We Play Washing Dishes.

Sometimes I go all out and set up elaborate play spaces and activities for my kids. But some days I am all about making life easy and keeping it simple. Today was an easy, simple kind of day.

When Muski asked to get out water play this afternoon, I thought for a moment about finding the plastic tub and setting up the little table with towels and various accessories…. I also thought about just saying no. It’s cold and it wasn’t long before we had to leave for school pick up… Then I stopped and thought about how we could make this work for everyone, how we could keep it simple and make it easy.

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I filled the kitchen sink with a little bit of soapy water, dumped in some dirty plastic bowls and cups etc and passed him an apron. Muski spent the next thirty minutes, washing, re-washing, stacking, and drying this dishes.

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He got to play with water, and I got the dishes washed! Simple. Easy.

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We are playing along with Childhood101′s We Play Link up again this week… Loads of great play ideas to share so go take a look!

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  1. says

    Ah yes, the “you think it’s fun, but I’m making you work” routine! For it makes for a great time for them, but it takes me forever to sort the dishes. Perhaps I should just move to all plastic and Princess can do all the dishes? :D

    I can’t believe how happy he looks! :D

  2. says

    My sons love to do this – although I’m not sure that the dishes get any cleaner. And no matter that I’ve shown him lots of times, my eldest son puts cups full of water and upright in the dishrack to drain.

  3. says

    I took some pictures of a similar thing this week except my little girl was doing her washing up at our very old kitchen sink (soon to be renovated) in her red tu-tu. I thought about saying no too but she loved it so much.

    Cute pics Kate.

  4. Erin says

    It’s amazing how long some kids will keep at this, too. My 4-year-old will stand at the sink, ‘washing’ the dishes for half an hour or more!