This is the time of the year when we can be stuck at home with the kids trying to think of something to do to entertain them. Messy play is always a great idea as kids usually love that! Anything to do with getting dirty or messy is our kids’ favourite play, LOL! The problem is that if you don’t have anywhere convenient to do these kind of activites (such as a garden if you live in a flat), it can put you off doing this. Of course being able to clean up all the mess with wipes makes it easier to have messy play. If you know you can clean up all the mess with wipes in 10 minutes, the messy play starts to be a much more approachable idea, LOL!
I’m always aware of what a messy activity at home could mean and I’m always worried that my girls will dirty our living room furniture as there is no other suitable place. Yes I know it is not ideal but that is what we have. When Jonhson’s approached me and asked if I would like to do a Messy Play Challenge, I thought, “Mmm, I’m not sure if I would like to do that. Will it be too much mess to clean and tidy up afterwards?”. However, after thinking about it again I thought, “Why not? Let’s do the challenge and see what happens”.
Johnson’s Baby asked me to have a messy play at home using a special “messy play pack” which included paints and a canvas so we can create a ‘messy work of art’. They also included 2 samples of their new baby wipes that we could use to clean up all the mess that my girls made. It all sounded scary but I accepted the challenge anyway.
When the pack arrived it contained the following items:
- Poster Paint
- Stretched Canvas
The samples of their new wipes that we received were:
Johnson’s Extra Sensitive Baby Wipes which are clinically proven to be safe as water on newborn skin. Free from alcohol, soap and fragrance, the wipes are suitable for even the most delicate and sensitive skin.
And Johnson’s Gentle All Over Baby Wipes effectively clean everything from wet bottoms to sticky fingers and delicate faces.
Both wipes have been formulated to minimise the risk of allergies. Both have a No More Tears formulation with the Johnson’s lotion consisting of 97% pure water. They have a brand new dispensing system which now dispense one wipe at a time. The new dispensing system ensures one wipe per pull, cutting down on waste so the packs last longer. Another of the new feature highlights is the rigid lid which allows for one-handed easy opening, making it easier for those on-the-go moments when your hands are full and all you need is one wipe. These newly designed compact packs fit perfectly into a changing bag or handbag! How great is that?
This new system is fantastic as it makes it much easier to use and is also quicker when you need to grab a wipe and great for cleaning during messy play, anything messy in general or when changing the baby nappies. I was very happy to have both wipes to use after this activity.
I left everything ready for my girls to go wild. I put a huge playmat underneath the messy pack. I put aprons on both of them and then let them freely explore. Of course I was there watching closely but I was very curious to see what they would do. They started very well, painting on the canvas. I was even thinking “Oh how nice, they are not being that bad and they are using the canvas to paint”.
They were starting some nice ideas to paint on the canvas and were enjoying choosing from so many different colours. The colours that came with the set were fab. There was some gold and silver which had what looked like glitter added to it. Sienna loved these colours the best.
Well, this nice moment only lasted for 15 minutes because after that the little one thought that painting her feet would be much more interesting than painting the canvas. So something that was supposed to be a nice painting activity become THE BIGGEST MESS EVER!
Oh my God, they didn’t just painted their feet but their hands and all their legs too. Bella who is 6 years old, and supposedly the older more responsible one, was in fact the leader of the mess. She was the messiest of them both! Not least because she decided to paint all of her leg with the deepest darkest red paint! She could have chosen any colour but she decided that red was going to be the best option. It looked like she has cut her leg and was bleeding, which made it not just a normal mess, but a completely horrendous messy, LOL!
I missed taking a photo of her leg completely red as I was starting to worry that she would paint all of her body so I was nearby with the wipes on hand just in case. I’m now laughing because of course these things only happen to me. Thankfully we had the wipes. When they finished they began the job of cleaning it all up. I must admit that I was very impressed with the wipes. They did clean a lot of the mess but there was a moment when I just had to carry them directly to the bathroom to finish cleaning them up. I knew that this was going to happen!
I then came back to the area where they had been playing and finished cleaning up with the wipes. It all ended up clean after all and the wipes were super easy to use. With the new system I was able to easily pull one wipe at a time so I didn’t waste them at all. I was very impressed with this.
Bella cleaning her leg. She was doing a good job I think. Almost gone.
I must admit that I haven’t used Johnson’s wipes because of this reason. They were not as easy to use before and I used to waste a lot of them. I definitely like a hard lid and for that reason I didn’t buy them but now they have relaunched with this, I will most certainly be buying them again.
The final art work was actually better than I thought, LOL! They did a very good job. I have put the painting in their bedroom for them to look at every day to remember this day that was actually a lot of fun!
Thanks so much to Johnson’s for sending us this messy pack. We really love the wipes and we also had so much fun!
What do you think of Johson’s new wipes? Do you like their new dispensing system? Have you tried them? Do you like doing messy play at home? Do you also use wipes to clean up the mess? Please leave a comment below as I would love to hear what you think.
*Disclaimer: I received this “messy pack” together with 2 samples of wipes in exchange for a blog post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Tracey Bowden says
Haha aww brilliant it looks like they had great fun! I must admit I never buy wipes unless they have a more solid lid so it’s good to see they are noticing and addressing the one wipe at a time issues too drives me mad that does #kcacols
Jaylan - Diapers at dawn says
Looks like they had loads of fun getting messy! I have to admit I don’t really buy Johnsons for the same reasons you’ve said , I like a hard lid that can be pushed shut, but the revamped packaging looks perfect. It’s funny that pre-children you wouldn’t have given wet wipes a second thought now I panic if I don’t have any to hand lol x #KCACOLS
Looks like they had a lot of fun. Mostly painting themselves! #kcacols
Looks like fun!
Last time we tried that our cubs ended up painting naked. Wipes were a good start but as you say, straight into the bath to finish up!