Sometimes all it takes is something simple. I need to remind myself of this often especially when my mind is full of activities and projects I want to plan for the girls.
The other night I needed something for the girls to do while I was cooking. They have a tendency to get directly underfoot while I'm prepping dinner, so on nights when having their help would less than helpful, I need something to keep them occupied. This is how Lego washing was created. I set up a tray with a dish towel and gave each girl a washcloth and small bowl of water. They got right to work and loved every second of it. They washed up all the Legos they had in front of them and went back for more.
See how proud she looks! Needless to say, the mission was accomplished. I was able to cook in peace, the girls had fun and now all our Legos are squeaky clean. Sometimes simple really is better.