This morning while I was nursing Parker, Avery made a bit of a mess at her art table. She ended up taking the inside ink tube of a marker out and then getting blue ink all over herself and her table. Without even thinking I helped her clean herself up and then I cleaned up her table. As I was cleaning the table, it dawned on me...why not have her clean her table herself? While I don't think she is ready for the all out out table scrubbing work, I did remember another version of table washing we did when I was an aide in a Montessori classroom. It involved shaving cream, a sponge, a towel, and a bowl of water. So, when Parker went down for her morning nap, I scraped my tot school plans and Avery and I got to work!
First, we covered the table with shaving cream and Avery spread it all around (and then played for a while of course). She was a little hesitant at first, which totally surprised me cause she usually loves shaving cream.
But then she got into it!
Once the table was good and covered, it was time to wipe it up with the sponge. She would wipe the length of the table with the sponge and then rinse it out in the bowl of water. Then she would wring it out before wiping the table again.
When all (or almost all) of the shaving cream was gone, it was time to wipe the table dry with the towel.
And then we had a nice clean table!
Avery is 31 months old