We like the idea of messy play and letting our kids explore their senses. We’d just rather it wasn’t quite so, er, messy. Here are four ideas that are easy to clean up, so our own sense of sanity remains intact.

1Animal rescue You freeze small plastic animals in ice, then let the kids set them free however they like. Smashing, rubbing, melting — lots to explore and only a puddle to wipe up at the end!

2Car wash They drive cars through shaving foam in the bath. You shower it away afterwards.

3. Sand box By putting sand in a large plastic box with a lid you can whip it out and pack it away easily. Adding pebbles, shells, cars and beakers gives them plenty to explore.

We’d love to hear your messy play ideas. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @5minutefun.

Article written by Sara Conway