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In this webinar, Sue Gascoyne explores the love it or hate it
topic of Messy Play, or ‘material engagements’ as Sue prefers to
Drawing upon research from Sue’s latest
book Messy Play in the Early Years – Learning
through Material Engagements, the webinar takes
participants on a messy play journey, covering the what and why of
messy play, exploding some myths, providing curriculum links, tips
and ideas for staff reflection.
Sue introduces the different stages of messy play, essential
equipment and the importance of meeting adults’ as well as
children’s needs in order to deliver successful and sustainable
Sue urges participants to try out different materials and
reflect on their existing provision to ensure that their physical
and emotional environment is enabling.
Using the idea of ARC as a tool for planning for and appraising
messy play interactions, a range of tried and tested ideas are
provided for minimising stresses and maximising children’s
engagement and opportunities for thinking with materials.
Sue empowers practitioners to plot their own course
through the world of material engagements and capitalise upon the
benefits of locating messy play outdoors and reaping the benefits
to executive functions and self-regulation as well as
Above all Sue urges participants to try messy play for
themselves, be it perfume making, scientific exploration or simply
enjoying the calming effects of sensory engagement.