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Fun with Messy Play


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Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I: An Introduction to Messy Play. 1. Why Do Messy Play? 2. Play and Its Purpose. 3. Guidelines for Messy Play. Part II. Benefits of Messy Play. 4. Sensory Stimulation. 5. Language and Communication. 6. Social Development. 7. Motor Skills. 8. Relaxation. Part III: Practical Messy Play Ideas. 9. Dry Play. 10. Wet Play. 11. Non-messy Play. 12. Pre-writing Skills. 13. Things to Remember. Further Reading. Index.

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Squishing, squashing play time to improve coordination, communication and cognitive abilities

About the Author

Tracey Beckerleg has worked as a teacher for children with special needs for ten years, where she first began developing her approach to messy play. As a mother of five children, Tracey used messy play in her parenting. She lives in Hampshire, England, and is currently a Portage home visitor, carrying out a home-visit educational service for pre-school children with support needs.


Whether you are new to the notion of messy play, not yet convinced, or looking for additional ideas, this book will be a valuable resource. -- The Word Pool, Jill Bennett
In writing her book about messy play Tracey not only clearly outlines the important part this plays in the development of a range of skills, but also shares her wonderful enthusiasm for the activities. This was a book that I not only enjoyed reading but one which made me want to go out and use some of the ideas and have fun. -- NASEN Special
This is an easy book to use, with good illustrations of a child indulging in messy play and is recommended to practitioners and parents of all children, especiallly for children with special needs. -- Journal of the National Association of Hospital Play
The ideas are designed to be fun for children while helping to improve coordination, communicative and cognitive abilities as well as self-esteem and social skills. -- London Play e-new Updates

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