THERE was no scolding from parents when children covered themselves in jelly, ice cream and shaving foam during a messy play session in Joondalup.
The sessions are run by Carramar resident Louise Couasnon, who started business Messy Tots WA two months ago.
“I’d worked in daycare for some time; I knew the benefits of messy play,” she said.
“But the feedback from parents who tried it at home was that it was all a bit too hard, they had trouble creating these environments with siblings or time constraints and so I thought about what I could do to make it easier.”
Mrs Couasnon holds one-hour play periods in Kingsley and Joondalup for children aged six months to five years.
Each has a different theme which featured balloons, a cereal and cream cake, popcorn, play dough, jelly, ice cream and cones, shaving foam and ball pools.
“Kids love to get dirty and messy and they don’t realise it’s a learning experience,” she said.
“While it’s a lot of fun, it’s an opportunity for them to really get to work, exploring the world around them both freely and safely.”
After the session, parents can bath their child and dress them in clean clothes.
“The feedback I get from parents is lovely; they won’t do something like this at home,” she said.
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces as they play with their child.”