|Cloud Dough Day|
Anyway, I chatted with the parents about what they thought about their kids getting crazy messy this summer. 100% said that they were excited about the prospect of messy play at the library, because frankly they don't do it at home because of the mess. That was all I needed to create a special summer hour long playing free-for-all. Let's go!
Week One: Cloud Dough! I made the "edible" kind, since babies, you know, eat whatever fits in their mouths. I didn't color it, because I was afraid of staining. The kiddos had so much fun digging in it, and the parents were all down on the mats talking with their children. It was fairly easy cleanup, and I kept the dough for another program a few weeks later.
Week Three: Jello and Dry Noodles! We went outside for this one. I had three tubs of Jello on a tarp, a couple tubs of dry noodles of all shapes, and a water station to rinse. Most of the kids were drawn to the noodles at first, but then I steered them toward the Jello and....
...well, let's just say we had a really messy fun time!
Week Four: Bubbles! We stayed inside for this one, as the weather was gross. Bubble machine + pool full of bubbles = good times! I also had toys and other play items out for the kids who needed a break from the bubble machine.
Week Five: Fourth of July and the library was closed for the holiday.
Week Six: Floor Mural! Okay...so this one isn't as messy. Honestly I wasn't feeling a major cleanup last week, so I tore off huge pieces of paper and got out messy-to-little-kids art supplies, like markers and stamp pads. They had fun and I just had to pick up the papers at the end. This would be an easy transitional program for someone who can't rock Baby Jello Wrestling at his/her library.
Week Seven: Textures with Textiles! I have small booklets of different textures that I'm going to lay out, as well as an entire Rubbermaid tub of pom-pom balls. Messy? Sort of. Easy clean up? Yup. Fun? Totally.
So why do a messy play program?
- It's FUN for the kids and no clean up for the parents.
- It's EASY. Pick a "mess" and make it happen.
- It's LOW STRESS. Making sure spills are contained and clean up is done was really the only items I had to worry about.
I will be offering "normal" Baby Time again in September, with the possible addition of Mother Goose on the Loose after I attend a MGOL workshop in August. However, I had a lot of fun with this messy program and will most likely do it again next summer.
Have you done messy stuff at your library? We could form Baby Jello Wrestling teams! Let's talk!