Sending your little one off to daycare, or as we prefer to call it, “school,” is a monumental step in their early development. As they immerse themselves in a world of learning and play, be prepared for some messy adventures that will leave you both amused and astonished. In this blog, we’ll explore the top five messiest activities your child will undoubtedly engage in at our school. The engagement is, by far, the most important part of our child-led and “messy” activities. Each activity we share today has education basis to improve tools like hand-eye coordination, gross and find motor skills, and more.
1. Finger Painting Extravaganza:
Ah, the classic finger painting session – a staple in every young scholar’s curriculum. While it’s a fantastic way for children to express their creativity, it’s equally effective at turning little hands into a kaleidoscope of colors. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home with Picasso-level finger painting skills and an impressive array of hues adorning their tiny fingers and palms.
2. Culinary Capers in the Snack Zone:
At school, snack time isn’t just about satisfying hunger; it’s a full-fledged culinary adventure. Whether it’s crafting peanut butter and jelly masterpieces or experimenting with fruit salad, your child is bound to embrace the messiness that comes with culinary creativity. Expect some food on the face, in the hair, and possibly even in places you never thought possible.
3. Mud Pies and Nature’s Bakery:
Outdoor play is a crucial part of the school experience, and it often involves a close encounter with nature. From digging for buried treasures to cultivating mud pies of epic proportions, your little one will return home with evidence of a day well-spent in the great outdoors. Mud-stained clothes and shoes might become the new norm, but rest assured, the memories created amid the mud and dirt are worth every stain.
4. Scientific Splash Zones:
Water play is not just reserved for the beach. At daycare school, your child might find themselves engaged in scientific experiments involving water, bubbles, and a variety of water toys. Brace yourself for damp clothing, wet hair, and a thoroughly refreshed and enthusiastic young scientist. The mess may be significant, but the joy of discovery is immeasurable.
5. Sensory Sensations:
Sensory play is an essential component of early childhood education. Whether it’s exploring different textures, playing with gooey substances, or squishing and squeezing playdough, your child will dive headfirst into a world of sensory sensations. While this undoubtedly leads to a fair share of mess, it also nurtures their tactile senses and fosters a love for exploration.
Our school isn’t just about academics; it’s a holistic experience that embraces the messiness of childhood. As your little one navigates the world of finger paints, culinary creations, outdoor escapades, scientific splash zones, and sensory wonders, remember that each mess is a testament to their growth, curiosity, and the joy of learning. Though the mess can be frustrating as a parent, it does have a purpose. So, embrace the mess, cherish the memories, and celebrate the messy, magical journey of daycare school.
This blog was inspired by a post from Early Childhood and Family Service. They so eloquently wrote:
“I might be messy, but I learnt LOTS!
Children getting their clothes messy can be frustrating for many parents and carers, but so so SO often, the cause of that mess was exploration and learning As children get older, and develop their motor skills, balance, and hand-eye coordination, the slips and spills will get less and less.
So next time you collect a mucky little person from nursery, remember, the endless washing wont last forever, but the learning that happened today will ”