I read about this activity on Flexible Parenting and my stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) did this awesome toddler activity with Julian at her house, way before it would have occurred to me.
Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, plastic cups, utensils, etc. Let your toddler pretend to make something or wash dishes. For some reason my little man likes to say he’s washing dishes. Far be it from me to inform him that washing dishes ain’t fun.
I have been surprised at how long this can occupy a person who is between two and three feet tall.
Alex, who introduced me via her blog to the term “potching” says, “I can pretty much guarantee that it will make a gigantic mess. The good news is that mess is just soapy water and wet utensils so it will eventually dry on it’s own.”
My unprofessional opinion is that if your child is walking, she is old enough to try this one.