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Adrian 2 years PRACTICAL LIFE 🙌🏻

Scrubbing a Table

What about scrubbing a table? Children love to mimic us, and they see us cleaning and scrubbing all the time. So, why not offer a toddler a real life activity, where he gets to exercise his gross-motor muscles, and where the activity is meaningful, practical and fun (kids love water and bubbles!) While Adrian has been washing a table since about one year old; now, his moves are more precise, more directed, more purposeful.

The prepared environment for this activity would include: a plastic container, pitcher for water, soap in a dish, scrub brush, sponge, towel for drying, and 2 containers: one to fill with clean water and one to dump dirty water once done.

As with any water activity, a child should be offered an apron. Adrian is using  this terry cloth apron set, which can be put on independently by a toddler: no fastening, tying, buttoning.

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Step 1: SCRUBBING

You will need a clean water source to wet a scrub-brush and rub the brush directly on the soap (the more soap you get on the brush, the more bubbles you will make); then scrub-scrub-scrub …

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scrub the table in a circular motion


 Step 2: SPONGING

Wipe the bubbles off using a sponge: from top to bottom // left to right, rinsing the sponge in between to get all the soap out;

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sponging off bubbles: from TOP –

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 - to BOTTOM

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 Step 3: DRYING

Dry the table with a towel;

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 Adrian actually completed the entire cycle of activity (scrubbing, sponging, drying) 4 times! since every time, while wiping the table dry with a towel, he would notice little specs of pencil marks he had missed, and he will start all over again 🙂

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 Step 4: CLEAN UP

Put away the activity (empty the dirty water, wipe clean and dry each item used).

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Adrian is checking to see that the table is completely dry.

The result: I had twenty minutes to do some household chores, while the toddler got to practice his gross-motor skills, and the activity was:

  • purposeful: he could see the result of his effort – a  clean table;
  • he felt useful –  helping with a real life activity;
  • and the process fostered his focus, concentration and attention to details …

But most importantly, it was fun!

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