Washing Up Guide For Kids

Washing Up Guide For Kids

Of all the little jobs we ask children to do, washing up seems to be the favourite, probably because they can make the most mess with it and it involves water. Although drying up is always the least favourite.  Maybe that’s because they end up looking longingly at the water they want to be playing in!

Rory washing up
Throwback to Rory aged 3 washing up in Grandma’s kitchen

The problem with children helping or ‘helping’ to wash up is that they just grab for the things closest to the sink and wash in that order meaning the water gets dirty very quickly.  It takes a little while to learn that you need to start with the least dirtiest items and end with the dirty, greasy ones.

Longer ago than I’d like to recall, when I was taking my Pack Holiday license with my Brownies, I designed an easy to follow Washing Up Guide.  It has since seen many Rainbows, Brownies and Guides through the trials and tribulations of washing up!  We have a few of these printed off and laminated.  When it comes to washing up, we pop them next to the washing up bowls for the girls to look at as they wash up.  Of course, every now and then you end up with a beaker that’s been missed and gets washed up at the end but by and large the water stays cleaner for longer.

If you’d like to use the Washing Up Guide, you can download the free printable here:
Washing Up Guide

Washing Up Guide


If you enjoyed this post, you may find my other GirlGuiding resources useful:
Saluting Promise Craft
Nonsense Word Game
Nature Trails With Tracking Signs


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kim Carberry says:

    I think I need to show this guide to my girls. One of their jobs is to wash the dishes and sometimes they forget what order to wash things. x

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  2. This takes me straight back to my years in Brownies. I remember working for a badge and learning the order of washing up. Still do it the same way. Good for you setting your children up with this skill. #mmbc

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  3. My 7yr old son had a moment of wanting to wash up all the time and the novelty soon ran out. I will use your guide to get him motivated again fingers crossed x x


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