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Help your child make their mark

Caitlin Judd

Welcome to Little Messy Learners Canberra, where we specialise in Messy Play and Mark Making classes designed to enhance early writing skills for children in the Canberra region. Each class is uniquely designed to a new theme each week, and offers your child the opportunity to play, learn and explore while learning early writing skills.

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At Little Messy Learners Canberra, we believe in the power of hands-on learning. Our classes are carefully crafted to provide a safe and stimulating environment where children can unleash their creativity through messy play and mark making activities. From finger painting and sensory bins to playdough sculpting and stamping, each session is packed with exciting experiences that encourage self-expression and discovery. Devised by a qualified primary teacher, we help children to learn early writing skills, help build muscle strength and have fun while learning.


Why do we do messy play?

Messy play isn’t just about having fun (although that’s a big part of it!). It’s also a crucial aspect of children’s development. Here’s why:

What do Classes involve?

Classes run for 45 minutes on Fridays during the school term at 9:30am and 11:00am and follow a set structure to encourage routine and some predictability for the children, this includes:

  • Welcome and introduction to the weekly theme
  • Unstructured play across the stations including;
    • Wet messy play (e.g water, slime, chia seed, tapioca pearls etc)
    • Dry messy play (e.g cereals, grains, pasta etc)
    • Playdough
    • Painting/Art Exploration
    • Fine Motor Skills
    • Colouring In
    • Gross Motor Play (using the playground equipment outside)
  • Pack Up and Goodbye


Weekly Themes and Term Dates

Term 2 will run from Friday 3 May to Friday 5 July, with no classes on Friday 24 May, the themes include:

  • Circus
  • #mumlife (Mother’s Day)
  • Garden Explorers
  • Jungle Adventure
  • Magic
  • Under The Sea
  • Fairytales
  • On The Farm
  • Winter Wonderland


Classes are bookable by the Term for $216 (prorated for 9 week term) or $27 for a casual class.



Parent Testimonials

These classes are so well organised and executed. Caitlin & her team are amazing in engaging with the kids and providing new and unique ways to develop their skills through sensory play. Nellie Hall is the perfect venue too! I’m so glad we took a chance on this new program in Canberra.



We love messy play days! Our one and three year old have a ball each session and the themes are very exciting and well thought out. Would definitely recommend.



About Caitlin

Photo of Caitlin in front of white wallWelcome to Little Messy Learners Canberra! I’m Caitlin, a passionate early-years learning enthusiast and proud mum of three. As the owner of Little Messy Learners Canberra, I’m dedicated to providing a space where children can embrace their natural curiosity and creativity without the stress for parents.

After experiencing the challenges of finding a place where my own children could truly be carefree and messy, I decided to bring Little Messy Learners to Canberra. Our play-based classes offer a safe and fun environment for your little one to explore, create, and learn, while you can sit back and enjoy watching their joyful discoveries.

One of the things I love most about Little Messy Learners is that parents join in the fun alongside their children. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with your child, other like-minded parents and build a supportive community together.

Each week, I see children grow in confidence as they dive into sensory experiences and interact with one another. And the best part? You don’t have to worry about the mess! My team and I take care of the cleanup so you can focus on enjoying the moment with your child. The Team and I all hold Working With Vulnerable People Checks and current First Aid qualifications.

Join us at Little Messy Learners and watch your little one thrive in a playful, messy, and enriching environment. We can’t wait to welcome you and your family!

Meet the Team

Amy is our Class Assistant and has been in the childcare industry for nine years, loving every minute of it! Amy loves being part of the Little Messy Learners Team as she is a lover of sensory activities that provide children with the opportunity to learn through messy play. Amy loves to watch children achieve their milestones and build strong family relationships. Amy is fully qualified in Early Years Education, holds a current WWCC and First Aid Certificate.

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Would you like to know more? Check out this beautiful article written by the Team at HerCanberra.



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