My toddler’s favorite activity by far is cleaning! In Montessori terms this is called Practical Life Skills. Toddlers want independence and they want to help. They like to mimic you and they want to do what you are doing. As it turns out, they have a natural desire for order. Cleaning activities are perfect. They can participate in household activities that are meaningful. Here are some of B’s favorite cleaning activities (always supervised): spray bottle of water and cloth for wiping, using toothbrush to clean big shell, dishes, change the garbage, and water plants. B also likes to vacuum, change the laundry, empty the dishwasher, and help cook meals. Lots of messes but it’s total worth it!