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Themed Messy Play Activities for Every Month of the Year

My kids have always loved messy play activities and from all the parent and toddler groups I’ve visited over the years I know they’re not alone!

My kids love doing things on a theme and getting excited about what’s going on in the world so today I’m sharing themed messy play ideas for each month of the year with ideas across the seasons and with fun messy activities for kids for things like Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas too!

messy play activities for every month of the year


January – create a winter themed messy play activity that helps with literacy too with this fab letters in the snow activity from The Letters of Literacy

February – Valentine’s Day themed slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

March To me St Patricks Day is all about the rainbows and what could be more fun than making your own with these fabulous homemade bath paints from Parenting Chaos

April – This Easter sensory bin was one of my kids favourite messy play activities, the water beads are great fun to play with!

May This spring flower sensory soup is perfect for playing with in a water table outside or with lots of  plastic sheets on the floor indoors!

June Make the most of wildflowers in your garden with this fun wildflower goop that’s super easy to make.

July – If it’s sunny outside why not try this fun messy play painting activity from Coffee Cups and Crayons – painting windows using this recipe!

August – These frozen flowers look super pretty but this is a messy play activity that’s perfect for doing outside in the sun! Let your kids try and get the flowers out from the frozen cubes.

September – This acorn sensory bin from Play to Learn Preschool is great for a hands on messy play activity including nature.

October – This Halloween slime from Life is Sweeter by Design looks so inviting!

November – Parenting Chaos shares a great recipe for pumpkin scented moon sand for a fun Thanksgiving themed messy play activity

December – I love this fun festive messy play tray idea from Crafty Kids at Home with this cool Christmas tree

Love sensory play and messy play activities? Make sure you check these out too!

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themed messy play activities for every month of the year


  1. 3rd January 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Very cool post – have pinned for later too. xx

  2. 3rd January 2017 / 10:55 pm

    What a great way to bring messy play into a theme. I like the acorn one, we’ve just had a whole craft hour on acorns, they have so much potential.

  3. 5th January 2017 / 7:08 pm

    What a great round-up – I was struggle with activities but this is a great list

  4. 5th January 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Thank you for providing so many great activities!

  5. 13th January 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Love the wildflower gloop! My kids are always making potions in the garden and would love this!

  6. 28th March 2017 / 9:08 am

    Thanks for including our Messy Christmas Tree!

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