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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Practical Life: Cleaning for Preschoolers

This is a first in a series of posts to come about practical life in the home, and chores a preschooler can do. Most preschoolers love to help clean up just like mommy and daddy do. No pretend but real life tools and tasks encourage and build independence in the child. An easy was to start is getting a sponge brush you can add cleaner to. Add half water and half white vinegar to the sponge wand. This solution will clean your bathroom, is natural, disinfecting, and non toxic. Your child can easily use the brush to clean tubs, counters, or whatever needs to be cleaned and scrubbed.

Baking soda can also be used to clean the tubs and can be fun to add water and vinegar to as it will bubble and clean your tub while still being non toxic and safe for your child as well as entertaining for your child to watch. Talk about the chemical reactions occurring, talk to your child about what they are doing, how they are helping, and what they are learning. Involve your children in your everyday tasks you might find they are more helpful than you hand thought : ).

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