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 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!
I filled the sink with a tiny amount of soapy water – you don’t need much water to have fun but less water means less mess. I dumped in some dirty plastic bowls and cups and passed Morgan an apron and the dish brush. He spent the next thirty minutes, washing, re-washing, stacking, and drying this dishes.
Morgan got to play with water, without fuss and without mess, and I got the dishes washed! Simple. Easy.