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Dirt Is Good

We know how important messy play is for little ones – every stain is a sign of them learning and growing. That’s why we say that dirt is good, from muddy splashes to sticky food stains – they’re all part of how children learn through play and explore the world around them.

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Four reasons to encourage messy play

There’s no doubt that school plays a vital role in a child’s education, but there’s no substitute for the things they can learn by getting out and doing their own thing. One of the key benefits of messy play is the way it engages all of your child’s senses, helping them to learn about the world first-hand.

Messy play for children often involves getting them outdoors, running around and playing games – and that’s not just fun, it’s good for them, too. According to experts, our children should be physically active for at least one hour a day. Encouraging them to move their bodies and get messy in play is a great way to ensure they grow into active adults.

If your children are playing outside, they’ll meet other kids and get the chance to make friends, find new games together and bond over their shared experiences. What better way to encourage your little one’s social development?

Whether it’s painting, colouring or a water balloon fight on a hot day, unstructured, messy play is great for developing creativity in little ones. Let them create their own art, crafts and games, and even if they come back dirty, they’re sure to have been inspired by the experience. Plus, Surf excel will be there to help clean up the mess so you don’t need to worry about experiences ruining their best clothes.