Thursday, October 28, 2010

Car Wash

It's another rainy day in this town which means that we stayed home this morning.  I was feeling a little desperate to come up with an activity to keep Caleb occupied.  All of a sudden I thought of the perfect activity that would not only be fun for Caleb, but would also accomplish one of the chores I had been wanting to do. With all the sickness in this house, I wanted to wash Caleb's toys-- especially the ones that see a lot of action.  So... why not let him have a car wash for all of his cars and trucks?  He was definitely on board.  I laid out a couple of old towels in the kitchen and put out some soapy water for washing.  Then Caleb lined up all of his vehicles that needed to be cleaned.

One by one they all had to drive up the ramp into the soapy water.

Then they were each given a good scrub...

And finally they were driven out of the water to the parking lot on the other side for drying time.  After all of the cars were washed, Caleb decided that he wasn't quite ready to abandon the activity (and who am I kidding, I wasn't ready for him to be done either!) so I decided that they all needed to go through the rinse cycle.  So the water was changed and the game started all over again.

Should you decide to try this at home... here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • keep extra towels nearby for spills-- cause you know they're going to happen
  • use a heavier container for the water (I used a glass pan) since it will get bumped around
  • don't use too much soap or the bubbles will consume your kitchen

One day Emerson, you too will be able to get in on the action.


kelly ens said...

VERY smart :)

Janelle said...

SOOOOO going to do this!! even my 5 year old girl will love it.

Irene said...

What a great idea! You are an amazing Mom!

Anonymous said...

Caleb, those toys look very clean. Good job!

Auntie "B"

Melissa said...

Smart mommy!

Melissa said...

Smart mommy!

Trev and Rebekah said...

You are so creative. Keep giving us more ideas. I should wash Isaiah's toys way more than I do. That's a good idea and i may have to try that tomorrow to keep my son entertained.

Anonymous said...

He will have had a blast. We were just pretending this yesterday afternoon. I think it may become a regular request for Caleb.
Mom T