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I'm running a Stay and Play session for 0-5s next week on the theme of Messy Food Play. I've got a store of old favourites in my head but fancy trying something different - what is your favourite activity, what do the children ask for time and time again??

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mashed potato made to the right consistency can be just like playdough

unrinsed cooked spaghetti has enough starch in it to stick it to paper / card for pictures and can be cut with scissors and if you put food colouring in the water when you cook it it comes out tinted (oh i feel the need to cook spaghetti we need scissor practice)

jelly

beans (or even jelly beans but probably too much sugar :o )

 

can't get messier than cornflour gloop (and it is a food sort of)

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How about painting bread........... toasting then eating it?????????

 

Use condensed milk with different colourings added.

New paintbrushes :o

Paint the bread.

Toast and eat!

 

You can add butter etc too........ if you want.

 

 

 

jelly cubes are good to use, vegetable/fruit faces that the children can create then eat, painting with chocolate spread or others hope they help

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Our children just love 'cooking'. We give them a tub of value marg, value flour and a jug of water. Let them have complete free rein, spooning, mixing, then add colourings, then give them baking tins to put the mixture in. Totally engaged children, very messy, great!

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"painting" with chocolate mousse or chocolate pudding - an INCREDIBLY messy activity but oh, how the children love it! :o

 

Nona

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"painting" with chocolate mousse or chocolate pudding - an INCREDIBLY messy activity but oh, how the children love it! xD

With my staff I am not sure there would be any left for the children to paint with!!!!! :o

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our little ones loved finger painting using melted chocolate and if you use both white and dark chocolate you get a great marble effect

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Today we gave the children a bowl of flour and jugs of water and waited........

 

by the end not only had they asked for glitter, pasta, rice, powder paint...but then took the activity outside to continue their 'potion making' by adding grass, leaves soil until in the end we had a lovely mud bath that they all had a fantasic time playing with!!!!!

 

we have also done custard powder and water - lovely smell and just like cornflour

jelly - make up some and then have some cubes too, alongside a bowl of warm water - watch how they explore what happens when they add the cubes to the warm water....

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some lovely ideas above.

we had great fun with an ice mountain. we covered the tuff tray with cornflour, then tipped a whole bag of ice cubes onto the tray in a mountain. we poured two different food colourings on the top and watched and waited. as the ice melted of course the colourings mixed, and we talked about what would happen if we added another colour etc. the cornflour stopped the melted ice running away and gave an interesting marble effect and eventually turned to goop. the children broke the mountain up from time to time and talked about how it felt. some children got food colouring on their hands but their parents are getting used to us! we did try adding glitter but didn't really have much effect.

it was quite surprising how long the ice took to melt.

Lorraine

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some lovely ideas above.

we had great fun with an ice mountain. we covered the tuff tray with cornflour, then tipped a whole bag of ice cubes onto the tray in a mountain. we poured two different food colourings on the top and watched and waited. as the ice melted of course the colourings mixed, and we talked about what would happen if we added another colour etc. the cornflour stopped the melted ice running away and gave an interesting marble effect and eventually turned to goop. the children broke the mountain up from time to time and talked about how it felt. some children got food colouring on their hands but their parents are getting used to us! we did try adding glitter but didn't really have much effect.

it was quite surprising how long the ice took to melt.

Lorraine

 

 

Adding salt to the mountain is another great activity as the salt starts the melting process - it ice crackles and if you then add food colouring it seeps down through the cracks. Fantastic.

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