You’ll find that your toddlers are always curious about what you are doing around the house, and they want to start helping out. Try as they might, the help they provide doesn’t always get the job done. But there are plenty of toddler-friendly house that can make a big impact around the house, and also help your little one feel proud and confident in their ability to help mommy and daddy.
With the right approach, you can make a toddler chore list without it seeming like chores are a negative thing. Certain household chores can also help develop fine motor skills, and a sense of responsibility at a young age.
Stirring can be a good “chore” for preschoolers. Next time you’re making breakfast or baking a cake, let your little one stir the batter. You can move on to the next step and prepare something else while your toddler is helping out.
Sorting laundry is something that toddlers can actually be pretty helpful with, and they have fun doing it. They can match socks, and sort clean clothes into piles based on who the clothes belong to. You can have some fun with this “chore.” Work on education and skills by sorting clothes by color, type, owner, or other categories.
“Yard work” is good chore for toddlers. They love to pick things, such as fruits or vegetables in your garden, or even weeds. You can also have them water your flowers and plants. Explaining to them that it’s important for flowers to have water in order to stay alive can give them a sense of accomplishment and pride that they are truly helping. You can even buy them their own kid’s watering can.
Dusting, sweeping, or vacuuming may be something that you dread, but can be fun for toddlers. Letting a toddler wipe all the surfaces in the room can seem like such a big help to your little one, and although you may have to go back and re-visit the surfaces, every little bit that they get helps. Same with vacuuming. Every little bit that they get is less that you have to go back and get later.
Next time your preschooler asks to help out around the house, let them. If you’re trying to get your toddler to help with chores around the house more, don’t approach it with you NEED help with something. That can give them a negative reaction to chores. Make it seem like it is a privilege to help out with daily household chores. They’ll want to pitch in, and everyone is happy!
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