Wednesday 20 April 2011


Montessori Activity: Washing Dishes/Vaske Op/洗碗盘

Age: From 2 years old

Activity Duration: 5-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 3 minutes


1. To teach the child how to clean up after himself.
2. To teach process concept (requires orderly demonstration).


1. 1 basin half-filled with water
2. A few "dirty" toy dishes
3. 1 brush
4. 1 soap bottle
5. 1 towel (I recycle the diaper cloth and give it to J to dry the dishes. It is also easier for child this age to use diaper cloth than to use real towel)
6. 1 tray


1. Demonstrate to your child in an orderly manner and systematically in this sequence: by pretending to add the "soap" into the basin of water, using the brush to wash the dishes, shaking off the water, putting the cleaned dishes on the tray one-by-one and then drying them with a cloth one-by-one.

2. Encourage your child to try.


1 basin: 25 DKK (6 SGD) from Netto
1 brush: 10 DKK (2.40 SGD) from Søstrene Grene

Additional Information:

20 April 2011 - J has been showing interest in doing the dishes recently and he wanted to wash the dirty dishes in the sink, when he came home from vuggestue today. I told him that I would allow him to do so after dinner. Taking advantage of his interest, I let him play with this, which he played with gusto. J (2Y1M15D) washed and dried the dishes. I was pleasantly surprised that he followed the orderly sequence very well :-) It had been a very satisfying time for J and mommy... can't wait for the real day, when I can leave the real dishes to him, and just sit back and relax.

27.3.2012 Updates:
J (3Y22D) asked to play with washing dishes today. This time round, he was quite good at drying the dishes.

Updates 2 years later:

20 April 2014 (5Y1M15D)

From 5 Years Old

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