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What you need to take part in a messy play challenge!

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Welcome to our 5 Day Messy Play Challenge! This is a simple, inexpensive challenge to encourage you to set up some (or more) messy play for your toddler or preschoolers. If you haven't signed up yet you can do that HERE - you'll receive an email with all of the details you need!

5 day toddler messy play challenge

How will the Messy Play Challenge work?

If you have previously taken part in our other challenges (sensory play, painting or baking) this challenge will follow the same format. You will receive a daily email with the days activity and everything that you need to know to set it up. As this is the first time we are kicking off this challenge, we'll be all doing it together (which is so much fun!) and there will be posts in our Facebook Group and on Instagram that I would love for you to join in on. Use #MyBoredToddler to share your photos - I'll be reposting some of my favorites throughout the challenge.

What will I need for the messy play challenge?

I like to give out the list of everything you will need before we get starting as you don't want to be running to the store each day. As I've mentioned before, these challenges aren't difficult, they're not fancy but they are fun! The idea is to show you how easy it can be to set up these kind of activities and then you can work on the more Pinterest worthy activities yourself!

You will receive detailed instructions for each day in your daily email, but these are the things you will definitely need. I will also assume that you have some toddler toys which we will use throughout the challenge (these will very depending on what you have - the idea isn't to go out and spend lots!).

I've added all of these to my Amazon list which you can find here to make it easier for you if you plan on ordering from there.

  • A plastic container or a sensory tub or sensory table
    It really doesn't matter which one you use, or what size it is as long as it can hold our messy play for the day.
  • A splashmat or a tablecloth to put in the area you'll be using. This is optional but it helps to contain the mess! I really like THIS ONE. 
  • Shaving Cream or Whipped Cream (if you're not confident that you're child won't put it in their mouth, go for the whipped cream option). 1 can will do.
  • Corn Starch/Corn Flour - this is the same thing, it has different names in different countries. One small box is plenty.
  • Food coloring - optional. If you do get some, try to get a pack of mixed colors like these ones.
  • Jello/Jelly crystals - 4 boxes. Don't panic about making it just yet, we'll make sure you have plenty of time for that!
  • 2 packets of of spaghetti
  • White vinegar (just a teaspoon)
  • Dirt - yes real dirt! 2 cups will be plenty!
  • Some basic play items like spoons, cups, scoops - whatever you have at home.

I hope you're as excited as I am about this! I can't wait to get started!

If you're looking for some more activities while you wait for the challenge to start you might like some of these:

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