Thursday, August 19, 2010

Utensil Sort (Unloading the Dishwasher)

Preschoolers can easily help put away utensils and dishes from the dishwasher (make sure to remove any knives beforehand)!

You need:
Silverware
Tray for sorting

1)  First, have your child practice sorting the silverware.  Dump out the tray and show them where the different utensils are stored.

2)  Sort the utensils. 

After practicing a few times, allow your child to empty the dishwasher utensil basket!  They can also learn to stack dishes and put cups away if you have the items stored in an easily accessible place. 

Check out this preschool-friendly kitchen, and Barbara Curtis's advice to one mom about young children unloading the dishwasher!

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2 Comments:

Blogger GianneCurry said...

Love it! Such a sweet Montessori activity.

August 26, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger Allie Z said...

I love this idea and thank you for the link to the book! My 2.5 yo son helps unload the dishwasher, although it's my 6 yo daughter's job. Ben is great at putting everything into the drawer but needs help with the correct slot. Haileigh was so frustrated last week "what on earth happened to the forks?! they are everywhere! and no, that's not a good thing" She's so silly.

August 31, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

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