We all know that children love messy play and you might be wondering if it's worth all of the mess at the end but it is very important for a child's development in all learning aspects.

The Importance of Messy Play for a Child's Physical Development

By Busy Kiddo    Posted on Jul 31, 2020

We all know that children love messy play and you might be wondering if it's worth all of the mess at the end but it is very important for a child's development in all learning aspects. With messy play, children experience different tactile while exploring their different senses. Through exploring their senses it stimulates their curiosity, allows them to explore the world around them and strengthens their creativity. Although we might not think so, children learn through experimenting and discovery and this is where messy play plays a role in encouraging children to explore new textures and handle different materials through their sense of touch.

Gross Motor Skills

Taking messy play to the next level is beneficial to the development of children's gross motor skills. Children use their larger muscles such as their arms, feet, legs and body to make bigger movements which help with balance, coordination and strengthening.

Fine Motor Skills

Children develop their early fine motor skills through messy play too as well as other different activities. They learn to process their fine motor skills by using the muscles in their wrists, arms, fingers, toes and their shoulders to make small movements. Children also practise coordination through their fine motor skills by combining muscles together when they are picking up various objects throughout the messy play.

Hand-eye coordination

Messy play experimenting through touch strengthens a child's hand-eye coordination. There are selected messy play activities that elicit and improve a child's concentration, activities such as cutting shapes out of playdough can be beneficial to the mentioned development areas.

Muscle Strengthening

In messy play, children practise their fine motor and gross motor skills which assists in strengthening their muscles and developing muscle control in their body. Introducing children to different messy play activities will build up their strength in the different muscle groups. Messy play activities such as finger painting help children improve the muscles in their hands and their fingers which is beneficial to them later on and prepares them for holding a pencil and for pencil control movements for writing. Messy play activities such as stomping in mud will strengthen the muscles in their legs and feet.

Body Control and Balance

Messy play is a very hands-on sensory activity which strengthens children's body control and balance through small and large body movements that they make during any form of play or activity.

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