First we sorted the clothes into categories, and then I showed the girls how to fold different types of items:
E didn't want to play the sock game at all because she was sitting in Baby H's carseat pretending to be a baby. It brought tears to my eyes to see what a big girl she looks like in the chair that we used to bring her home from the hospital as a 4-lbs preemie only 2.5 years ago. How quickly they grow!
The good time we had with laundry reminded me that kids' activities don't always have to be complicated or pre-planned... there is fun (and learning) in even the simple everyday things.
Oh, and I'd love to say this activity helped me get something done around the house. But, alas, after the clothes were folded, the kids decided it would be fun to throw them back into the laundry basket and then engage in other miscellaneous mess-creating activities around my bedroom...