Messy Play is designed with children’s natural curiosity in mind. It encourages a positive approach to new experiences. This builds self-confidence and self-esteem. Through messy play, children can develop concentration, problem-solving and planning skills. Working with others fosters self-respect and respect for others. It offers an outlet for feelings, experiences and thoughts. Sensory play with soapy slime is a great opportunity for children to explore and use descriptive words. Words to describe what they are experiencing, their senses and what they were feeling; slippery, slimy, soft, squishy and heavy and what it smells like, all help develop a rich vocabulary.