We Play Washing Dishes.

July 20, 2010

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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Pixie July 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

great idea!!!

Colleen - Sunrise Learning Lab July 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Looks like dish washing was a hit!
Mine love to help wash dishes, too. Found your blog thru the We play link ups.
hope you will come say hi on my blog, too.
:) Colleen

Goose Trap July 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

You are evil Kate, mo wonder we like you

Little Wonders' Days July 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Score one for Mom!! Now if we could just get them to think that doing the laundry was fun:)

Lori @ RRSAHM July 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Hehe why haven’t I thought of this before? Must try it…

amandab July 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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

joyce:waddleeahchaa.com July 21, 2010 at 12:30 am

I am all about keeping it simple. The children usually do better when things a easy and the clean up is easy too! Thanks for sharing. :)

Mom and Kiddo July 21, 2010 at 2:15 am

Simple is always good, esp. when it involves learning how to do chores! :)

Catherine July 21, 2010 at 9:54 am

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.

Colleen - Sunrise Learning Lab July 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

Decided to give your cool blog an award over at my blog.


Look forward to reaidn more and more of your posts.
:) Colleen

Becky July 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Love these kinds of activities, especially when a chore gets done in the mean time.

Christie July 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm

We love this one too. What a cute photo of Muski :)

Amanda July 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

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.

Erin June 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

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!

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