Kids play at our jobs. They pretend to have adult jobs, to be moms and dads, to do every job and activity they see around them daily. Although we, as adults, feel like most of the chores around the house are things that only we can do, our children want to help. Just as adults need to feel like they’re making a contribution around the house, kids do as well. It is important to include your child in a few daily chores. Although many household chores aren’t appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, there are still several things that they can help with. Chores for Kids Ages 2-3 It is great to start letting kids help at this age because they actually want to. Toddlers are eager to do jobs that they see mom and dad doing. And there are a surprising amount of chores that you can assign to these little ones, as long as you’re helping. If you want a toddler to participate, you need to make it fun!
- Dusting. While you are dusting higher areas, allow your child to dust baseboards and smaller furniture. Sing a song while you’re dusting and always praise your toddler for his great work.
- Assist in making beds. At this age, your toddler may have just transitioned from a crib to a toddler or even a big kid bed. By starting this task early and repeating it daily, it helps your child to get into the habit, which will be nice for when he’s older!
- Put toys away. At the end of the day, you should not be left to do all of the picking up. If your toddler gets bored with a toy and wants to move on to something else, have him put the toy away first. It’s good to reinforce the importance of picking up after ourselves.
- Help with laundry. Have your toddler put dirty clothes into the hamper or even help with moving laundry from the washer to the dryer, etc. Toddlers might even manage some easy folding, such as washcloths.
Chores for Kids Ages 4-5 Asking kids at this age to “help” is very important. They’re a lot more capable than most of us give them credit for, but we also want to be actively participating in the job with them.
- Set the table. As long as you’re supervising, allow your child to put plates, napkins, and silverware on the table before dinnertime. This also will give you a chance to teach your child the correct order for silverware.
- Feed the pet(s). Especially if the pet was a gift to the child, this is a great way to teach them to be responsible for their possessions.
- Use handheld vacuum. If you’re vacuuming, help your child to feel like he’s in on the action by giving him a handheld vacuum to pick up crumbs.
- Empty small trash cans.
- Water plants or pull weeds. Children love to play outside and get dirty anyways. Why not recruit some help in the garden?
- Sweep floors.
- Unload utensils from the dishwasher. Your child can even help to load and unload plasticware or small plates from the dishwasher as well!
- Make bed. At this age, your child should be able to make his bed all on his own!
We don’t give our children enough credit sometimes, but there are a number of things that they can help us with! Assigning chores is great for teaching practical skills to preschoolers and toddlers alike.