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Scrubbing Appliances

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From:  One day when I was cleaning the kitchen, Sweet Pea begged to help me.  I found a spray bottle and a cloth and showed her how to wipe down the appliances.


  • Cloth.
  • Spray bottle of water.


  • Show your tot how to aim the spray bottle at the refrigerator and squeeze the handle to spray it with water.
  • Demonstrate wiping all of the water off with the cloth.
  • Hand the spray bottle and cloth to your tot and set them to work.  🙂

Observations: This was a surprisingly big hit.  Sweet Pea “cleaned” my stove, dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator.  I think she would have kept going if I would have found more appliances for her.

Sweet Pea had lots of fun and believe it or not, my appliances were actually cleaner than when we started.  🙂

Sweet Pea was so proud of herself that she ran off and grabbed her camera (which she loves) to take a picture of her “super shiny fridge”

This was a great activity for us and I would highly recommend it for all tots.

Notes from the Trenches:  Tots are fickle.  The next week when I asked Sweet Pea if she was interested in scrubbing the appliances again, she said, “Mama, we just cleaned the kitchen last week!  I don’t want to do it again.”  I have to say that I agreed with her.  🙂

Rating: 4 Stars *(Fun, Easy, Independent, Frugal)

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