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!
Alyssa 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 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 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
Thomas Coram Centre for Children and Families: All About... Messy Play
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