You Are So Messy!

My daughter loves to make a mess. I have spent countless hours wiping sticky hands and trying to organize her paintings on our kitchen counter. And now, at 2 years old, she absolutely must help me in the kitchen. This means I now have to wash double the bowls and double the utensils.

Annabelle BakingIt is common sight at my house to see her covered from head-to-toe in Oobleck or other sticky, messy fun.
Annabelle Mess 2Some people don’t understand why I allow my daughter to make such a mess while I just sit back and smile. It’s because I know that beyond the paint splatter and mud pies, important developmental leaps are abound.

Messy play is actually very beneficial to your toddler. S/he just thinks they are having fun, but they are also learning.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Mr. Fred Rogers

Alongside creating lasting memories for your child they are also improving their language skills, motor development, creativity, mathematical skills and their social and emotional development, according to Early Childhood Development Assoc.

Annabelle PaintAllowing my daughter the freedom to experiment at her own pace and comfort level, she is essentially teaching herself a plethora of priceless information. For example, while she is mixing her paints she is learning how to create secondary and tertiary colors. When she helps me bake a cake in the kitchen she is learning how to count and measure. And while playing with the famous Oobleck and Slime she is learning how to correctly identify new textures.

Beau and Annabelle MessMaking a mess might be an intimidating and exhausting thought for you as the parent, but you are creating a whole *ahem* … mess … (pun so intended) of important synapses in your child’s developing brain that will last a lifetime. Messy play is also a great time to start teaching your little ones how to cleanup after themselves.

Parents.com says, “When babies swirl, smash, and splash away, they’re actually improving their ability to control the muscles in their hands. And that’s key to getting ready for controlling spoons, crayons, and pencils in the not-so-distant future.” (para. 5)

So get out there and get messy, parents! It’s so worth the cleanup!

Bibliography:

Early Childhood Development Assoc.: The Benefits Of Messy Play, 2017(http://www.ecdevelopment.co/2017/04/21/the-benefits-of-messy-play/)

Parents: The Importance Of Messy Play, 2018 (https://www.parents.com/featured/DreftMessyPlay)

5 thoughts on “You Are So Messy!

  1. Your daughter is adorable and I agree with this post. Children can grow mentally with their messy creations.

  2. I love your perspective on this Grace ☺ I get so tired of messes sometimes but you are absolutely right..kids are messy but they learn so much while they are making that beautiful mess❤

    1. I understand. I get so overwhelmed with cleaning sometimes that I feel like I can’t breath. It’s hard when it seems like the majority of your day goes towards cleaning. I try to remind myself that this is temporary though. That one day I will have a clean house and I will be praying to clean up the messes again. Sometimes it helps…other times I wish I could hire a maid lol.

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