As parents it's easy to forget how much fun getting messy once was. When we see our younguins playing in mud, our first instinct is typically to try to intervene. But we shouldn't. Sure you might catch a few side-eyes from the Sanctimommies at the playground, but studies have consistently shown that playing in dirt has many health and psychological benefits. In fact, a recent study revealed that certain types of bacteria commonly found in soil activates the neurons in your brain that produce serotonin, the mood regulator of the body.
So, let your kids get messy! It's literally good for their health. It took me a while to build up the courage to just allow Little J to have good, dirty fun, but now that I've backed off a bit, I'm finding that I'm enjoying making messy memories with her. Besides, now that I've switched to using all® Fresh Clean Essentials, I can finally kick back and enjoy watching Little J make get messy without fretting about how hard I'm going to have to scrub to remove those mud/ and or paint stains. all® Fresh Clean Essentials provides a powerful clean without the typical harshness found in other detergents.
Since Little J has sensitive skin, finding sulfate free detergents has always been a bit of a struggle, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all® Fresh Clean Essentials is sulfate free and still provides a powerful, deep down clean without removing the color from her clothing. In mommy terms, that means winning!
So if you're looking for some fun (and messy) ways to helps your little ones beat the indoor blues, check out my list below and make sure you've got your all® Fresh Clean Essentials at the ready to handle the mess!
This is one of Little J's favorite pastimes and involves very little supplies. Basically, all you'll need is a round rock or two, paint, paintbrushes, and a colorful imagination.
- Select your rock.
- Lay out your paint
- Hand the paintbrush to your toddler
- Step back
- And let the fun commence.
- If you're feeling extra bold, put some paint in a bottle with 1/2 cup of water and let them spray paint their rocks.
- When your toddler is done, take the rocks and place in a warm and sunny location for at least 2 hours to allow rocks to dry.
- Decloth toddler and toss contaminated clothing into washer along with detergent
- Read and follow instructions on your bottle of all® Fresh Clean Essentials
- Admire your toddlers handy artwork and bring rocks to your office to showcase how talented your little one is!
Be sure to stop by and visit the lovely Crystal of Growing a Jeweled Rose for a full tutorial for this awesomely fun sunny day project!
Be sure to stop by and visit the lovely Tara of We Got Real for a full tutorial for this creative and messy outdoor project!
Be sure to stop by and visit the lovely Kim of Roadkill Rescue for a full tutorial for this wet and wild project!
Be sure to stop by and visit the lovely Jenn of Clean and Scentsible for the full tutorial for this awesome outdoor natural scavenger hunt tutorial and printable!
Be sure to stop by and visit WonderfulDIY.com for the full tutorial for this awesome outdoor natural scavenger hunt tutorial and printable!
Be sure to stop by and visit the lovely Crystal of Growing a Jeweled Rose for a full tutorial for this awesome nighttime project!
Be sure to stop by and visit the lovely Amy of Learning and Exploring Through Play for a full tutorial for this awesome nighttime project!
Be sure to stop by and visit Kids Activity Blog for the tutorial on how to make these messy and colorful paint bombs!
Check out B-Inspired Mama for the lowdown on this ooey gooey, delicious pie.
You'll want to check out this simple and amazing project-- Erupting Ice Chalk by Allison of Learn Play Imagine.
Stop by and visit Growing a Jeweled Rose AGAIN for this super easy outdoor craft for your toddlers and preschoolers!
No blender, no problem! Go visit Lorie of Reading Confetti for a super cool tutorial on how to create a Blender Free Slushie
Talk about saving the best for last. Don't walk, run to Momfluential to check out this amazingly awesome tutorial for a Kiddie Car Wash!