The Messy Show

Season 7 | Episode 704 | Length: 27 minutes

Sensory play is any activity that stimulates a child’s sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. It is an essential part of a child’s development and it gives children the freedom to be creative. However, parents need to make peace with the fact that sensory play is usually messy – and that’s a good thing!

Our Guests

Alyssa MooreAlyssa Moore is Intermediate Unit 1’s STEM Curiculum Project Coordinator. She began her career with IU1 in 2014 after graduating from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and Biology certification for grades 7-12.


Emily BiererEmily Bierer works for the Carnegie Science Center in the Live Demonstration Theaters Department. Emily is coming up on her 5 year anniversary of being with the Science Center and has her Masters in Biology. Behind the scenes Emily works on developing new science programming for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. On stage, she conducts programs on a wide variety of science topics.


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The Messy Show Lessons

Science Activities

Cheese Making Demo


The Importance of Messy Play for Physical Development

Messy Play Is Lots Of Fun, But It’s Impact On Young Children’s Wellbeing Should Be Taken Very Seriously

What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science

PBS: Empowering Learning Through Science Exploration

PBS: Find Ways to Play: Science

How to Be Down with Messy Play and Keep Your Sanity

Cognitive Development and Sensory Play

National Science Teaching Association: Tips for Busy Parents

Increasing Science Literacy in Early Childhood

NAEYC: The Importance of Sand and Water Play

Global Family Research Project: Supporting Parents to Support Science

Science-U: Hands-on Science for Your Backyard and Beyond

Science Experiments for Kids