun… but sooooooo much mess! I must get brave and do this although I think I might have to have the hoover at the ready!!

  16. 27th August 2015 / 8:36 pm

    hehe, I shouldn’t laugh but it does sound like a lot of fun I can see why they were tempted to do that! I need to start getting back in to sensory play and activities with Lottie its all gone down the pan with the summer holidays! Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

    • 27th August 2015 / 8:43 pm

      I think I may start going to toddler groups for next messy play sessions!

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