Useful toddler & baby related information

Handy Information courtesy of Messy Monkeys

Monkeys not Sheep!

One of our Messy Monkey mantras is that it is the PROCESS of creative play that matters and not the end PRODUCT.  The sheep above looks nothing like our beautiful example but who cares?  We bet the monkey making that sheep had a whole lot of creative fun! Each week we make fantastic messy masterpieces to take home and cherish and we like it
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Did you hear that ‘Splat’?

It’s not exactly breaking news that babies and toddlers learn by listening to us, but how often do we really listen to them? Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to find yourself engaged in hundreds of new experiences but be unable to talk about them, share how you feel and ask questions? Messy play is a fantastic way of introducing children to
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Messy Daddies

We get lots and lots of messy daddies through our paint splattered doors and wanted to take a little moment to recognise the fab free playing that they do with their gorgeous little monkeys each week! Dads often comment to us how easy it is to play alongside their children through messy play in a super relaxed environment like Messy Monkeys. Getting stuck in and
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Starting BIG!

  When children learn to write and draw they need to master the BIG muscles first before the little ones can catch up…  drawing a HUGE splodgy circle on the paint wall helps gross motor skills develop, makes a good old mess and also helps developing minds figure out how to make that circle smaller, neater and eventually a perfect ‘0’! Being able to
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Messy Hands Develop Fine Motor Skills

Messy play is such an important part of a child’s learning and development and we love seeing our little monkeys getting HANDS ON in all the different gloops and goos we provide each week. Each pair of little hands is working hard to understand how to manipulate the different textures, weights and substances they come across… it’s amazing to think about the workout that
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Splatting, squelching and speaking!

We’ve a wonderful speech and language therapist who has attended Messy Monkeys with her children who has urged us to stress to you lovely folk just how amazing messy play can be for communicative development… she told us that “everything you are doing encourages fantastic development in their language and communication skills”. Whoop! At Messy Monkeys we love to listen to fully fledged qualified
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Messy Monkey Philosophy

A note on our ethos and philosophy, of which we are very proud! It is our absolute policy never to say ‘no’ at Messy Monkeys – we feel children get nagged enough to stay clean and tidy so when with us we like to say ‘yes’! Yes you can paint your head green, yes you can stick your feet in the custard, yes you
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