Water play: washing up

washing up play Sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be just the most fun. Little asked if she could do the washing up yesterday ‘like a grown-up’. Two minutes to set up, all for free, and it kept her busy for an hour. I think she enjoyed it so much because she was using ‘real’ adult things rather than ‘toys’: washing up liquid, our washing up bowl and one of ‘Mummy’s’ scrubbing pads.

As you can see we set her up outside so there was no need to worry about any splashes. However this has turned out to be so much fun, she’s been playing again today when it’s been rather chilly so she’s been in the kitchen. I put a big bath towel on the floor as a precautionary measure but she’s been very grown up and sensible so there’s hardly any spills.

I only wish I still found doing the dishes so much fun.

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  1. says

    My boys love water play and they always wash up after baking (even if I have to do it again), It is must more fun when the sun is shinging and they can do it outside though

  2. says

    That’s fantastic. Maybe next time you could give her some plastic cups & real cutlery to wash & she can help you with the washing up :)

  3. says

    Great play idea! I think I’d prefer to wash the dishes outside at the moment, too (lovely Autumn weather here).

  4. says

    This made me smile as just this afternoon I set Immy up on her step stool at the kitchen sink washing our dishes! Our real dishes, admittedly the easy to clean ones, whilst I did dinner prep. She had such fun.

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