Children learn more about their world through play and hands-on experimentation than any other way--they are fabulous little scientists! Messy play particularly helps children create frameworks to understand their world and become faster learners in the future. Just last year, a study* was published in Developmental Science showing distinct cognitive advantages to messy play!
Engaging in messy play activities is usually easy to set up and loads of fun! If you're looking for ideas, try this Magic Rainbow Foam, Leaf Print Paintings, Fizzing Dinosaur Eggs, or a Construction Sensory Table! And, like the study suggests, you can always let your kiddos touch their food with their hands!
The problem, of course, is "What do we do with all the messy clothes after the messy play?" Fresh berries especially seem to stain well, and yet my littlest preschoolers always grab them with their fingers! Enter Biz Stain Fighter!
I was very excited when I received the opportunity to take the Biz Challenge! I had never tried it before, and now I love it!
Isn't that pretty?! The logo and colors are a new look for Biz, and to celebrate, they're giving you a $1 off coupon! Details are at the bottom of this post!
My absolute favorite thing about Biz is the smell. It may seem silly, but there are a lot of smells associated with laundry that I do not like. The smell of Biz, however, had me smiling as soon as I opened the bottle.
Biz was kind enough to include a Biz Bag for me as well. Biz is bringing back their slogan "Just put it in the Biz Bag," and I am happy to tell you about it! After messy play (or a messy meal, or a messy spill...), just pop the clothes (or bib or towel, etc!) into the Biz bag. Then, when you're ready, pre-treat everything in the Biz bag. I love this idea because it is the perfect solution to so many of my laundry items that need pre-treating, and don't get it because I just toss the clothes into the normal hamper. Stains are much harder to get out if they go through the laundry before they get treated!
And how did the pre-treating work? Here is our blueberry smeared shirt before and after:
I poured Biz onto the blueberry spots and let it sit for about 15 minutes before adding the shirt to a load of laundry. I also added half a cup of Biz to the load of laundry. Here is the shirt with Biz soaking the blueberry spots:
Did you know that Biz is the only stain fighting liquid that actually adds enzymes to their formula to fight stains like grass, milk, and baby formula? It's a brilliant idea, and it makes so much sense...especially for my little crew! Biz contains more stain fighting ingredients. I can't wait to try this next time the kids play in the mud, or eat spaghetti, or roll in the grass...
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Interesting reading about play:
* A study linking messy play with food and faster learning: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/desc.12147/abstract
* A discussion on play from the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children): http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/ecprofessional/Play%20references%20in%20NAEYC%20position%20statements_10%2009%20update.pdf
I may share at any of these parties!