It seems I've inadvertently written enough posts about kids and cleaning/washing that I could probably start tagging them and putting them in their own section. The reality is that I do the vast amount of cleaning around here; it's also true, however, that the chicks really do enjoy it.
A week or two ago, the chicks were crabby. Or whiny, or just...off in some way. You know what I'm talking about. I had already tried some of my other crabbiness cures--food, water, and reading stories--and I needed to get some work done around the house. I took the rocks from the rock basket, one of those lovely free sets of toys my kids pilfer from mother earth pretty much every time we go outside, and set them up in a little washing station. It was very simple--two buckets of rocks, a container of water with a drop of castile soap, and two rags.
They loved, loved, loved it. And they were quite proud of their accomplishment at the end, when their rocks looked so shiny and nice. I didn't get an after photo because I was actually managing to accomplish something around the house, shocking as that may be :).