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Gloucester & Forest of Dean

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Help your child make their mark

Elinor Barrett


Lydney Messy Play & Mark Making (Nov/Dec)
Tuesday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Gloucester Messy Play & Mark Making (Nov/Dec)
Friday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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About me

Hi my name is Elinor and I live in the beautiful Forest of Dean with my husband and our 3 amazing children aged 14, 12 and 3.

I am a qualified primary school teacher and I have been teaching for 17 years. The majority of my teaching time has been spent with early years and KS1. I love working with early years and understand how important play, exploration and creativity are in early education.

I am so lucky to be a part of Little Learners and I aim to bring all my teaching knowledge, skills and experience to deliver exciting, fun filled, engaging messy play and mark making classes for you and your children.

Current Classes:

The Lydney class runs on a Tuesday at 10am -11am  at Lydney Community Centre.

The Gloucester class runs on  Friday 1pm – 2pm at Tesco Community room St Oswalds.

Current Events:

We are having a Special Christmas messy play event on Sunday 16th December 2pm -3pm at Evergreen Hall Broadwell Coleford.

We will be having Festive messy play fun and festive crafts.

Older siblings are welcome and there is a sibling discount.

What are the classes all about?

Little Learners is a wonderful way to engage young children and develop their physical skills such as core strength and coordination, as well as social and communication skills.

Enjoying messy play sessions helps to develop their early writing skills too. Each week we practise a different shaped mark. As the children practise making marks, we can start to show them how to form letters and numbers. This is great for getting them ready for school!

Classes are all mixed ages with activities to suit babies up to pre-schoolers. This means that they are great for siblings; we offer a fantastic sibling discount.

My aim is that my classes are relaxed, welcoming and fun, enabling you to spend time with your child and help them to develop skills they will need for the future. It is also a great place to chat and meet other parents.


Party Packages


We can tailor each party to your child’s interests and provide a range of resources to suit your needs and budget. The party room typically will be set up with (themed) messy trays, sensory play, painting, drawing stations & play dough. Themes could be your child’s favourite programme or interests eg: Peppa Pig, Frozen, Paw Patrol, Farm themed and many more! We can even do our very popular cake smash trays.

All you need to do is find a venue – I then bring everything required, set up your messy play party, you all have tonnes of messy play fun then I do all the cleaning!!

packages start from £100

Please email  or call 07803624733 for more information and booking.



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Reviews and Recommendations:

‘What a fabulous morning!! My toddler had so much fun getting messy and even came away with a little goodie bag thank you Elinor’    Carla 

‘Took my daughter to the Gloucester session today and she loved it … very friendly will definitely be coming back’ Ayesha

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