Sensory Play for Kids


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.

Open Up

You'll receive a new Kit or Bin every month. Getting your box in the mail each month will bring the fun to you. 

Get Messy

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™


Choose Your Subscription:

Messy Play Kits


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.

Messy play kit subscription contents
Monthly Subscription: Messy Play Kits

Sensory Bins


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!

Sensory Bin Subscription example
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

Fine Motor

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.


Check out some of the fun new products recently added. 

Mix things up with new sensory bin themes. Make clean up easy with an apron and drop cloth!

Mess Maker apron
NEW: Jurassic Sensory Bin
Washable Dropcloth
NEW: Rainbow Sensory Bin
NEW: Forest Sensory Bin

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.  

Robin with oobleck