Thursday, December 2, 2010

Activity One

This morning our activity was unloading the dishwasher!

I didn't manage to get any photos, sorry!

Franklin stepped up and wanted to help me this morning. It originally started with him wanting to play with the silverware. So, we started saying "Thank you, Franklin" all excited and taking whatever he was holding. It didn't take long for him to get the idea. He started wanting to hand us silverware all the time (with the sharps removed of course) A few months ago he moved on to wanting to help with the rest of the bottom rack. I helped him "be careful" and use both hands and now he's a really great helper! (Especially considering that Mommy is getting too big to bend over successfully!)

As he gets taller we'll move on to the top rack. 

Now, he doesn't always want to help...but we don't pressure him. After all, we want this to remain something FUN. So, when we're unloading we always ask if he wants to help and bring him in the kitchen. If he stays, cool. If he leaves, that's cool too!

The key to this activity is patience. It takes twice as long to let your toddler help. (I get handed silverware one at a time usually) So, do this one on a day when you're not rushing!

What was your activity?

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