Mix things up in your messy play area with TTS

A quality messy play environment provides lots of opportunities to explore the senses, experiment, develop physically and provides reasons to work together and communicate. It is also a great way for children to unlock their imaginations, as there are no prescriptive end goals making it an open-ended way to play and learn.

As many practitioners know, the word messy can sound negative, but being advocates for messy play is important because of the profound influence it can have on a childs cognitive and creative development.

TTS Group Ltd, supplier of high quality educational resources to schools and Early Years settings, have a great range of resources to mix things up in your messy play area. Mud kitchens are very popular, try using the Triple Treasure Table (EY06044), £199.95, for measuring, mixing and pouring. Use mud, water, natural materials and gloop to conjure up concoctions and encourage mathematical role play. Complete with three strong, rubber trays which can be removed to make wooden container areas for filling with leaves, twigs, fir cones and all manner of resources for children to select from.

Younger children may want to experiment, stirring and adding water, rocks and other natural items  try the Big Naturals Collection (EY04286), £47.95, a beautiful set of large natural items that is guaranteed to enthral children. Packed with intriguing large items such as the lingzhi and fragrant limes, this great collection consists of a varied range of exotic and native items. Use the Metal Sand and Water Set (EY04518), £34.95, a durable and visually appealing 14 piece set that is perfect for sand, water and other messy materials. Perfect for creating mud pies  you could even make them look pretty with flowers or introduce dried food such as pasta, lentils and rice.

Children will love to empty and fill with the beautifully crafted Wooden Bowls (EY05058). Priced at £39.95, this trio of bowls in three different sizes can be used with mud and other messy materials to create marvellous mixtures. Along with Wooden Spoons (EY02749), a set of 12 spoons and scoops made from wood, children can stir up some fun in the messy play area.

To receive a copy of the 2015 Early Years Catalogue call TTS on 0800 318 686 or for further information please visit www.tts-shopping.com/earlyyears

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