As I sat and observed the 2-4 year old pre-school kindergarten classroom I watched the kids doing their own dishes after snack time! It was amazing. The teachers set up wash and rinse tubs on a bench. One of the teachers sat next to tubs with drying towels on her lap. She would call the children up to the wash station one at time to wash and rinse their own dishes and then she would dry their hands. Each child sat quietly at the table awaiting their turn. When each child was finished they would then transition to free play. It was beautiful.