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Award-Winning Educational Messy Play for Under 5s

Designed by a qualified teacher to encourage early writing skills and mark making through play..

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Book a Little Learners MESSY PLAY PARTY!

Tailored and themed to your child’s interests, we do all the set up AND clean up ALL the mess!

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The Mark Makers: Early Writing Programme

Our unique, early writing programme was devised by a qualified teacher. You can now purchase our Mark Maker Story Books and Activity book.

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Little Learners Messy Play

A Fun and Unique Mark Making Programme

Our aim is to make writing fun and encourage children to make their mark.

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The UK’s Leading Educational Messy Play Company

Little Learners is a multi award-winning children’s activity provider which offers educational messy play classes for babies to preschoolers. It was created and founded by a qualified primary teacher who designed an innovative mark making programme following the journey of four fun characters – ‘The Mark Makers‘. Children focus on one character each week at Little Learners messy play classes.

Messy play, painting, play dough, scribbling, dance and more are used to encourage children to mark make and learn early writing skills through play. Classes, parties and events are offered and Little Learners also undertake work in schools and early years settings.

At Little Learners your child will be encouraged to use hands, fingers, feet and toes to make marks which will help to strengthen their core muscles and develop their gross and fine motor skills. These skills are vital for holding and controlling a pencil and letter and number formation when they reach school age.

Our aim is to make writing fun and encourage every child to MAKE THEIR MARK!

Why choose Little Learners Messy Play?

  • Children learn to mark make through messy play in a safe, fun environment

  • We’re a multi award-winning company voted by parents as ‘Best Creative / Academic Activity’, ‘Best Party Provider’, ‘Franchisor of the Year’ and backed by Theo Paphitis!

  • Activities include messy play, paint, scribbling, play dough, motor skills activities, sensory play, singing and movement

  • We follow a fun early writing programme created by a qualified teacher

  • 5 star-rated by parents

  • We prepare children for nursery & reception and also offer our services to schools

  • Children receive an age-related profile of goals in relation to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance

  • Parents have access to on online learning journey showing their child’s progress and achievements over their term at Little Learners

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The Mark Making Programme

Mark Making is the first step towards writing. When your child starts to make scribbles, patterns and different shapes, this is ‘mark making’. It is the very first step towards writing. Your child explores, experiments and expresses themselves through the marks they make. They begin to assign meaning to their marks, which sparks creativity and exploration. Children can mark make in many different ways: pen and paper, painting, ‘messy play’ or even drawing in the sand on the beach. All of these methods provide opportunities for children to explore a range of tools too such as paintbrushes, chalks, pencils and their bodies. The benefits of mark making are huge. Your child’s fine motor skills will develop and strengthen in preparation for writing. It is our view at Little Messy Learners that the more that children have fun mark making and developing their motor skills, the more prepared and confident they will be when it comes to writing at school. In our mark making programme, our four Mark Maker characters represent the four main marks that help to form all letters, numbers, shapes and patterns: a straight line, curve, circle and a zig-zag.

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We believe life presents lots of opportunities for learning while having fun. With this in mind we also provide Little Learners’ themed parties and events!

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Meet our Team

Meet our team of franchisees across the UK. They are fully trained, have PL insurance, are DBS checked, are first aid trained and are members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

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