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I'm hosting a 'messy party' for a group of toddlers and pre-schoolers from our playgroup (ages 15 months-4 years). I just re-read the Mothering article and think we are set with 3 'stations' (outdoors, of course) including:<br><br>
1) flour on a tarp with bowls, scoops, sifters etc. for pouring, etc.<br><br>
2) salt clay (or some other homemade clay or playdough recipe) with food coloring; utensils to roll, mold, squish, etc.<br><br>
3) finger paint and a roll of paper; sponges, brushes, etc. to paint with<br><br>
Final station with hose, buckets, towels for clean-up. Invite would ask parents to bring towels & change of clothes.<br><br>
Has anyone else done this? Does that sound like enough? Fun for the younger toddlers as well as the pre-ks? Anything else I should be thinking about or have on-hand?<br><br>
Thanks, mamas!
 

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Also get a large bucket or tub and fill with a little bit of bubble bath and toys so the kids can clean them. Have scrubbies ready.<br><br>
If you do anything flour-related outside, make sure to clean it all up. Slugs love the stuff!<br><br>
Bubbles are always a fun addition, and paper roll spread on the ground with paint and art supplies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can you put the link to that article? This sounds FUUUUUUNNNNN!</div>
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Sure! Here it is! (For some reason, the formatting is wonky, but it's still readable):<br><a href="http://http//www.mothering.com/articles/growing_child/family_time/sams-messy-afternoon.html" target="_blank">Mothering messy party article</a>
 

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I liked the idea of noodles, angel hair, rounds, etc and bowls to sort them out.<br><br>
Or other edidles like toping cupcakes, mostly since my DS still puts evrything in is mouth so edibleis great. But food outside might invite bees outside.<br><br>
What are you going to use as the stations? Will they stand or sit or both? I was thinking of doing this as my sons second birthday party but can't quite visualize it yet.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I liked the idea of noodles, angel hair, rounds, etc and bowls to sort them out.<br><br>
Or other edidles like toping cupcakes, mostly since my DS still puts evrything in is mouth so edibleis great. But food outside might invite bees outside.<br><br>
What are you going to use as the stations? Will they stand or sit or both? I was thinking of doing this as my sons second birthday party but can't quite visualize it yet.</div>
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yeah, i wasn't sure about edibles, especially with possible food allergies and mamas not wanting their toddlers to have candies and such (only thing i could think of was decorating cookies/cupcakes/ice-cream...)<br><br>
i'm still trying to visualize the stations, too....thinking i'll try to have as few tables as possible. Maybe just one (covered) for the clay/play-dough. Kids can stand around it if it is low enough. For the flour, i'll just put a tarp on the ground. For finger-paint, was thinking of tacking down the edges of giant roll of paper with rocks or something else heavy....
 

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Sounds like great fun I was thinking about doing something similar for ds's 2nd birthday - on the roll of paper I would use tent pegs pushed into the ground - rocks are sometimes just too much of a temptation to lift up and to let go off onto toes etc - if the pegs are pushed in far enough they may not see them or at least they would be less accessible! Have a great party.
 

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What a FUN idea! Can I come? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">: for ideas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Bumping---<br><br>
I am hosting a messy party for toddlers age 14 mo-5 years old at the end of May.<br><br>
So far, we have decided to do<br><br>
*a tarp (staked down with tent stakes) with LOTS of flour and tools such as strainers, measuring cups and sandbox shovels/buckets.<br><br>
and small toddler pools filled with:<br><br>
*jello<br>
*cooked spaghetti noodles<br>
*cornstarch and water (with food coloring)<br>
*pudding<br>
*cooked oatmeal<br><br>
I am also going to do<br><br>
*a table (no chairs) with some paper taped down and finger paints.<br>
*a play tent (staked down)filled with marshmallows.<br>
*2 pools filled with water for washing off<br>
*a slip n'slide<br>
*a octopus sprinkler<br>
*water guns<br>
*a sand and water table<br>
*2 beach umbrellas for shade<br><br>
Wondering if anyone has any suggestions for what worked/didn't work for them, and wondering how it went for anyone else who has hosted a messy party?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Somehow the article won't load for me. But this sounds like so much fun!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Bumping---<br><br>
I am hosting a messy party for toddlers age 14 mo-5 years old at the end of May.<br><br>
So far, we have decided to do<br><br>
*a tarp (staked down with tent stakes) with LOTS of flour and tools such as strainers, measuring cups and sandbox shovels/buckets.<br><br>
and small toddler pools filled with:<br><br>
*jello<br>
*cooked spaghetti noodles<br>
*cornstarch and water (with food coloring)<br>
*pudding<br>
*cooked oatmeal<br><br>
I am also going to do<br><br>
*a table (no chairs) with some paper taped down and finger paints.<br>
*a play tent (staked down)filled with marshmallows.<br>
*2 pools filled with water for washing off<br>
*a slip n'slide<br>
*a octopus sprinkler<br>
*water guns<br>
*a sand and water table<br>
*2 beach umbrellas for shade<br><br>
Wondering if anyone has any suggestions for what worked/didn't work for them, and wondering how it went for anyone else who has hosted a messy party?<br><br>
Thanks!</div>
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That all sounds great! I am still interested in ideas since our messy party got rained out and will be rescheduled for sometime in June...
 

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last august, we had a Messy Party when my DD turned 3. we had: a mud pit (our sandbox, flooded with water!), body painting (tarp, paints, brushes, sponges), Tshirt painting (plain white shirts, fabric paints), a goop pit (flour, oatmeal and water inside our inflatable swimming pool) and then inside, we had our bath tub all ready to go with those cool foam spray soaps (they look like shaving cream, but it's soap) plus all sorts of bath toys to get cleaned up. then we had a pinata. we also made her a piggy cake that had chocolate pudding "mud" and gummy worms in the middle to go along with the messy theme <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
here's my blog post about the <a href="http://vegankids.blogspot.com/2006/08/messy-party.html" target="_blank">Messy Party</a>.<br><br>
it was alot of fun, and the kids had a blast! i love all your ideas too. the marshmellows in a tent sounds fun! i wish we had room outside for more of the cleaning up stations, we had to do all that inside. our goop pit was super fun, but hard to get out of long hair (so make sure anyone with long hair has it tied back!!!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">last august, we had a Messy Party when my DD turned 3. we had: a mud pit (our sandbox, flooded with water!), body painting (tarp, paints, brushes, sponges), Tshirt painting (plain white shirts, fabric paints), a goop pit (flour, oatmeal and water inside our inflatable swimming pool) and then inside, we had our bath tub all ready to go with those cool foam spray soaps (they look like shaving cream, but it's soap) plus all sorts of bath toys to get cleaned up. then we had a pinata. we also made her a piggy cake that had chocolate pudding "mud" and gummy worms in the middle to go along with the messy theme <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
here's my blog post about the <a href="http://vegankids.blogspot.com/2006/08/messy-party.html" target="_blank">Messy Party</a>.<br></div>
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Those pictures are fabulous! I think I'm looking forward to the great photo ops most! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We had our Messy Party last week. It went pretty well.<br><br>
We had a tarp with 15-20 pounds of flour and lots of sandbox toys, a playtent filled with marshmallows, tubs filled with spaghetti, corn starch and water, pudding, jell-o and dry oatmeal, 2 wading pools for washing off, a slip n'slide, and a face painting station (with face paint markers).<br><br>
Cleanup was a bit horrible. But, the kids really did have fun.<br><br>
The age group was from about 14 months-4 years old.<br><br>
IMO, the kids would have had JUST as much fun with a sandbox or sand and water table, a slip n' slide, sprinkler, water guns, water balloons, face paint (we had face paint markers and they were a BIG hit) and finger painting with pudding. (This is what we're doing for our next "Less-Messy Party")<br><br>
Here's some pics from our Messy Party: <a href="http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=2d67fc145cb4912843fc48&skin_id=0&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=email" target="_blank">http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p...m_medium=email</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We had our Messy Party last week. It went pretty well.<br><br>
We had a tarp with 15-20 pounds of flour and lots of sandbox toys, a playtent filled with marshmallows, tubs filled with spaghetti, corn starch and water, pudding, jell-o and dry oatmeal, 2 wading pools for washing off, a slip n'slide, and a face painting station (with face paint markers).<br><br>
Cleanup was a bit horrible. But, the kids really did have fun.<br><br>
The age group was from about 14 months-4 years old.<br><br>
IMO, the kids would have had JUST as much fun with a sandbox or sand and water table, a slip n' slide, sprinkler, water guns, water balloons, face paint (we had face paint markers and they were a BIG hit) and finger painting with pudding. (This is what we're doing for our next "Less-Messy Party")<br><br>
Here's some pics from our Messy Party: <a href="http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=2d67fc145cb4912843fc48&skin_id=0&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=email" target="_blank">http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p...m_medium=email</a></div>
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cute pics! Where did you get the face paint markers?<br><br>
Yeah, I'm trying to keep my party simple. Messy, but simple. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We just had our second annual messy party and had a great time. We had:<br><br>
sidewalk chalk<br>
sand & water table w/scoops, strainers, etc<br>
cornstarch/water goo (the most popular both years)<br>
bubble solution and all sorts of wands<br>
a big bowl of shaving cream (to empty our cabinet since dh quit shaving 2 years ago)<br><br>
a baby pool to swim/clean off in<br><br>
I like the idea of fingerpainting with pudding, we may have to do that next year.
 

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How much stuff do you need of some of the stuff to fill a pool? Like, how much cornstarch, jello, etc to fill a pool?<br><br>
I'dlove to do this sometime, but boy would it be a bummer to not buy enough of something!
 

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another question:<br><br>
someone mentioned slugs and the flour being tough to clean from the yard - what is the most effective way top clean it up - lot of hosing?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">another question:<br><br>
someone mentioned slugs and the flour being tough to clean from the yard - what is the most effective way top clean it up - lot of hosing?</div>
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Flour gets really yucky and gooey when it gets wet, so I always keep it separate from water. I vacuum up the dry flour with our industrial shop vac.
 

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I got the face paint markers at Hobby Lobby her in Illinois.<br><br>
On-line you can get them <a href="http://www.craftsetc.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=26396&dep=50&cat=2&subcat=50&Search=Y" target="_blank">here</a>
 
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