Disclosure: This review is a paid partnership with Little Learners Windsor. Berkshire Mummies was also gifted some of the items alongside the experience.
I love setting up activities and crafts for my children but was delighted when Bernice from Little Learners Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough got in touch and offered for us to try out a Little Learners Messy Play Pack to use at home. Lockdown has been pretty full on in terms of crafting and activities. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoy doing them but it was lovely to have ‘a few days off’! It meant that I could have a week off preparing activities and making sure I had enough resources.
I think the Messy Play Packs are also great for those less confident with coming up with activities for their children or those who at this point in lockdown have run out of inspiration. My eldest was super excited to get new ‘toys’ and materials to play with. It was wonderful to see the excitement.
What does the Little Learners Messy Pack include?
The Little Learners Messy Pack included a pack of homemade play dough, coloured rice or sand (I was gifted both), foam, 12 tools and a Tuff Spot Tray. We actually already have our own Tuff Spot Tray which I have used for a number of years. Ours is currently being used as a sandpit so it was great to have another to use for these activities. I think it’s a great opportunity for someone who doesn’t have a Tuff Spot Tray to give one a go and see how you get on, if you were thinking of buying one. I love ours but it does take up space and is quite bulky.
Bernice, owner at Little Learners Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough also sent over an information pack via email. The pack included some instructions and also ideas of things you could do with the Little Learners Messy Play Pack.
What activities did we do with our Little Learners Messy Play Pack?
The book ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a favourite in our house. When I saw the pink foam I knew what this was perfect for so I made a giant Superworm! I used sticks and petals from the garden for the worms face. The foam was messy. A bit of the colouring stained skin and clothes but it washed out easily. I am also glad we used it outside in the garden to save the house getting too messy! There was enough foam in the tube to play with it a couple of time’s. So on another occasion I added some mega blocks so my children could have a go at building some towers with the foam and blocks!
The coloured rice was used for a sensory activity for my eldest. I added an egg carton, a pot, tweezers, a scraper and a spade as a scoop, some of which was supplied in the pack, so the rice could just be played with and used to measure and fill items. The rice soon turned into a playground for our dinosaurs! I love giving my children an invitation to play and see where it takes them. The play dough we also used in a traditional way, using the cutters supplied. My eldest also made play dough cupcakes and made dinosaur footprints.
Finally my eldest played with the sand supplied. I set up a little beach and seaside scene on the tuff spot tray (we are missing the beach!) For the sea I added blue fabric, homemade paper fish and a toy boat. For the beach I added the sand and bucket and spade from Little Learners. I also added some toy coins to make a bit of a treasure hunt and some toy little people. It’s lovely watching a small world being played with.
How much is the Little Learners Messy Play Pack to hire?
It was great to have the Little Learners Messy Play Pack at home, it took away several elements of preparation and allowed my children to have fun playing. There were plenty of materials in the pack to allow us to set up different activities and spread them over the time we had the kit. You could use the equipment just as it came or get a little more creative as I did with some of the activities.
The Messy Play Pack is £22 to hire for a week and can be delivered or collected, whichever works for you. The kit includes: a tuff tray (1m x 1m), a selection of 12 tools, playdough, sand or sensory rice and a guide to messy play at home, hire is for a week.
What else does Little Learners Windsor have on offer to help with play at home?
You can also buy Messy Play products from Little Learners Windsor or you could book a socially distanced Little Learners party. Bernice runs Little Learners at Home, online classes. They are just £3.50 per family, per session via Zoom. The sessions are fun and interactive activities to help little ones develop important mark making and fine motor skills. The classes take place every other Wednesday at 10-10:30am. Suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years and Thursdays at 3-3:30pm: Suitable for children aged 18 months – 5 years.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Little Learners Windsor website. Make sure you follow Little Learners on Facebook and Instagram.
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