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What is Messy Play™?
Messy Play is a style of play in which children get to take the lead, explore and learn with their hands, and experience a wide variety of textures and materials. It focuses on play-based learning and allows children to learn at their own speed.
Messy Play helps build fine motor control, problem-solving skills, foundational math and science concepts, language and vocabulary, social-emotional skills, and so much more!
Messy Play Kits are STEAM* activity kits that help you provide sensory play without having to stress over the how and what. They provide all materials and instructions necessary so you can enjoy the play with your kids!
*STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, math
Educational Fun on Autopilot
KIT or BIN? It's up to you! Kits include projects and activities whereas Sensory Bins are for open-ended exploratory play.
You'll receive a new Kit or Bin every month. Getting your box in the mail each month will bring the fun to you.
Messy Play is the best way for kids to engage in sensory exploration and age-appropriate science activities at home. Have fun!
Parents Love Messy Play™
We love the kits! My son is 6, and my daughter is 4. They actually get along sharing the ingredients and they love making a mess! But it's really not that messy, everything is washable and cleans up easily. I love that it's non toxic and safe! They loved the pipettes with colors, bath fizzies, oobleck, marble painting, etc!
My 3 year old daughter received this kit for her birthday, and she had so much fun with every activity! She (mostly) patiently hatched each “baby” dinosaur from their eggs, had a great time with the volcano, and repeatedly played with the “fossil” until it was a pile of crumbs (lol!) Highly recommend! We’ve purchased other items from Messy Play but never an actual messy play kit, and it won’t be our last.
I bought this for my 2 year old, but my 8 and 10 year olds couldn't wait for their turn with the bin. They mostly loved the scoops and playing with the unique medium of split peas. The drop cloth is a must! some peas were flung about and did get on the floor, but the main mess was easy to clean up and put right back in the bin. We used a bin from Costco that I already had. Will definitely purchase again in the future.
We’ve been enjoying the messy kit subscription for about half a year. My 3 year old loves receiving the kit in the mail, and asks to do experiments as soon as the package arrives. The Dino Eggs, coffee filter color butterfly, and fizzy snowman are some of our favorites. Totally worth the mess!
This container is perfect for any messy play activity! My son knows what to expect too by keeping the mess in the same container!
I gave this as a gift to my friend’s daughters who loved it. Their favourite was the dinosaur hatching from the egg. Highly recommended!
These messy play kits are so great. My kiddos love the themes and they are great to put in our sensory table for my toddlers/ preschoolers while I am homeschooling my other kids. I highly recommend and as a fellow Californian and mom I like to support other mom and semi local businesses.
I absolutely love this activity. The packaging was easy to open and directions a breeze to follow. Messy Play Kits gives the kids something to look forward to. As a parent, Messy Play Kits are easy turn-key activities that help create many fun family memories.
My daughter loved this.... the only downside was she was sad when it was all over haha! We had enough materials to make 2 snowmen. We kept the snow "dough" in a sealed container in the fridge overnight and made snowman #2 the next day. It was fun to build a COLD snowman!
My children loved this kit! Very cool!
I love the fabric and size of the mess maker apron. My granddaughters are four and two and they recognize the colorful logo of the Messy Play Kits and loved how the apron matched.
I loved the fact that the fabric was soft and they were willing to put it on not like other aprons which have been less flexible aprons we’ve tried (which they won’t wear, like from W&S).
They really fit too!!
These were a very fun and festive addition to holiday packages for my nieces :)
Although recommended age is 3+ I gifted this to my nephew who just turned 1. I love that he can use certain pieces now and it can grow with him too. Every child should have sensory play!
My grandson love the pirate play kit. I was happy to be able to buy him something that was hands on and engaging!
My four year has spent hours scooping up treasures, hiding jewels, and drawing pictures in the “sand” of this sensory bin. When I need some uninterrupted work time, this keeps him occupied (and the combination of pirate sensory bin + engaging kids podcast on headphones = my work from home/daycare cancelled saving grace!)
Choose Your Subscription:
Messy Play Kits
DESIGNED FOR AGES 3-8
Messy Play Kits contain 3-5 activities designed around a theme. They contain science projects, art activities, and so much more. Projects inside the Kits are intended to be done with adult supervision.
Monthly Subscription: Messy Play Kits
DESIGNED FOR AGES 3-5
Sensory Bins are open-ended exploratory play. They contain a base material (like pasta or rice) plus themed toys and fine motor tools. These are re-usable and allow children to take the lead and play independently!
Monthly Subscription: Sensory Bins
You'll receive a new Kit or Bin each month. Subscriptions ship out on the 8th of each month, and you may cancel at any time.
Messy Play Kits & activities are designed to engage and sharpen your child's skills
problem-solving, cause and effect, spatial awareness
counting, shape identification, matching, timing
physical properties, chemistry, predictions, observations
using open-ended materials, building self-confidence
group problem-solving, sharing tools and space
following rules and instructions, setting up, cleaning
pre-literacy skills, learning new words for materials
pinching, poking, grasping, strengthening pencil-grasp
Each of our products comes with the background educational info, all of the materials, and detailed instructions contained right inside the box so that you don’t need to spend time researching, shopping, and testing the activities ahead of time.
Hi, I'm Robin
the maker behind Messy Play Kits.
My experience teaching preschool in one of California’s top laboratory schools inspired me to start a company to support families at home.
Kids learn best through play, but many families struggle to find the activities, recipes, materials and time to do the projects!
I created Messy Play Kits to alleviate this frustration and allow parents to enjoy the time they have with their kids. It combines my expertise in child development and sensory play with my love for all things colorful and messy (and washable!).
All my products are made by hand in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California.