“What a mess! Why would you even suggest that activity?” – a recent submission on my blog contact form
I was you. It wasn’t too long ago that I was that Mom, avoiding activities that include glitter, indoor sand, beads and small sprinkle candies that would inevitably be scattered all over the floor and would make a huge mess.
Half way through a messy activity, I would feel the tension raising. I would shout and demand the messes me cleaned up immediately after playing. I would ban play dough, sand and anything messy because those small dried up pieces were a nightmare to clean up and small pieces of it would become lodged in the leaf of the kitchen table.
Play wasn’t fun.
I was the stressed Mom that demanded the messes be cleaned immediately. I didn’t see the apprehensive glances coming from those little people, wondering when Mom was going to have enough of the mess.
Until one day that I learned the real importance of play. I finally saw those smiles that came with messy play, with discovering something new. Somewhere along the way as they were learning about molding, volume and various forms of solids – I learned to embrace the mess, and let them play.
Embracing the Mess – And the Clean Up
Messy play is embraced around here, as long as the kids are willing to pitch in when it comes time to clean up. Armed with cleaning spray and new to Canada Viva® Vantage* paper towels that you can use to help clean every last sprinkle out of that leaf divide, when you’ve made chocolate ice cream play dough, you can feel the strength that comes in the stretch.
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You can tackle the dried on play dough, the leftover pieces of chocolate, the fingerprints on the walls, the handprints on the chairs and round up the sprinkles so there is fewer of them on the floor. For large jobs, like our messes, or small jobs, like a quick wipe of the hands – you can choose the right size to tackle your mess.
More Life happens when you’re embracing the Mess
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