My stepmom (aka grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. and she also created potching.

Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your young child climb up. fill the sink with warm soapy water, plastic cups, utensils, etc. let your young child 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 amazed at how long this can occupy a person who is between two and three feet tall. He would like to “wash dishes” next to anybody who is actually washing dishes.

Alex, who introduced me through her blog, to the term “potching” says, “I can pretty much guarantee that it will make a massive 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.