Jobe Mather, Isabel Bourke, Luke Bennett and Tobias Mather. Photo: BRENDAN McCARTHY

Children from all over Greater Bendigo will be enjoying getting dirty, sticky, wet and generally messy at the Bendigo Community Toy Library’s Messy Play Day on Saturday.

In its third year, the now annual and free community-run event is open to all members and non-members and will be held at the Spring Gully site from 9.30am to noon.

The popular event will have around a dozen different activities across the morning, with the ever-favourite activities of coloured spaghetti and spray painting returning, as well as new activities such as ice-chipping, water-bead sensory balls, clay and much more.

Library president Brooke Bennett said there are so many benefits of messy play.

“It is a tactile experience that stimulates children’s senses and assists in developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills,” Mrs Bennett said.

“Children are active learners and messy play makes it fun, and of course it’s even more fun for the parents and carers when the mess isn’t being created at home.

“The day is also a great opportunity for families to see the wide range of toys we have for borrowing, so please come and enjoy the day with us.”

A 12 month membership to the toy library starts at $35 per family. Families joining the library on the day will receive a special membership offer of 18 months for the price of 12 months.

The Bendigo Community Toy Library is on the corner of Spring Gully Road and Kendall Street, Spring Gully, visit www.bendigotoylibrary.org.au or phone 0439 504 857.