Project ID - TIS001267
Play Based Learning - Messy Play. Aims: Children will develop their fine/gross motor skills and develop their communication and language.

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Project offered at

Castletower School
BT43 7EN


Jenny Lazars

Student Skills

Any related discipline.

Expected Pupil Outcomes

Children will develop their fine/gross motor skills Messy play offers an amazing opportunity to develop these early motor skills, whether it’s building muscle strength and control in fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders by squishing, squashing and squeezing play dough, or developing muscle control by making marks in shaving foam, clean mud, sand mousse or paint. As well as plenty of opportunities to develop fine motor skills, messy play offers lots of ways to develop gross motor skills, many of which can be based around children’s interests. Children will develop their communication and Language Messy play allows children to work together to explore the sensory opportunities, whilst building vocabulary as they discover the specific attributes of a ‘slimy’ dinosaur swamp, or ‘crunchy’ cereals and autumn leaves. It also helps to build confidence and communication skills, as children roll car tyres to each other through paint or fill rubber gloves (with holes in) for each other in the water tray.

Expected Student Tutor Outcomes

- Build relationships with more complex pupils. - Develop a better understanding of the needs of our pupils. - A very rewarding experience for the student. - Experience of working within an SEN school.

Extra Information

Learning Intentions for children: - To develop curiosity and exploration skills. - To take risks for learning. - To develop language and communication skills. - To develop number and letter recognition. - To develop fine motor and gross motor skills. Learning Intentions for adults: - To develop an understanding of the value of messy play. - To work with other adults and develop the ability to work as a team. - To develop interpersonal and communication skills and help improve self-confidence. - To develop research and organisational skills. - To develop own initiative.

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