Messy Play Experiences Survey
My name is Sue Gascoyne and I am an author, Play Therapist, trainer and Early Years researcher. For many years messy play has interested me in my work with children, practitioners and as a Play Therapist. With this in mind the focus of my next book is on Messy Play!

For the purposes of this survey I have defined messy play as “exploratory sensory-rich play with wet, dry or in-between textured materials, with an emphasis on the process rather than an end product.”

If you would like to contribute your views, experiences and messy play ideas to my latest book please complete this questionnaire. Feel free to contact me at if you would like to share more detailed vignettes of messy play or to request a summary of the results. On behalf of children, (big and small) I'd like to thank you for your time in answering these questions. 

Sue Gascoyne
Creative Director, Play to Z

Email address *
Are you Male or Female? *
How old are you?
How comfortable are you/would you be about providing messy play in your setting or home?
Very Uncomfortable
Neither Comfortable nor Uncomfortable
Very Comfortable
What do you think are the benefits of messy play? Tick all that apply. *
Please select the top three barriers or disadvantages of providing messy play materials. *
Which, if any of these materials do you provide and/or allow for messy play'? Tick all that apply.
Sand that can be mixed with water and other material
Water for playing and experimenting with
Malleables (e.g. clay, playdough, plasticine)
Paints that can be mixed together or used for tactile play (e.g, finger, powder, poster, face paints)
Dry materials (e.g. shredded paper, packaging peanuts and other dry materials
Natural materials (e.g. soil, mud, leaves, seedpods, sticks, sawdust)
Wet materials (e.g. shaving foam, gloop, gellibaff, washing-up liquid, soap)
Dry food materials (e.g. flour, cornflour, dried rice, lentils, couscous, pasta, spices, cereals, baking soda etc)
Wet food materials (eg food colouring, tinned tomatoes, rice pudding, yogurt, custard, baked beans, food flavourings etc)
In your experience which children (gender and ages) are most likely to choose to use messy play in your setting or at home? (Please use N/A if not relevant.)
Very likely
Somewhat likely
Not applicable/unknown
0-3 year olds
4-6 year olds
7-10 year olds
11-14 year olds
In your experience how have children used messy play resources? Tick all that apply
How comfortable are you with touching and playing with messy play materials when invited by a child? (eg. immersing your hands in messy play mixtures such as sand, clay, shaving foam, playdough.)
Very uncomfortable
Neither Comfortable nor Uncomfortable
Very Comfortable
Please share a favourite messy play resource and what you like about it *
Your answer
Please share a favourite messy play activity and its benefits *
Your answer
Please give an example of messy play including what, if anything, you and/or the child discovered and learned *
Your answer
Have you seen these stages in children's messy play use?
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