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Valentines Sensory play

We’ve always loved a bit of sensory play here, the messier the better. Sensory play is so important for early years development and we’ve been doing all sorts of things since Dexter was 3 weeks old. I often like to do things themed around the…

February 4, 2018

Halloween Sensory Bath

One of the best pieces of parenting advice I’ve ever been giving was if your kids are going crazy, stick them in the water. I don’t mean drown the little buggers, that’s frowned upon, I mean put them in the bath. And it’s something…

October 31, 2017

Introducing #PlayInTheTray – The Tuff Spot Hashtag

When Dexter was younger, especially in his first 2 years, I used to do so much with him. We did all sorts of messy play (that’s where the blog name came from). We did lots of fun sensory and explorative play. Went on nature…

August 24, 2017

Autumn scented, no-cook, sensory playdough

  There are literally hundreds of play dough recipes out there these days, probably even thousands. Some work really well, others not so much, so I thought it would be fun to add another one to the mix. We’ve made our own play-dough before…

September 11, 2016

Moon Sand Sensory Play Activity

Moon sand is such a simple thing to make and when we use it, it is normally enjoyed for hours. There are several recipes all over the internet using vegetable oil, hair conditioner corn starch and various other things that can all normally be…

May 19, 2016

Effortless fun with foam shapes in 37* easy steps!

*It doesn’t take 37 steps at all. That was a bare faced lie. But it is very simple! A friend of mine sent me a picture of some foam shapes on her window that she had been playing with with her son. She suggested…

February 16, 2014

Red and green make….. MESS!!

I thought I’d try something a bit different with Dexter today. He’s not yet played with paint. I was saving it for when he’s a bit older as he puts everything in his mouth still but it’s non toxic so I thought why not.…

February 4, 2014

Sticky-icky-icky – Sensory play

Today’s activity was exploring a new texture.. I covered a chopping board in sticky back plastic and then sat it in front of Dexter. When he put his hands on it they stuck slightly which was completely new. I stood him up and let…

February 2, 2014

Messy play ideas for babies and toddlers.

Following up from my previous post about the messy play we have done with Dexter, I have decided to make a list of our favourite messy play ideas so that I can keep them all together. Feel free to share some of your ideas…

January 24, 2014

The messiest baby in all the land – Messy play

Of all the fun things I remember about being little, the best ones always revolved around some kind of mess. Either gluing or water or sand or just gloop, so since having Dexter I’ve been looking forward to just letting him go wild with messy…

January 24, 2014