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Come and join the arty, crafty, messy fun! 

messy little monster about me page

Thank you for visiting Messy Little Monster®, I am so pleased to have you here! 

I love running this website and hope that there are many young children out there having fun trying some of the activities we share. 

Set up in 2014 the Messy Little Monster® website has grown considerably over the years. Originally set up as a blog to share activity ideas with friends and family I could never have dreamt it would grow as huge as it has. 

I hope that you have fun browsing the Messy Little Monster® website for fun art, craft and activity ideas to try with your children, grandchildren, children you work with or any and all children in your life!

Art and crafts for kids

Click on the categories below to browse through some of the 1000+ activity ideas on the Messy Little Monster website or visit the Messy Little Monster Shop® for a large collection of fun or educational printables.

Did you know I have written a book?! Writing this book was a real labour of love and I am so excited to share it with you. My book, 'Fun Painting Projects for Kids' is full of 60 fun painting projects for kids that are perfect for children aged 3-10. 

fun painting projects for kids book

If you have a toddler in the house or you work with toddlers you must check out my Toddler Activity Plans! These plans were written by myself when my youngest was a toddler along with 4 other talented early years educators. There is also a preschool version.

A little about me

I'm Louise, I enjoy anything arty and I absolutely LOVE being a mum to my three gorgeous children. I could maybe do without the sleepless nights and tantrums, but I do believe being a parent really is the BEST THING EVER! 

I have always enjoyed being creative as far back as I can remember, so it is amazing to be able to share this passion with my children along with thousands of 'Messy Little Monster' readers. 

I have a degree in education and art and have been teaching young children for over 15 years. I feel that it is so important to be able to teach children in a fun and creative way and I love helping my own children learn and experience new things using the same approach.

Young children are so full of enthusiasm about anything and everything and I love the look of excitement on their little faces when they discover something new. 

Through this website, I aim to share and hopefully inspire people with the arty, crafty, messy fun that we have.

Meet the family

I live in England with my husband John and our three children Harry 11, Daisy 8 and Ollie 5.  

messy little monster about page family holding new book - fun painting projects for kids.

The original 'Messy Little Monster' Harry (who is lucky enough to have a website named after him!) is now 11. As a toddler (when I set up this website) Harry just loved process art, getting messy and being creative, but he was always missing at tidy-up time! I often called him my 'messy little monster', hence the name of the website. 

Daisy is 3 years younger than Harry and my girlie girl. When she was younger anything unicorn, fairy or princess-themed had her attention in an instant! She also enjoyed setting up small worlds and making up wonderful narratives with her toy figures.

She has always loved being my little sidekick helping me to make projects to share, so you will see her in many of the videos on this website. As she has gotten older Daisy prefers working quietly on her own projects, which often involve her favourite thing, animals. 

Ollie is the youngest in the family and a cheeky little monkey who has wanted to be involved in everything from a really young age, his favourite phrase when he was little was 'me too'. He really didn't want to miss out on any of the fun, and why should he! 

As he gets older Ollie seems to be drawn toward painting projects and often heads towards the craft room asking for me to get the paints out. 

messy little monster about page

The Messy Little Monster® website is a real family project these days and we love sharing what we do. We also have several contributors who enjoy sharing the arty, crafty, messy fun they have too! 

(Image from one of the art projects in our book - Fun Painting Projects for Kids.)

If you have any crafts or activities you would like to share I LOVE seeing what people have been up to and how you have made the crafts and activities from this website your own. 

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If you would like to contact me email me at louise@messylittlemonster.com

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1 comment

  1. You are doing a wonderful job of helping me entertain my grand children...thank you for all your creative ideas....Helene'


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