Emptying the dishwasher is a relatively new activity for E.
He started this out by just joining us when we were all working at emptying it one night.
I love this practical life activity, because it not only promotes fine motor skills and gross motor skills, is a fine sorting activity (plates goes with plates and so on) but it is a lovely opportunity to develop language skills. (this is a plate. Can you bring the plate to the cupboard… and so on)
While E usually engages in this activity to help out just like his brother and sister, at some point, I see him switch to another mode, his activity becoming this concentrated work M. Montessori often talks about. At this point, he gets out a pile of plates (or glasses or else) and he just piles and unpile them many times in a row. He does this until he has repeated the activity enough and just go onto something else.
this is an easy enough activity for a child that has:
- previously learn how to hold plates, glasses and other kitchen utensils (which is not something that is hard to learn starting at 15 months, the age of the inner force)
- that is able to pile objects one on top of the other
- that can sort object with a little guidance