Custard Play

A simple, easy to set up, messy activity which is suitable and enjoyable for children of all ages.

You will need:

  • Tins of custard
  • Water tray or a deep tray
  • Tea set
  • Containers of various shapes and sizes
  • Plastic Animals


Empty the tins of custard into a water tray or smaller messy play trays. Allow the children to make a mess exploring the texture, taste and smell of the custard. Add toys to the custard for the children to play with, such as a tea set or containers of various shapes and sizes. Different toys can be added which will suit the individual children’s interests.

Older children whilst completing this activity can begin to learn about early volume and early mathematical language, such as full and empty as well as experimenting with the containers and how much each can hold for example.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Personal and Social development
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills
  • Mathematical development

One thought on “Custard Play

  1. I am going to see if i can do this in my setting and see
    whether i recommend it for children aged 2-4 yrs as know
    they will like it

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