I’ve not really been too good at taking Jaspy to baby classes. We’ve tried maybe 4 or 5 and the only one that he goes to religiously is Waterbabies (apart from last week when it was cancelled without us knowing … ranty blog to follow).
Me and Sarah were talking about it earlier and I think it’s because 1) I live in the middle of nowhere and the nearest class is at least 20 minutes away; and 2) because I have a lot of friends with babies of similar ages and we do a lot of home play dates.
This is fine and I know that Jaspy is still getting a lot of baby interaction and stimulation from all of the toys and activities; however I didn’t realise just how much fun an organised baby group could be.
Today at Bluestone, we went to Messy Play. It cost £7 for the hour session, which I think at home I’d think of as too pricey but oh my was it worth it! The lady who ran it was so enthusiastic and friendly it made us feel really welcome and at ease. There were 5 different stations and we could just have a free run of the place making as much mess as we wanted – which for me is not a lot haha
1) Rocket fuel – This was a chocolatey smelling mixture of paint, glitter, flour and chocolate powder. It was the first station we went to and Jaspy really enjoyed it. It took a while for him to get into it as he was sleepy and a bit cold in just his nappy but he loved it once he got stuck in!
2) Sprinkle flour – This was my least favourite and luckily one that Jaspy took no interest in. It was simply flour and sprinkles. I hate the feel of flour on my hand, anything dry and powdery like dried paint, clay, chalk … eugh it makes me cringe even thinking about! Luckily Jaspy just watched an older boy clapping it around and then we moved on!
3) Custard – This smelled delicious and I was very tempted to taste it. I probably would have done it if it hadn’t had a load of kids hands in it! It was mixed with black paint so really good for swirling… or just eating in Jaspys case!
4) Painting – The centre station had heart shaped pieces of paper with different coloured paints. Isla managed a nice handprint or two but Jaspy doesn’t like to open his fists so he just smudged a load of paint around the table and his face!
5) Moonsand – This was probably my favourite as although it was extremely sticky, it wasnt as messy as the others! It was a kind of mixture of oats, colouring and … I’m not sure what else so I’ll call it moonsand! There were different colours and Jaspy liked rolling it around with his hands.
There was also a washing station but the water got dirty really quickly and someone *cough*Isla*cough knocked it over haha. We ended up baby-wiping down a very messy Jaspy and Isla who then slept so well – all that sensory overload!
We absolutely loved messy play. Isla got well and truly stuck in, look at that gorgeous face!
We even got to meet the lovely Ellen and scrummy baby Aidan from El and Baby A.
Even though it pulled at my mess-related anxieties, it was so much fun watching Jaspy explore new textures and tastes. All of ingredients used were edible so I had no worries about Jaspy putting EVERYTHING in his mouth! I’ll definitely recreate some of the activities at home, and it’s given me a boost to find new activities both in and out of the home for us to try!
Thanks for reading,