When our first daughter was a toddler, we had no idea what she should take on around the house and at what age. Now that she is five, she does quite a bit. Her younger sister works hard to keep up and, in doing so, has shown us all of the possibilities that we missed a few years ago.
At two and a half years old, our youngest loves to be a part of our family. She enjoys taking on tasks and she was so upset to see that her sister had a chore chart, and she didn’t.
She has one now and all is right in her world.
If you are looking for things to put on your toddler’s chore chart or to start teaching your child to do, here is a list to get you started.
Start slow and teach a couple each month (start with the easiest). Depending on the chore, parental supervision is advised until the child either understands the chore and does it correctly, or until an older age is reached.[Tweet “Teaching toddlers about chores? Start with 1 to 2 a month and check out these 25 suggestions.”]
Put their stuffies on their bed in the morning.
Pull their bed sheet up to their pillow.
Put their pajamas in their laundry hamper when getting dressed.
Turn off lights that are not being used (we have a small step stool on each floor that our daughter moves around).
Turn off the TV when done.
Pick up toys and put them in their place. (Our rule is ‘if you can reach them to take them out, you can put them away)
Put their books back on their shelf (if it is low).
Dust items from their chest down (includes living room tables, small shelves, etc).
Put their used cups and bowls on the kitchen table (or counter if they can reach) after they are done their snacks.
Clear craft area and put sealed supplies back in their drawers when they are done.
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Making meals or baking.
Put their dirty clothes in their laundry hamper.
Match their socks.
Fold face cloths. (It might not be the best folding job, but I won’t tell anyone)
Fold dish towels. (see above)
Help put laundry in the machine.
Put their clean clothes in their drawers.
Put reusable (or plastic) bags away when empty.
Put some items on low shelf in pantry.
Put recycling in bins (if within reach. Our daughter deals with our paper items and milk containers).
Shoveling in the winter, raking in the summer (with size-appropriate equipment).
Watering flowers and garden with a small watering can.
Tidy bedroom before bed.
Pick out pajamas and get night time diaper.
Contrary to the photo above, our daughter enjoys her chores. At this young age, chores should be about having fun and enjoying the time together. This will build a solid foundation for ‘wanting’ to help out the family versus ‘needing’ to. We started on the really easy ones when she was two years old. She is three months away from her third birthday and she does all of these (some, still supervised).
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.