Although when she first took the colander out of the cabinet I was annoyed. I told her to put it back; I really did not feel like washing it agian. Par for the course she ignored me and pulled the bucket of toothpicks off the counter.
At that point I understood what she was doing. I changed from annoyed to proud. I'm always happy to have her do a fine motor activity such as putting toothpicks through the holes in a colander.
She did dump all the toothpicks into the floor, I was not overly happy about that. I should have made her clean it up but at that point it did not seem worth the fight. I wish I had though. I hate when I look back and realize I've missed a learning opportunity. Also who wants to pick up a ton of toothpicks off the floor when they did not make the mess? Oh well that's one of the many 'joys' of mootherhood, picking up after your children.