|Downton Abbey, eat your heart out.|
While shoe polishing is part of "Care of the Self," silver polishing is part of the "Care of the Environment" works under the Practical Life umbrella. One compelling thing about this work is the satisfaction a child can take in seeing a gross, darkened piece of silver be transformed by their own work into a shiny, reflective piece of bling bling!
|Be sure to show off the tarnish!|
|Cotton-tipped swabs can be used instead of cloths for the application if you prefer.|
|A recent estate sale had several cheap pieces in terrible shape, which made polishing all the more satisfying!|
|We make a big deal about counting to 10 before wiping off the cream (toddlers love drama and suspense).|
|I put together a polishing set with baskets from Old Market, color coordinated cloths and an apron, cotton balls and Q-tips for the children who prefer those, and polish (from a Montessori catalog) that is less smelly and harsh than the kind at our local stores. For more on making the cloths, see this post on saving money.|
|If your digital camera is handy, take "before" and "after" photos of your work.|
|Maybe throw in a free science lesson to explain the upside-down reflection?|
|"Ooohing" and "Aahhing" is a critical step in this work.|
To see some presentations on silver polishing, check out these posts.