A mother has thrown the world’s messiest pool party for nine babies after she filled a paddling pool with baked beans for them to wade in.
Laura Carson, 27, from Stockport, Manchester, invited the group of infants to play after using the contents of 60 cans at her Little Monkeys Group.
However the pulse party wasn’t as popular as Laura had hoped with some of the babies screaming and trying to claw their way out.
Laura Carson who ran Little Monkeys Group in Stockport, held a baked bean pool party for the nine infants that attended the playgroup
She said: ‘I don’t know the idea came from, not all the group can walk and everyone does a sponsored toddle.
‘There was a lot of mess and we didn’t think about getting them out, which made even more mess.
‘There was beans everywhere and some dried ones, it took a long time to clear up and it was absolutely disgusting, the place stank.
‘The babies were covered in sauce and we gave them a bath in the kitchen. But quite a few didn’t stay in long and started screaming and clawing to get out. We got them out but couldn’t stop laughing.’
The babies had a mixed reaction but Archie Bowden (pictured) thoroughly enjoyed the experience even trying to eat the baked beans
However it wasn’t a total disaster as young members of the Little Monkeys group, based at Woodbank Community Centre, in Offerton, raised more than £300 for charity Jump Space.
Laura who runs the group, bought 60 tins and emptied them into a large paddling pool ahead of the sticky event.
Tots, including Archie Bowden and Elijah James Lownds, who at three months was the youngest, were then invited to get in for the Beany Babies event.
Laura added: ‘We have done sensory stuff with beans before but on a smaller scale and the children really liked it. Some didn’t quite enjoy it as much.
However some of the babies looked decidedly reluctant to immerse themselves in the sticky substance
‘One baby, called Archie, loved it. He was happily playing in the beans and trying to eat them and stayed in for a good 15 minutes.
The group has regularly visited Jump Space, based on Hardman Street, central Stockport, for its Friday morning toddler group so wanted to do something in return.
Laura, who is returning to work in accounts, has now stopped running Little Monkeys and this was her final event.
But it is now hoped someone else will take up the mantle after her exit, which nine babies aged three to 14 months took part in.
Jump Space is a rebound therapy centre that uses trampolines to help improve children’s movement and co-ordination, as well as running community sessions.