Sensory Activity For Kids:

Washing dishes sensory play

This is a very useful activity to clean up any dishes left over from playing outside. Or your kids can wash some of their washable toys. Either way it’s a great activity to engage kids for a while.

It just takes a sensory bin, water, scrubbers, soap and some toys to entertain your kids for a long time.

Kids get to practice life skills in this sensory bin and copy you washing dishes.

This activity is inspired by ideas from Washing dishes sensory play.

This activity is great to teach your kids:

Fine motor skills involve movement of the smaller muscle groups in your child's hands, fingers, and wrists.

Developing fine motor skills will help your child to write and prepares her for school. But it will also help your children with everyday tasks like eating, and dressing themselves.

Sensory play is play that involves all the senses - taste, sound, sight, touch and smell. Sensory play is very beneficial to children. Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain’s pathways, which lead to the child’s ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play is also very relaxing and rejuvenating to children.

Step 1

Gather all the supplies

Step 2

Fill the sensory bin or tub with soapy water and add the toys and cleaning tools

Step 3

You can fill another bin with clean water

Step 4

Supply the bin to your child and show them how to play

My kids and I really enjoyed this activity and both my kids used the brush to wash the dishes and then rinsed it in the cool water and then dried it with a dish cloth. It was a great way to clean up our deck which was scattered with dishes left from the other days pouring station.

I want to encourage my twins to be helpers and encourage them to learn life skills early on- such as washing dishes and scrubbing vegetables. Toddlers naturally want to help with everything it seems! I love that they want to help me and want to encourage them to help me!