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5 messy things that make perfect memories with your kids

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We know – what a mad thing to be writing – but I was remembering some of the slightly more bonkers things our kids do; and suddenly realised that an awful lot of them involve messiness and tidying up.

Why not try put these 5 messy things that make perfect memories with your kids?

And I get cross with it.

Of course don’t get my wrong, there are many different kinds of mess when you have kids. For example, potty training has given us our fair share of wee and poo related mess.

Every parent has a poonami story to tell.

However, I have never really though about how important some of that mess is in helping our kids to make great memories. So next time you all have to take your carpet cleaning gear out and give them a stern talking to after that particular rite of toddler passage don’t forget what you’re actually making here….

Our best memories and play have come from the strangest of places…

1. Slime


Yep – the DREADED slime. We love it. We loathe it. We have spent many a moment wondering why we gave some to our kids as we scrub the floor repeatedly to remove it.

OR we might even be knee deep in it trying to make it, as there are some fabulous slime recipes out there…including this fabulously festive slime recipe from Imagination Tree.

Slime play is actually very good for the kids, so give yourself credit for picking a fabulous activity, whether you are making it, or its shop bought. There are loads of benefits of playing with slime including:

  • Sensory development/play for older kids, because it really is important for kids to get messy and explore everything they can. And I know this is super annoying, but… 🤣
  • Fine motor skills, it take patience to get your slime to do what you want it to, and that develops motor skills,
  • Science, making it IS science and that is perfect for young and older kids. Measure it out, mix it together and have LOADS of fun, and
  • Confidence, making it and playing with it, so it all works does wonders for self-confidence. Even if they don’t get it right first time.

2. Playdough

Yellow star shaped playdough
Credit: Nevit Wiki Commons

We love a bot of playdough here on KiddyCharts, and we even have some gorgeous playdough mats to encourage its use. Playdough is bound to make for great memories with your kids.

However – we have spent ages picking it out of the carpet, just like you. Though not before we have made a wonderful collection of weird and fabulous creatures, or eaten a gorgeous playdough dinner first though, of course.

The benefits of playdough are similar to slime – so yes, its annoying, but it IS worth it in the end.

There are so many amazing playdough based toys are well – so if your kids do like playing with it, then you will never be stuck for gifts again.

3. Sudocrem

Erm. Yep. Sorry. Can’t think of any benefits to playing with Sudocrem. It’s sticky, It’s messy, and it really isn’t that much fun to get out of anything, carpets included. Sudocream = great memories with your kids??

Last time we had to deal with it, there were barbie dolls, hair brushes, and a carpeted bathroom floor (! – don’t ask -!) involved.

It is brilliant as a barrier cream, but THAT IS WHY ITS HARD TO CLEAN OF ANYTHING.

Oops, didn’t mean to shout there.

If there is one thing I urge every parent to do is to make sure you know where your Sudocrem is at all time, otherwise…

Actually, there are benefits really – it IS fun messy play, and it takes stealth to pull it off.

Life skill, non?

So for Sudocrem – the memory is more to do with laughter after the chaos – but that’s still a lovely memory, even though it might not be what you (or indeed we) planned for….

4. Chocolate spread


We haven’t actually had to clear this up at all – I just like it, so included it so every parent reading this would have a reason to buy Nutella (other brands are available).

We have had to clear up custard though. It seems to be a rite of passage for every kid when they are weaning to get either custard or spaghetti bolognese on their faces.

Been there, done that – got the cute looking all over body bib.

5. Squashed everything

Why not try put these 5 messy things that make perfect memories with your kids?

We have had squashed raisins, satsumas, sausage rolls, and loads of other rather lovely items from picnics we have taken in doors.

There really is nothing quite like an indoor picnic with the kids. And with the unreliability of the weather here in the UK, sometimes it really is the only way.

Even when the weather is good though, sometimes an indoor picnic is just nice still. So we’ve got loads of wonderful memories involving a picnic mat, some squashed cheerios, and fruit juice stains.

We love them all.

Why not try put these 5 messy things that make perfect memories with your kids?

I think after that, it is worth remembering that for every stain on the carpet that we have to get off, there is a memory of what we have done with our kids.

And frankly, I cherish though memories an awful lot more than worrying about how long its taken me to get that stain off of any of my carpets….

What memories with your kids have you made with messy play and carpet related chaos? We would love to know.

If you are looking for a few ideas for activities for the kids, some involving mess and some more civilised, do sign up to our newsletter…

Maybe you can also check out some of these as well:

Messy play and other activities

If you want some ideas of what to do to create some fun memories with the kids, what about some of these messy play and other fun ideas for them too. You will you aren't trying to get the carpet stain out the mat for years though....!

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Why not try put these 5 messy things that make perfect memories with your kids?

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Tuesday 24th of December 2019

These stuffs are really messy, especially clay dough, but yes it really creates great memories cuz every time I saw one. I remember making mine back in the day.


Monday 23rd of December 2019

i loved getting messy when I was little, I use to have playdo but never slime!!!! this is such a fun post girly.

Scott Gombar

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Slime and Play Dough are the bain of my existence. It's on the ceiling, in the floors, under the couch cushions...everywhere.

Another one to add to this list is Kinetic Sand.


Saturday 21st of December 2019

I love the wall crayons and drawings my girls make, our walls were so dirty back then but when I remember it, I just love it, knowing my kids had a great time on their childhood.

Jasmine M

Saturday 21st of December 2019

These look great for kids.. Although I will never understand the whole slime popularity obsession. LOL Playdough will always be something great for memories! I know even as an adult I remember how much fun I had with playdough.

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