9 Ways to Let Your Kids Be Messy But Creative!

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Finger painting lets your child explore their creative side and their hands super messy at the same time. If you are worried any potential stains on your carpet or otherwise, it may sound unconventional, but try letting your child paint outside instead. You can lay out a tarp, set up the easel, and just let them go wild!

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Playing with Play Doh will help your child explore their inner Michelangelo. Not only is “play dough” easy to make from home and easier to save for a rainy day, it’s also super fun for kids to squish between their fingers, especially at a young age!

“Splatter” painting allows your child to do exactly what they have always wanted to do with paint, throw it around to make their own Jackson Pollock painting! All you need for this fun-filled activity is a canvas, some paint, a few paintbrushes, and a tarp. It is best done (cleanly) outside.

Don’t be afraid to let them experiment a little with colors and techniques!

Cling film art is very artistic, very fun, very messy, and very easy. The best part about this craft is that you can choose to stay clean if you wish by only touching your paint through the film! Find out more at the link: Cling Film Art

Messy baking/cooking isn’t just a fun way to get messy, it also provides a yummy treat for when all’s said and done. You and your child could make powdered doughnuts, ribs, jell-o, burritos, ice cream, or even sushi.

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Puffy paint is super fun for children because, unlike most paint, it is three dimensional. What mushy gushy madness! Check out the recipe for puffy paint that can be found here: How to Make Puffy Paint.

Rubber band painting keeps things a little musical but still a lot of messy. The process takes some time, but it’s totally worth it. Check it out at Reading Confetti: Rubber Band Painting

Mud Tea Parties combine fanciness and messiness and are fit for any little boy or girl. All you need is a mud patch, and assortment of cups, containers, shovels, and spoons, some glitter, and fellow princesses. Further instructions (along with an adorable story) can be found here: HOW TO BREAK A RULE AND GET MESSY WITH YOUR DAUGHTER


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Messy Twister is definitely a game to play outside. All you need for this game is a game of Twister and  some extra paint to match the colors: red, blue, yellow, and green. Try it!

We hope you like these activities and if you know any, we would love to hear them!

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