Monday, 14 September 2020

Messy play, ugh!

Hey readers,

SO the other day I thought I know what would be fun and creative on Sunday morning, pre-9am getting the paints out to some messy play. I know what you are thinking already.

I am absolutely insane because it appears that I have some sort of long term memory with forgetting all about the crappy attempts last time and all the stress it caused.

But as per usual 'mummy expectations' put on me through reading too many ideologies through social media, this sodding technological world we live in. 

I respect the fact that no one ever put a gun against my head, it is just having low self-confidence in anything and parenting I worry about everything. 

I do I am not going lie, I don't need pity it just a fact of life.

But just remind me any time I think it is a good idea to go solo with a three year with paints, just step away. 

Seriously, I appreciate art but I don't really rate a Pollock style rug, nor walls, nor table, nor sofa, nor bath, basically any fucking where the child decides to put the paint.

I am nervous wreck anyway because I am lucky enough to have a disposition to anxiety type A  personality shall we say.

Why, is it so important to paint, it consists of the child painting a grand total of five minutes whilst muggings here spends a good old forty minutes to clean up. 

I spend more time doing the work then the actual child, surely that is not right.
I will be honest I am not very good with the mess, and disorder with no logic to it. 

I REALLY, REALLY should leave this type of activity to the professional's AKA school. He has a good three hours, five times a week to lose his shit with the paint then all I need to do is bath him in the brown mess every single day and constantly add to the pile of washing.  

I am down with that, they can guide him to be an outstanding artist, teachers are trained and expert in this field, hence why they have so many teacher training days to deal with such skills.

So, the moral of the story is don't ever let your child loose with paint until they are at an age where they can clean up after themselves. I shall just embrace painting app on the table and leave the important stuff to the professionals!

What do you think about messy play? Is a dream or is it hell for you? Love to hear your thoughts in the comment section down below. 

Cheers for reading X


  1. I can't be doing with messy play at home - that's what school & nursery is for!! #MMBC

  2. Sorry, as a former early years practitioner, I love messy play #dreamteam@_karendennis

  3. Popping back #anythinggoes@_karendennis

  4. hahaha! Painting with the kids is not my idea of fun on a Sunday morning. I used to hate messy play with my girls and most of the time I left it up to them to do it at school x

  5. I cannot stand my house being messy, and the fact that I just end up cleaning up for an hour after 5 minutes of play. I wait until the weather is good before doing it out in the garden, or just let school crack on! #MMBC

  6. I like the idea but really don't want a mess in the home. #MMBC

  7. I'm with you. I remember it well. The cleaning up took longer than the actual activity! #MMBC

  8. I have to admit, your post made me laugh. My kids are older now and most of the painting and drawing is done digitally on their laptops (yah, no mess.) My way of getting around it when they were younger was to set it all up in the garden. Or if not possible then throwaway table cloths are good. I did some crafting with my son over the summer and he preferred to colour pictures with felt pens while I got stuck in with paper mache and collages. Who is the kid here!

  9. I am right there with you. It always ends up with a lot more work than fun.


  10. I go back and forth on the messy play. But I love Color Wonder. Have you ever painted with those? All the art, none of the mess. (And no, I'm not being paid to say this. ;) Your post made me smile though. Thanks for the honest sharing! :) Visiting from #anythinggoes. Have a great week!

  11. Hahahaha! I'm sorry, but this had me in stitches. Messy play is hubby's nemesis and even now, if anything remotely messy is taken out, he has to leave the room or he'll get worked up into a frenzy. I on the other hand love messy play... just not the tidying up afterwards ;-) Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeamLinky