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!
Kids Love Messy Play™
"(My kids) LOVED it… provided fun for DAYS. They are already asking when they can do it again. Definitely a win.”
”It opens scientific dialogue about chemical reactions. (My son) is a homeschooler so this is perfect for us.”
“We have really enjoyed all the boxes. With the new addition in our family they have been a lifesaver by keeping my son occupied...”
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 beans 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.