Today is the first day in the 5-day series here at Schooling a Monkey on no-prep totschooling activities.
If you’re like us and don’t always have time to plan an elaborate activity for the youngest members of your family then you will love our activity ideas. Our activities are all educational and or build motor skills and are beneficial for all toddlers and preschoolers.
No-Prep Totschooling Activities: Washing Dishes
My youngest daughter, Bo, is almost 3. Ever since she was about one, she has loved standing on a chair washing dishes.
She will stand there for almost an hour playing with bubbles, scooping water, pouring water from container to container, and washing the dishes with a sponge or rag. Now that she is approaching three, she is able to actually clean the dishes, which not only keeps her occupied, but it also helps me out with chores. Letting your preschooler wash dishes is pretty much a win-win.
We usually let Bo wash the dishes when she is getting in the way of Monkey’s school, climbing the table, or if she woke up too early from her nap.
- Dirty dishes
Although this is one of the no-prep totschooling activities, it does require the clearing of dangerous dishes from the toddler’s reach. I usually let Bo wash/play with plastic dishes and cups. I do not let her wash knives or breakable dishes.
You may also want to lay a towel on the floor by the toddler’s feet, as a toddler will likely splash around and spill a good portion of water on the floor. However, most toddlers also think mopping up water is fun, so you also get a clean floor with this activity. Always look on the bright side, right?