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Wash the Dishes

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Dress your preschool child in a bathing suit, and let her wash toys and plastic dishes outside.


  • Baby bathtub or large basin
  • Water
  • Miscellaneous nonbreakable household items
  • Child's toys and play dishes
  • Soap (optional)


  1. On a warm day, set a tub of water on the deck or in the backyard and fill it with plastic cups, funnels, straws, sponges, sieves, and so on.
  2. For more fun, add a little soap.
  3. Dress your child in a bathing suit and have her wash her toys or dishes.