cropped-image1.jpgMessy Play is really important for childrens co-ordination, building up their resilience and confidence, language skills, social skills and awareness of the world around them.   We find lots of opportunity for literacy in messy play not just from our descriptive words but we find children engage and want to explore their thoughts with us as they play.  They want to ask questions, answer questions, tell us what they are thinking.   They gain strength using fingers and control.  They get used to different textures and their imaginations gain experience for building and creating.


We have enjoyed this slime for a few months and it has been mixed with all sorts of foam and glue and it has adapted and worked well.

i used 1 cup of pva glue and less than a 1/4 cup of Laudry gel (cheapest from Aldi ALMAT).  Mix well and if sticky add a little more gel if slimed add a little more glue.

A nice website: Artfulparent

One thing I hate about messy play and science play is often online recipes and ideas do not work in real life.  But dont let that put you off, Just do it and work it out with the children.

Pizza Dough

13 oz Plain Flour, 2 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs brown caster sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 14g active yeast (dried),

Mix in bowl and done.  Pizza on stone cooks best and ours took 15 mins to cook aga.

SALT DOUGH  ( we dry our salt dough in minutes so the children can make and paint to see their achievement )

Salt Dough Recipe

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of water

1 cup of flour

How to make the salt dough

Add the 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of flour to a bowl stir in the water adding it slowly – you may not need all of the water. You want the dough to be dry – if it gets sticky add more flour. Knead the dough and then roll out and use as you want.

Once you have made the shapes you want then you need to dry them so you can paint. Traditionally salt dough is dried in the oven which takes around 3 hours at a low heat so they don’t burn. But instead swap your oven for a microwave and zap for 3 mins. If when the time is up they are still a little wet then just put back in for another 20 seconds at a time until done. Leave to cool down and then paint.

For ideas of what to do with salt dough check out our

Play Dough

  • 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
  • food colouring (optional)
  • few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)
  • If adding glitter add it to oil mix and then add to dry ingredients

Rubbery Gloop


2 cups bi-carbonate soda (baking soda)

1 ½ cups water

1 cup of cornflour (corn starch)

Food colouring (optional)


  1. Combined all ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. Mix the ingredients together using a whisk to remove lumps.
  3. Heat on stove stirring with a wooden spoon.
  4. Bring the mixture to the boil continuously stirring.
  5. Small lumps will begin to appear, continue to stir until a thick mixture has formed.
  6. Turn out onto the bench. Be careful the Rubbery Goop will be very hot!
  7. Knead together to form a smooth ball of Rubbery Goop.
  8. Store in a plastic zip-lock bag or air tight container.

There are no preservatives in this recipe and depending on how many children play with the Rubbery Goop, it can last up to two weeks.