Did you know that there are many reasons that we should all actually encourage children to make messes? I've taken a few of these from a website called Left Brain/Craft Brain, an engineering site for young people.
* It teaches cause and effect - if I do this, then this happens.
* It ignites the senses, making vivid memories and more intense learning.
* It's about the journey. We don't always get the finished product we wanted, but that's okay.
* It inspires open-ended learning.
* It's fun.
Here are a couple pictures of today's messes:
|This picture is actually PRE-mess. Painting our valentine collection boxes today turned into a totally sensory experience.|
|The playground goes from snowy-icy mess to muddy-water mess. It's all fun, and my engineers go wild with the possibilities.|