Try this simple water play idea with your kids, get them to wash the dishes! This easy sensory play idea is quick to set up, low mess, and lots of fun!
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, and this was simple kind of day.
When Morgan asked to get out water play this afternoon, I thought about finding the plastic tub and setting up the little table with towels and various accessories, and I also thought about just saying no. It’s cold and we didn’t have long before we needed to pick the girls up from school, and I didn’t want to bother with the mess…
Then I stopped and thought for a moment.
Was there a way we could make this work for everyone?
How I could keep it simple, not go insane, and still offer him some water play?
Answer – fill the kitchen sink!
Try this Easy Water Play Idea – Washing Dishes.
Setting up this easy sensory play idea couldn’t be easier.
Put a small amount of warm soapy water in the bottom of the sink. You don’t need much water, a centimetre or two in the bottom of the sink is enough, and less water means less mess.
Add some non-breakable cutlery or crockery. We had a stack of not very dirty plastic plates and cups, so we used those, but if you don’t have kid-friendly crockery a bunch of spoons works great too.
Pop on an apron (or just accept that your child’s clothes will get wet) and pass your child the dish brush!
We used a sturdy chair as a step, and tucked a tea towel in front of the sink to catch any drips. We added another tea towel on the bench next to the sink to put the clean dishes on (a dish rack is great, but ours was full!) and one last tea towel for drying the dishes.
Morgan spent a happy half an hour washing, rewashing, stacking and drying his dishes.
My toddler got to enjoy some water play, without fuss and without too much mess, and I got the dishes washed! What a simple, easy, play idea!