Kids are messy, but now I have a toddler that’s old enough to start helping out around the house! yay!! There are plenty of small tasks your little ones can do and they’ll get a feeling of self-accomplishment too! I’m going to share with you my list of age appropriate chores for toddlers and preschoolers.
Brush their Teeth
Isabella loves to brush her own teeth. She does really well for just starting out on her own, but it’s important for younger children to understand that mommy or daddy does first (or second) as well.
Pick up Toys & Clothes
Shortly after Isabella turned one we had her start helping to clean up her toys. She still needs a lot of guidance, but is perfectly capable of cleaning up all her toys from the living room and bedroom. I think it’s important to not overwhelm smaller children with a broad task of “clean up your room”, but to assist with direct phrases such as “now gather your books and put them on the bookshelf”. I’ve tried to give Isabella multiple orders, but she’s just not ready for that. The key is patience!
Every day we have her put her clothes in the hamper when she gets dressed for the day and before bath time. She will even help take Gabriel’s clothes to the hamper. This is a simple task that any toddler can handle.
Helping out in the Kitchen
Chances are your kid is underfoot while you’re unloading the dishwasher or making dinner. Put them to use! Toddlers can hand you the silverware from the dishwasher to put away- and it will save your back from bending over!
Your toddlers can also help place napkins and silverware on the table for dinner. I prefer to do the plates myself in order to avoid broken dishes. But older children most certainly can take care of this part.
Isabella gathers the dirty napkins after dinner to throw in the trashcan.
Feed the Pets
Have your little ones help feed the family dog or cat! Isabella loves scooping the dog food and pouring into Lulu’s bowl. She can make quite the mess, but likes helping out. Lulu can clean up the spilled kibble, no problem 😉
This one is a hit with BOTH my 3 year old and 1 year old. They literally fight over who’s going to sweep the floors! It’s hilarious! We have all hard surface floors in our house, tile in the kitchen and bathrooms and hardwood throughout the rest of the house. To clean them we use Bona Disposable Dusting Cloths. They are literally the best pads I’ve come across, locking in all the dust, endless kid crumbs, and Lulu dog hair. They’re so easy to use, even my toddlers can do it! That’s a win in my book! I have one kid using the cloths on a stick mop (works with either Bona sticks or almost any other competitor stick), and another crawling around on the floor dusting by hand 😉 Whatever gets the job done!
Cleaning gets done 2x’s faster with Bona Disposable Dusting Cloths (when my kids aren’t helping) leaving me with more time to spend with my family.
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