Why do I let my kids make a big mess? Sensory trays dumped all over the place? Toys strewn every which way? This picture gives a fairly accurate portray of what goes on around here on a daily basis, indoors.
One word: SANITY
Okay, now you are thinking, but isn't sanity more at risk when the home is messy?
Well, maybe. If the home stays messy.
You already know the benefits of free, sensory play so I won't recap all that. You already know strategies like placing towels under water or mats under paint, so I won't bore you with that.
But I will ask: Isn't 20 minutes (give or take) of a child occupied with an activity that doesn't involve whining, sibling conflict, and otherwise extremely annoying behaviors worth a trip around the living room with a vacuum?
Well? Isn't it?