Kids love messy play, but mothers, I know, the aftermath is a pain to clean. I still have some green pain on my coffee table that refuses to go. That is why I swear by these hacks for making messy play, well, less messy to clean.
Playing with shaving foam is great for imaginative playing and sensory stimulation. The best way to contain all the foam is to use an inflatable pool in which you can put your child to play to her heart's content with the foam.
Admit it, you love to play with water beads yourself! All the glistening colours invite you to push your hands in and grab a handful. But the slippery water beads have the tendency to roll over to the most inaccessible of all places. The best way to clean it is when the beads dry and harden up. If you try to scoop up the wet water beads, you can end up smooshing it.
Kinetic sand -- every child's love! Touching and moulding kinetic sand is therapeutic. But imagine having to clean it off carpets and upholstery! The best way is to use a wide tray with raised sides, and present it to your child as their very own sand pit!
Finger painting is probably the first messy play activity you will do with your child. And that is how I got the green paint on my coffee table. The best idea is to spread a have a large plastic sheet over any surface where you let your child paint -- on the floor, coffee tables, dining table or even the hi-chair. For table-tops, cling wrap also works likewise.
Your child squeals with delight when you give them a bowl of spaghetti to play with. And you shriek when you have to pick sticky spaghetti from the furniture. Next time, give them spaghetti to play with in the bathtub. It won't stick all over the place, making it easy to scoop it out and you can give your child a bath straightaway.