Welcome from the Toddler Play Conference 2024!

Thank you for listening to my session on messy play!

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Here are the references from my session for your reference:

White, E. The Power of Play – A Research Summary on Play and Learning. Minnesota Children's Museum.

Butcher K., Pletcher, J. Cognitive Development and Sensory Play. December 2016. Michigan State University Extension.

Dorrell, A. Sensory Experiences Can Be Messy Fun. Early Childhood News.

MacManus-Goodwin, P. Sensory Experiences in the Early Childhood Classroom: Teachers' Use of Activities, Perceptions of Importance of Activities, and Barriers to Implementation. May 2008. Oklahoma State University.

Hartling, M. The Benefits of Messy Play. April 2017. Early Childhood Development Association.

Chiatto F, Coletta R, Aversano A, Warburton T, Forsythe L, Morabito A. Messy Play Therapy in the Treatment of Food Aversion in a Patient With Intestinal Failure: Our Experience. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2019 Mar;43(3):412-418. doi: 10.1002/jpen.1433. Epub 2018 Sep 25. PMID: 30251268.

Coulthard H, Williamson I, Palfreyman Z, Lyttle S. Evaluation of a pilot sensory play intervention to increase fruit acceptance in preschool children. Appetite. 2018 Jan 1;120:609-615. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.10.011. Epub 2017 Oct 7. PMID: 29017905.

Fraker, C., Fishbein, M., Cox, S., &Walbert, L. (2007). Food Chaining: The Proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Picky Eating, SolveFeeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet. New York, NY: Marlowe & Company.

Gascoyne, S. (2017) Patterns and attributes in vulnerable children’s messy play, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 25:2, 272 291, DOI: 10.1080/1350293X.2017.1288019