Laundry Day Fun!


While I was tackling the laundry this afternoon, Emily did some of her own. Somehow her laundry was a lot more fun than mine! Special thanks to Elise of Inspiration Surrounds… Creativity Abounds for reminding me of this fabulous activity. When I was a little girl, our family gave my cousin a play laundry set much like this one, and she absolutely loved it! Emily also enjoyed hers very much!

We gathered items we already had around the house: some buckets, clothes pins, a few yards of laundry line, a tiny version of a laundry basket, and a box of play laundry soap made from an empty Jell-O box. I sewed a small drawstring bag to keep the line, pins, and play laundry soap in. I stamped the words “wash day” on it using a fabric-safe ink pad. We used bubble bath instead of laundry detergent, and it worked very well!
This was so much fun, and kept Emily well occupied while I got my own laundry done!



She was so proud of herself, and she keeps going outside to see if her laundry has dried yet!
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Comments

  1. Ok, never ever would have thought of this, but I LOVE this idea. It is so cute, creative and turns a life-skills lesson into play. Now if I could just make our stuff look as cute as yours does!

  2. Fotos Fiesta Paciv says:

    I just looooooove your blog!!! Easy, fun and educational stuff for kids and mommys too. :)
    Thanks!

  3. That is a great idea. I wish I could hang my own laundry out to dry.

  4. Val in the Rose Garden says:

    Wonderful idea! Even the oldest likes to rinse out laundry like that. :) Speaking of laundry… mine is threatening to take over the house. Best get on that. ;)

    Val

  5. Stephanie Griffith says:

    Excellent idea! Put those kids to work. LOL.

  6. EntertainingMom says:

    i love it!!!

  7. That is so cute!

  8. That is so fabulous! I think I wanna come over to your house and watch her do stuff. Nope, I don't want to bring my kids; I just want to watch you two in action. You amaze me. She looks like she's having so much fun.

  9. Mrs. Wright says:

    You always have the greatest ideas! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the world :P If my kids knew where I got all 'my' good ideas they'd thank you!

  10. I just love your blog and your ideas, I learn alot of stuff from your blog to do with my Lu … Thanks for letting us know all your super mommy secrets!

  11. @ Ivy — This activity brought back such great memories for me, and Emily loves playing with water so it was a real winner! I would have loved to have one of those old washboards for this, but sadly we don't have one. Fortunately, she had a lot of fun regardless!

    @ Fotos Fiesta — You're very welcome, and thanks for reading and stopping by! Comments like yours just make my day!! :-)

  12. @ Petula — You are so funny!!!

    @ Mrs. Wright — Don't worry, your secret is safe with me! It makes me so happy that you do similar activities with your kids… that is so awesome! I love that!!

    @ Sherry — Oh, I am loving your blog too! You and Lu do such wonderful things together. I need to get over there and find out how your wedding/honeymoon went. I can't wait to read about it!

  13. Mom and Kiddo says:

    This post does nothing for my constant struggle against "yard-envy!" I want a clothes line so much!

  14. I like this idea so much! I think I'll try to make a laundry set for my little boy, in order to have some time to do my home-works.
    Thank you!

  15. That is such an awesome idea! Once a history museum near us had a washboard, wringer and washtub display that kids could use, and Little Bear and Monkeyboy spent about an hour doing laundry!

  16. Lenetta @ Nettacow says:

    Love this! Linked to it here! (You got a lotta love from me this week :>))

  17. This is wonderful! You made such a lovely laundry set. Sunnyboy has his own washing line and peg bag but I never thought to give him a bowl and laundry soap as well. We shall do this is the spring. :)

  18. That is adorable Valerie! Where did you find the laundry soap image?

  19. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says:

    @ Tammy — Thanks so much! I think I did a search for "laundry soap clip art", and it came up. If you can't find the exact image I used, I'm sure you can find one that is similar. I also filled the box with beans so it makes noise when Emily shakes it.