They're standing on the crate in this picture, which is not very tall. Usually I give Ruthie a big captains chair to stand on. Ruthie is not a baby in her own mind, she's a big girl and wants to be treated like one. She wants to see everything that is going on above her head. Yes, anytime I'm in the kitchen cooking or doing dishes now she wants up on a chair to 'wash' some dishes herself, which mostly involves lots of water everywhere. It does make the dishes easier now that she can participate and isn't crying at my feet to be picked up. Washing dishes is one thing that is impossible to do one handed. She also gives me more incentive to keep up with the dishes and not get too big of a pile next to the sink that she could topple, break, or contains sharp knives. The interesting part in our large kitchen is trying to reach the sink around Ruthie, and often around Ruthie and Josie, and trying to put any dishes away while they're still 'washing' since their chair closes off the cupboard and drawer where many of the dishes go. Fun times with my girls.