Over the years I tried many messy tactile substances in messy play to deter C from smearing. But never found a good enough substitute! He still smears but these days it is thankfully a bit more contained. Trying to keep C’s nails clean though as he won’t let anyone cut them since he moved is very difficult. Any advice gratefully accepted!
This weekend my sister and her husband went away and I looked after my nephews J (3.5) who is Autistic and O who is just 10 months. So I put my messy play to good use. It is great for gross and fine motor skills, coordination, concentration, observation, communication and stimulation of all the senses.
J has never liked the feel grass under his feet but really enjoyed getting his feet gooey. We enjoyed pouring, scooping, grasping, transferring, catching, placing, exploring all with lots of eye contact.
And without even realizing J was soon walking on the grass! I do love being an aunt!