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Have you ever wracked your brain trying to come up with a fun activity to do with your child only to come up empty-handed and sit them in front of the TV instead? Parenting is hard work, what with keeping up with the house, planning and making nutritious meals, working outside the home, it’s no wonder you can’t think of a simple activity to do with your child, your mind is constantly in a million places at once! This is where the FREE Knoala app comes in handy! It is filled with thousands of simple and fun activity prompts for children in infancy up though the preschool years. And the app is fun for parents too because you can follow your friends and see what they are doing, having fun with their kids!
Over the weekend I was having a hard time coming up with a fun activity for Caden to do, when I decided to browse the app. I came across the “Little Dishwasher” activity and thought Caden would enjoy this, he loves playing in a sink full of soapy water! When I looked to my kitchen sink full of dishes needing to be washed that sealed the deal! We would be washing dishes and having fun after his nap!
While Caden was napping I set up the afternoon’s activity. It didn’t take much, all I needed to do was move a kitchen chair over to the sink, as described in the app, and wait for him to wake up from his nap and be ready to play!
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When he was ready to play and wash dishes, we actually switched out the kitchen chair for his kitchen stool. This put him at just the right height for washing dishes! Then we filled up the sink with warm soapy water and got to work scrubbing all the cups and plates that had piled up in the morning.
As Caden played and washed, I gently instructed him on how to wash dishes. ” First we scrub the cup with a sponge in warm, soapy water, then we rinse, rinse, rinse and set it down to dry.” Not only is this a fun sensory activity for young preschoolers but it is also a practical life lesson that all children are eager to learn.
Caden really had fun with this activity! It had been a while since he played in the sink. I just stood nearby with a towel handy to wipe up any drips and enjoyed our conversation about washing dishes. And I was more than pleased that some dishes were being washed in the process! That’s a win-win for me!
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Kat Reader says
What a great idea! My twins are now 8 (and my oldest is 14) … I wish I had thought of doing something like this when they were younger to encourage little helpers! 🙂 I will definitely be checking out the app to see if any of the activities might still be appropriate for the twins (even though they are older than the recommended age range). Thanks for sharing!
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
I love the idea behind this app! My daughter loves to “wash the dishes” too (they don’t get clean, but I’ll take what I can get while I can! lol!)
What a great way to get little ones helping in the kitchen without realizing it!
Ashley Moore says
With as much as my little guy likes water, he would probably love this! Not sure I would trust him to do it correctly yet though! Maybe soon!
LOL! Yeah, those dishes still went in the dishwasher! hehe