Making a mess in a good cause

November 25 2016

TODDLERS and babies did their bit for Children in Need – all by having a really messy time. Lynsey Abbott runs Splat messy play sessions every week in Hengrove, where she raised money for the BBC appeal by selling home-made play-dough and cakes.

Parents and children at the Splatt session in Hengrove

Pictured: Children and their parents enjoying the Children In Need playday, with Splatt co-ordinator Lynsey Abbott, centre

Making a mess in a good cause

Her sessions allow children to explore new sensations without parents worrying about making a mess. They play with play-dough, all kinds of food, balloons and paint – all non-toxic.

“You couldn’t do this at home,” said Lynsey, “you can’t just let them play with paint! This is a way for them to explore different kinds of foods and experience different textures.”

The group at Hengrove community centre is the only one in the area, but Lynsey is keen to open more. If you would like to see a Splat session in South Bristol, email