Kids want to help out and do things independently, especially small children who are learning to pour, stir and do other grown-up activities in the kitchen. Your dishwasher can help you minimise the mess of their early motor-skill mishaps.
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You'd be hard pressed to find a parent who hasn't come into the kitchen right in the middle of their child picking up a freshly uncapped jug of orange juice or milk by the bottom of the jug and upending it right onto their cup as though pouring merely required dropping a litre of milk right onto the cup. Cleanup for such expeditions in independence can be quite a hassle. An easy way to allow a child to experiment with pouring, mixing, and other messy kitchen activities — without having to spend a half hour cleaning up! — is to use the dishwasher door as a toddler-friendly prep area. A reader at the kid-centric blog Parent Hacks explains:
I stumbled across this idea by accident this week when my four year-old wanted to help with the cooking. She's kind of a wild stirrer and flour has a tendency to end up all over so I was feeling resistant to having her help. The dishwasher happened to be open and I got the idea to just set to bowl on top of the open dishwasher door. It was just the right height for her to help add ingredients and stir, and the pile of flour and sugar that usually ends up on the counter ended up on the dishwasher instead, making clean up as easy as closing the door :) It was definitely one of those "how did it take me so long to think of this?!" sort of moments.
Indeed, it is an extremely clever way to let little ones help, make a mess, and not worry about the hassle of cleanup. Have your own clever parenting hack? Let's hear about it in the comments.
[via Boing Boing]