We got kitted out to play in the garden so that I could clean out his Tuff Spot Tray (affiliate link) before doing an art activity. However, I came out to find Adam had got some cars and was playing in the Tuff Spot already. So I seized the opportunity to do some messy play with him and delayed the art activity until tomorrow.
The great thing about organising all your play resources and having a vague idea about future activities was that I could run indoors, grab the items and be playing within a couple of minutes.
I squeezed the shaving foam across the Tuff Spot (once I had emptied the water) and put in three lots of paint. Adam already had the cars to one side and I wanted to see if he would use them, which he did!
Adam loved the activity. He actually got messy and didn’t mind at all. He used the cars to mix up the colour although I probably put the paint too far away from each to do any proper colour mixing.
I had expected Adam to focus on one car and move it around the Tuff Spot but instead he spread the cars around and each car was kept in that area.
An hour later Adam appeared to start flagging so I started cleaning up and poured water into the Tuff Spot. He then spent another half an hour cleaning his cars, playing with the sponges and splashing in the water! So afterwards there was no cleaning up involved and the Tuff Spot got an extra good clean.
If you don’t have a Tuff Spot you could use a box, water tray, shower curtain on the ground or just do the activity in the bath.
* Cheap shaving foam
* Tuff Spot Tray (affiliate link)
* Paint – we would now use Baker Ross Ready Mixed Paint (affiliate link)
Adam was 18 months old.
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