It’s messy time!

A Guest Blog by Discover & Be.


Looking for a fun, interactive event for you and your children at this year’s festival?

Join the Discover & Be team for a jam-packed session of multisensory messy play, music and more! There will be a host of activities all based around the fantastic – and highly topical! – theme of trains and transport.

The session will be full of engaging and entertaining activities suitable for children from 6 months – 4 years old (although older siblings are more than welcome!):

  • Get busy in our small world cereal construction site with railway track
  • Do some super messy painting using the wheels of a car
  • Build your own train track
  • Clamber across our stepping stones, and take a crawl through the tunnel
  • Take a selfie in our Thomas the Tank Engine photobooth
  • Learn your shapes and colours as you create your own colourful train
  • Sing some terrific transport tunes
  • Hear the story of The Runaway Train by Benedict Blathwayt

All Discover & Be sessions (held weekly in Cuckfield, Scaynes Hill, Newick and Portslade) are packed with creative, hands-on learning experiences, music and movement, imaginative play and expressive messy play. Come along and join in the fun!

In the meantime, why not try out some of these fun transport-related activities at home?

If you’ve got a bit of space inside, or the weather is still being kind, grab some bubble wrap and make a fab bubble wrap runway, ideal for zooming cars, trains, any other wheeled toy you might have or, indeed, feet! Of course, the bubbles make a great noise as they’re burst all in all making it super sensory fun. Check out the instructions courtesy of Hands On As We Grow.

How about something more creative? Clare’s Little Tots website suggest attaching your pens (or crayons) to your toy cars and using them to make colourful pictures. Here’s how they do it.

If your children are into imaginative role playing an activity like this one will keep them happy: this is an airplane sensory bin (although you can adapt it to whatever toys you have at home).

Check out the instructions on the link above or just get creative with whatever is lying around at home. As you can see, this sensory pit has coloured rice and cotton wool clouds, but there are other ways of creating an activity like this:

  • How about a water based one complete with boats?
  • Or maybe a construction site equipped with diggers?
  • Here’s another example of a sensory construction site and shows how you can use bits and bobs from around the house (namely a tray from the shed and some pasta in this case!).

Finally, back to some more art and craft ideas, all based around trains:

Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to have a go at home but do come down and join in the session on the 17th September from 4-5pm. We look forward to meeting you!


Discover & Be run multisensory messy play sessions every week in Scaynes Hill (Monday), Newick (Tuesday), Cuckfield (Friday) and Portslade (Friday). Discover & Be, through their team of experienced primary school teachers and a music specialist, also offer private academic and music tuition, and organise themed parties for children. Find them online:







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