Houghton-le-spring Messy Play

Blackburn & Ribble Valley

Help your child make their mark



June 27th drop in
Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Blackburn (Knuzden) Messy Play and Mark Making classes June 4 week term
Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Blackburn (Salesbury) Messy Play and Mark Making classes July term (3 weeks)
Tuesday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Blackburn (Knuzden) Messy Play classes July term
Thursday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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About me

Hi, I’m Melanie and I’m the proud owner of Little Learners Blackburn and Ribble Valley.  I deliver our award winning Educational Mark Making and Messy Play classes to the Blackburn, Hyndburn, Darwen and Ribble Valley areas.

I live locally with my husband and 2 children aged 9 and 12 and I’m a qualified primary school teacher.  In my 16 year teaching career, I have taught children from age 3-11 and in every year group across the Early Years and Primary age ranges.

After seeing and hearing about the fun and educational benefits of the Little Learner’s messy play and mark making classes, I decided that I wanted to be a part of this (especially now that my own children have grown up and I no longer have an excuse to play with sand and play dough at home!)

There are so many benefits to children’s educational, physical and social development through the activities provided in messy play.  Our primary aim in our classes is to develop children’s early writing skills, from developing a strong, confident grip of mark making tools, to understanding and using the 4 basic marks that will enable children to form all letters, numbers and shapes as they grow.

Our classes enable babies and children to ‘make their mark’ in a variety of ways, enabling them to explore their sense of touch too.  Some of the products we use include foam, sand, play dough, water, spaghetti, jelly, cereals, chalk, crayon, paint and many more!  You and your child can explore a range of messy materials without the worry of it ruining the carpets at home or the cleaning up at the end!

I look forward to meeting you and your ‘little learner’ soon in our relaxed, friendly classes where parents can also meet one another to chat and share experiences about parenthood!

For Messy Play Classes Blackburn & Ribble Valley

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“My little girl loved her time at Little Learners. She was always the messiest and was encouraged to play with lots of different textures and materials! A brill opportunity for her and I to meet lots of new people. Melanie is a brilliant new asset to Little Learners. We hope to return soon! :-)”  (Rachel – Salesbury class October 2018)


“My 8 month year old loves little learners! He loves to get messy and experience the all the different textures! Definitely recommend!” (Seema – Salesbury class September 2018)


“Lots of fun! Really friendly. Well run. 2 year old loves it. Give it a go.” (Baxter – Salesbury class October 2018)


“I childmind so bring my 3 little mindees and it’s brilliant for all ages, my 4yr old loves the painting and letters, my 9mth old likes the different textures and my 1yr old just loves the mess.  Can highly recommend the class and Melanie, she is amazing with all the children” (Claire – Knuzden class November 2018)


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