Messy play is an important aspect of your baby’s development. Baby’s fine motor skills develop as they explore all aspects of their surroundings.
Feedback from touch stimulation is an important aspect of sensory processingAs baby’s engage in messy play, their hands and fingers are stimulated, sending a wealth of information to the brain about where their hands and fingers are in space, teaching them how to control their movements and muscles. Feedback from touch stimulation is an important aspect of sensory processing.
My daughter is 16 months old and is not a fan of messy play. She becomes upset if her hands are dirty and I feel that this is something I would really like to work on with her. So, in this video, I have some shaving cream fun with her.
I would recommend this activity for children over the age of 1 (as they do not put EVERYTHING into their mouths).
You Will Need:
- Bib or something to protect clothing
- Easy wipe table cloth or tray
- Hypoallergenic shaving foam or Tinti Bath Foam
Apart from the general benefits of messy play, some of the other skills that my daughter is developing in the video include using both hands together (important for activities like eating with a knife and fork, cutting out with scissors, tying shoe laces)and isolating her finger movements (this will be important for dexterity and the finer hand movements).
I’ll be doing more videos of messy play activities as I work with Gracie on exposing her to more textures and sensations. So, keep popping by to join us on our messy play adventure.