Messy play is a very tactile activity and an important one for all children, its open ended and sensory and often leads to marvellous language and descriptive vocabulary.
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Outside play is very important for young children, the fresh air the space, the risk taking, the exploring and investigating. A chance to observe wild life, flora and fauna, learn cycles of growth, study beetles, worms, how caterpillars change to butterflies. And simply use their muscles and limbs and learn the effect of activity on themselves.