Mummy's little kitchen hand...
His little eyes nearly popped out of his head with excitement when he saw me lift a chair into our (mini sized) kitchen for him to climb up onto and help out with the dish washing!
I am not exaggerating when I say that he must have been there, busily happy, happily busy, for 30-40 minutes, with a large pot and lid, a couple of plastic kitchen 'bits', soapy dishwashing liquid, sponge, and water!
and a little splashing and sploshing amongst soapy suds and smiles...
...And when the dishes were well and truly 'done'... quick as a flash, he decided to help himself to a spatula, and help the frozen burgers defrost!OK, so perhaps to some this make look like borderline child slave labour... but there can be so much wonderful skill development at work in a safely set up/ supervised kitchen - Hand skills, water play, sensory exploration, imaginary play and let's not forget a gloriously boosted self esteem!
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