Wether it’s the dreaded meal time or your child’s bedroom; they all have one thing in common: MESS! It helps to know that is completely normal and we’ve explained why.

Most people are familiar with our 5 senses: sight (visual), hearing (auditory), touch (tactile), taste (oral) and smell (olfaction), but did you know there are two others? Our vestibular sense is related to movement and balance, and our proprioceptive is related to the positioning and movement of our body parts from our muscles, joints and ligaments. All 7 senses are constantly working together to help us understand and move within our environment.

We require an awareness of our senses to function in society; I.e we know that ‘hot’ is dangerous or we know that throwing a heavy sharp object has a different outcome to throwing a soft small ball. Children do not learn these things from being told or shown pictures on flash cards, rather they require rich and meaningful exposure to these sensations to learn, thus sensory play. Research tells us that children primarily learn through play; so combining their NEED to play and their need to explore through their senses often results in a big mess.

Children do not see mess the same way we do, rather they see an elaborate play space full of opportunities to have their brains learning. Babies see food falling from their high chair as a physics experiment; testing the speed and velocity of each drop. As frustrating as it is to watch your freshly cleaned house turn to ruin in 0.5 seconds, it’s important to understand that this a natural behaviour. Rather than punishing your child for messy play we can embrace it together, have YES TO MESS spaces and teach clever and clear boundaries for packing away.

Soundsations ‘Seven Senses’ classes allow for unstructured, exploratory play that simulates learning. The program focuses on exploring and experimenting, it allows children to make their own discoveries using their senses and curiosity. Our messy play explores different temperatures (cold, warm, tepid), textures (rough, smooth, wet, dry), scents and appearances. Our classes are designed by early childhood specialists with research interests in sensory play and nature-based learning. They provide opportunities for children to make music, create, problem-solve, use their imaginations and explore nature. Class experiences include activities such as messy play, sensory activities, singing, movement to music, construction and painting.

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