Wordless Wednesday: Messy Play

Written by NPN_Admin on January 9th, 2013

Edited by Momma Jorje.

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This week we asked: What does messy play look like?

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Making Bread

Alice is currently a Facebook Administrator and Contributor for The Badass Breastfeeder.


Painting often ends up everywhere but the paper. It’s prettier that way.


From Gaby: “Play and messy are synonymous in our house.
My kids are energetic and like to see things move, fly, and go fast.”

Gaby blogs at Tmuffin.


From Shannon: “Moira has always been resistant to the idea of getting messy,
unless we have an easy way to wash off after every step.”

Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes.


From Kristin: “Car painting in our kitchen is a favorite messy play activity at our house!”


“Delia enjoying watercolors for “Messy Play Day” at our preschool. So much fun!”

Kristin blogs at Intrepid Murmurings.


Sam had the great idea to let Mikko have his own truck course through flour!
It was cheap, and easy enough to clean up off the floor and the kid.

Lauren blogs at Hobo Mama.


Daniel enjoys a challenging sensory experience at OT: shaving cream play!


Daniel got into his Momma’s nail polish when he was supposed to be napping.

Daniel’s Momma, Amy, blogs at Anktangle.


Tracy’s 4-year-old twin girls, Veronica and Callie, letting her know
that “Really, Mom, painting on PAPER is so passé, don’t you think?”


Tyler and a friend passed the time with some washable markers while chaperoning a MNO event.

Tyler’s mom blogs at Momma Jorje.

Tell us: What does messy play look like in your family?

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6 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Messy Play

  1. Momma Jorje  

    I need to do the shaving cream and flour ones with my preschooler, I think. They somehow seem less messy. My kids like messes – its me that doesn’t! I especially hate food messes, though.

    And I *love* that Kristin’s daughter, Delia, is wearing a shirt that says “I <3 Messy Play!"

    Adorable pics, everyone!

  2. Shannon

    I love messy kids! Especially when I can just look at the pictures and I don’t have to clean it up.

  3. Tmuffin  

    It’s funny that you think the shaving cream and flour look less messy, MommaJorje. I guess that goes to show that it’s all in your perception! No matter what, it can be cleaned up. And if not, you just buy a new sofa every 5 years or so, heh heh.

    • Momma Jorje  

      hahaha, I know, right? I wouldn’t really WANT my kids to make a big flour mess, but… yeah.

      Oh man, I had one kid that got into some baby powder when she was a preschooler. She made a HUGE mess in her room! She had little powder mountains on her book shelves and had been making her entire room foggy with the stuff! It was nuts!

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