Truck Wash Time!

I spend a lot of time perusing the internet for activities to keep Alex busy. Generally, somewhere in the description, the blogger will go on about how her kids played with their homemade marble ramp or gluten-free slime for hours or all afternoon. I call foul. I promote honesty in my blogging, so I promise to report truthful times in which my kid was distracted from emptying the toy box or watching another episode of Fireman Sam.

This activity is super easy to set up, and is one of Alex’s favorites. It’s one of my favorites because he’s pretty happy to entertain himself with it. I present you with the illustrious truck wash!

Easy peasy truck wash

All you need are trucks – preferably ones without electronic components, of course – a bowl of soapy water (I use Dawn dish soap but bath bubbles work, too) and one bowl of clean water for rinsing. I set this up on our deck and let Alex go to town. I can usually count on a good 15 minutes of Alex washing his trucks, which is like a goldmine of free time for me. It’s a good opportunity to get the house back to livable conditions without someone asking for a snack every 30 seconds.

Alex is nothing if not thorough in his truck rinsing.

Alex is nothing if not thorough in his truck rinsing.

This could also work well indoors. We are fans of bringing in the water table during the winter months – adding bubbles and trucks to the water table mix would be even more fun. Something absorbent to put under the water table is highly recommended, unless you think your homeowner’s insurance would cover water damage by a toddler.

In the event you don’t already have a million and one cars and trucks in your toy collection, this set gets the most use at our house. Each of the trucks have some type of moving part, which adds to the truck appeal.

We interrupt this truck wash for a phone call from daddy.

We interrupt this truck wash for a phone call from daddy.

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