There are so many age-appropriate options that your kids can be included in when it comes to household chores. The best part is that in doing so, they are not only building life skills, but they are also building confidence in themselves and their abilities. Also, kids simply LOVE to help. I know my daughter wanted to be involved in everything. So, we just let her when we can!
The key is starting to include them ASAP. With supervision and guidance, toddlers are so much more capable than we think. When they are given opportunities to help, they are learning so much, and they feel so proud of their hard work!
Sometimes it’s hard to let our kids help. Maybe we are in a rush or we feel something is just so much easier if we do it ourselves. I’m not saying they need to be included every time, but try to seek out opportunities for them to help. Wait until times when you have the time and patience to let them learn and take their time. Letting them help is beneficial in so many ways and is truly building life skills and important habits.
Also, if we start involving our children in chores and household tasks from a young age, we are setting the standard and routines for them as they grow. This will just become part of their life. Chores and tasks will just be part of life and something they know they are also responsible for. Developing these life skills from an early age will help to mould your child into an independent little person and more importantly into a responsible and independent adult.
Today I wanted to compile a quick list of easy ways to include your toddler in household activities. These are broken down into age-appropriate activities and ideas.
AGE-APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR TODDLERS (2-3)
- Putting clothing in the laundry basket
- Helping to load clothing into the washing machine
- Helping to put folded clothing away
- Helping to clean up toys
- Helping to unload the dishwasher
- Help to feed pets
- Help with baking or cooking (pouring ingredients into a bowl, helping to mix and stir)
- Bring their plate to the sink
- Help to set the table
- Put trash in the garbage bin
- Put recycling in the blue bin
- Help to clean up spills
AGE-APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR PRESCHOOLERS (4-5)
Everything above plus the following:
- Use a handheld Vaccum
- Help to make their bed
- Help with watering plants
- Help in the garden
- Help to keep bedroom or playroom tidy
- Matching socks and folding easier items
- Help with washing windows and mirrors
- Help to wash the car
AGE-APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOl (6-11)
Everything above plus the following:
- Help with simple meal prep (washing produce, grab ingredients)
- Wipe down counters
- Help to fold clothing
- Help to wash and dry dishes
- Help to load the dishwasher
- Make their bed unassisted
- Bring in the mail
- Start to make simple snacks (PB & J, yogurt and berries)
- Sweep floors
- Help to put groceries away
AGE-APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL (12+)
Everything above (now without help) plus the following:
- Vacuum floors
- Make more advanced snacks or simple meals
- Do their own laundry from start to finish
- Mop floors
- Clean up after pets
- Walk to dog
- Help with younger siblings
- Responsible for keeping their room tidy
- take out the trash and recycling
So there you have it! As usual, this is based on my own personal opinion and what I would feel comfortable with at each age or stage. I am a big advocate for doing what works for you and following your own momma instincts! So, if there are chores you would move around, go for it! This is meant to simply be a guideline, not a hard rule or a must-do. At the very least, if you landed here, I do help this gives you some ideas and a little help with incorporating some easy chores into your child’s life. Remember, these life skills are so important and introducing them early is key to them becoming a part of the routine rather than a task or chore that your child wants no part of or needs to be nagged to do.
Did I miss any chores? Is there anything you would add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!
You May Also Enjoy: