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Messy play

A group of 0-1 year olds are playing with trays of spaghetti. Practitioners are on hand to support their engagement in this activity.

Good for looking at:

  • Messy play
  • Sensory play
  • Fine motor skills
  • Cognitive development
  • Effective adult support


  • What cues can you see that show what the children are interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How are the children learning?
  • Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • How do the materials provided support the children’s learning?