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Messy Play Activities for Toddlers

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If you're looking for messy play activities for toddlers then you've found the right place! We're taking our sensory play one step further this week and getting messy! Messy play is so important for young children, especially toddlers and preschoolers and I know it's an activity that is often avoided. If you're a bit hesitant to set up messy play activities for your toddler, these ideas will help!

Messy Play Activities for Toddlers

Messy Play Ideas for Toddlers

Our sensory play ideas are always so popular that I thought it was about time we took it one step further with some seriously messy play! These activities WILL be messy (there's no escaping that!), but if you do them outside or in a reasonably confined space you'll be fine!

If you're new to messy play and a bit hesitant about it all you might want to join in with our 5 day Messy Play Challenge. It's a free challenge and this will be full of SIMPLE and EASY to set up messy play activities - perfect for ages 1-3. If you would like to take part you can SIGN UP HERE.  You will receive a new messy play challenge activity each day 🙂 

5 day toddler messy play challenge

In the meantime check out this great list of messy play ideas for toddlers! If you set any of them up make sure you share them over on Instagram (use #MyBoredToddler so we can all see) or share a pic in our Facebook Group. 

Toddler Messy Play Activities 

Let's get started! Which messy play activity will you do first?

Taste Safe Oobleck 

Only 2 ingredients needed for this easy taste safe messy play idea - and one of them is water! Get the recipe HERE. 

making oobleck taste safe for babies and toddler playing with it

Jelly Sensory Play 
This is a fun activity to set up and toddlers love finding toys inside too. 

toys in jello jelly sensory and messy play for babies and toddlers

Dinosaurs in Taste Safe Mud (oobleck) 

This toddler messy play activity is a favorite in our house! See how we made the mud HERE. 

muddy dinosaur sensory bin with taste safe oobleck

How to make colored spaghetti 
Coloring spaghetti is not as hard as you might think! See how to color spaghetti HERE. 

Making colored spaghetti for messy play and sensory bins


Shaving Cream & Blocks 

Such a quick activity to set up but SO MUCH FUN! 

messy play blocks in shaving cream or whipped cream

Fizzing Sensory Bin
Once you've tried this you'll be asked to set it up over and over again! See how easy it is to make your own fizzing sensory bin HERE. 

fizzing colorful sensory bin with vinegar and baking soda

Finger Painting 

It's a classic and it's messy but they definitely love it! If you want to take your painting further try these 20 toddler painting ideas. 

Painting with Cars and Trucks 

Painting with trucks and cars feature

Bugs in Mud

This one is always popular too! 

bugs in mud tasate safe sensory bin

Make sure you join our Facebook Group for more fun toddler activity idea - you can also follow along on Instagram - follow @myboredtoddler and use #myboredtoddler 

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toddler messy play activities

Make sure you share photos of your messy play in our Facebook Group or over on Instagram – Use #MyBoredToddler so we can see! You can also sign up to our weekly newsletter or follow us on Facebook or Pinterest for more great toddler activities and ideas.

Some other toddler activities you may enjoy are:

50 Best Books for Toddlers

50 great books for toddlers

Water Play for Babies and Toddlers 

water play for babies and toddlers feature

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