10 Chores Your Toddler Can Do

It’s my belief that it’s never to early to instill a good work ethic in your child. This belief may somewhat be fueled by the fact that I have six children who have made an art form out of mess making. With older children it can be easier to find ways for them to help out around the house, but don’t underestimate your toddlers because they too have the ability to contribute. Plus, unlike your older children, your toddlers typically enjoy being given a chance to help out Mommy. Be sure to give limited step by step instructions to help with your child’s language development. As an added bonus each of these chores will build your child’s self esteem and teach them necessary problem solving skills.

 

10 Chores Your Toddler Can Do

1. Organizing Shoes – Teaches the ability to sort while handling that messy shoe pile by your front door.

2. Cutting Coupons – Focuses on fine motor skills using scissors.

3. Wiping The Bathroom Sink – Give a lesson in health with teethbrushing then a lesson in cleaning up after.

4. Matching Socks – This can be a fun chore that also focuses on building your child’s math skills. 1 + 1 = 2

5. Watering Plants – Great opportunity to give a lesson about the environment and the importance of drinking water.

6. Wiping Down Floors & Trim – Give your a toddler a wet rag and let them go wild knowing it’s developing their fine motor skills.

7. Cleaning Up A Spill – This chore teaches cause and effect which is important to your child’s cognitive development.

8. Help Putting Away Groceries – Sort items by shapes (cans, boxes, bags) then work on math skills by counting the items in each group.

9. Prepare a healthy snack – Peeling a banana focuses on your child’s fine motor skills and allows you to teach your child about healthy eating.

10. Dusting – A fun chore to do as the sun sets where your toddler can engage in imaginitve play trying to catch all of the dust fairies.

 



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4 Comments on “10 Chores Your Toddler Can Do

    • I can totally relate to your article because we live in a townhouse. I love your reward system using TICKETS… Brilliant. I’m going to have to give that a try. It is so important to teach your children about contributing to the family at an early age. Great tips.

  1. I also like to use extra chores for “restitution” aka punishment. Hit your sister, wham “your restitution is to pick up all the shoes. The kids have gotten to the point where they tell us “hey, she didn’t get any restitution!”

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