We’ve all purchased educational toys for our children. Things that will help teach concepts and entertain them when we can’t or are too tired of being the main source of entertainment. Well, I should have saved my money. Who knew that my child could learn so much from household appliances?
You’re thinking to yourself, “Huh?” Well, it’s a no brainer that a child can learn how to clean with a vacuum cleaner. I mean that’s what its purpose is after all. But did you know that your child could learn mechanics and manipulative skills from a vacuum cleaner? Well, I’m here to tell you they can. Shorty has learned how to attach every special attachment that our vacuum cleaners (we have three – two uprights and a hand vac) came with to the appropriate hose. He is happy to spend many happy hours matching and switching hoses with attachments. He’s developed quite a talent for this and even used to show our cleaners (before I had to get rid of them) how to properly reassemble the hoses when done using them.
Did you know your child could learn motion, shapes, colors, letters, and words from a washing machine and dryer? They can, they can! Shorty knows that the appliances themselves are squares and the door is a circle. And when in operation the clothes go round and round and round. He’ll even demonstrate this round motion with his arms if you ask. He can tell you the colors of all the lights and buttons too. He knows the power button begins with ‘p’ and the start button begins with ‘s’. The other day he stunned me with the revelation that “p-o-w-e-r spells power.” I wasn’t quite expecting him to start spelling things for me at this age but I owe his phonics skills to the washing machine. Who needs “Hooked on Phonics” just take you child in to do laundry every day and they will be spelling and reading in no time.
He can also tell you every color washer and dryer in Best Buy, Lowes, and Home Depot and which display models actually work. So, not only has he mastered colors but his memory skills have been enhanced. He has also become quite the salesman and ad agent. If you need an appliance he’ll tell you where to shop. He even has an opinion on the best vacuum cleaner. Upon learning my mother was having problems with her vacuum cleaner he promptly told her she needs a Dyson.
Conversation skills and feelings can also be worked into the appliance learning curriculum as well. Yesterday I overheard quite the rapport between our dryer and the Dyson.
Dyson: “Hello, dryer.”
Dryer: “Hello, vacuum cleaner. Are you happy today?”
Dyson: “No, I’m sad.”
Unfortunately, the conversation ended there because I couldn’t stop laughing and anyway Shorty got distracted by the thought of putting another load of dirty clothes in the washing machine. Which reminds me … the concepts of clean and dirty, wet and dry, open and closed, full and empty can also be taught using your appliances.
Parents stop wasting your money on those educational toys. Trust me, appliances will do the job just as well.