Since Bogdan was almost 2 years old I started to implement a list of chores he could also do in the house. I searched for chore ideas for young kids and I began to put them into practice at home. Teaching him how to do different chores and involving him in almost everything I do in the house has a great effect on him: he is an independent boy and he really likes helping and doing things by his own.
I don’t believe in chore charts and rewarding kids for chores they make because at young ages they are really curious to find out how chores are done and they are driven by their intrinsic motivation. In my opinion, the best approach is to teach them how chores are done and to let them try even if they are still young. It might not be easy at first, but in time it’s wonderful to see your child doing a lot of chores even without being asked.
The best way to teach a young child to do a chore is to do it in front of him several times. He will become curious about it and he will want to try. Letting him try even if he’s not good at it yet gives him more independence and confidence in himself.
We had a list of chores in our previous house and I read it from time to time with Bogdan. I told him what chores he was able to do and what chores he will learn in the future. He was always very enthusiastic about learning to do new things, so getting through the list made him eager to try to complete new tasks.
Now we moved to a new home and it was time for a new list, so I created one nice list I’m sharing with you (see below the printable). The list contains two categories of chores: the general ones that the kids can do in the house and the ones related to self-care. For us the second ones are the most challenging right now, so I included them on a separate list to make them more visible. 🙂
I believe that this list of chores can be done by children with ages between 2 and 5, the only difference is the level of involvement needed from the parent. I think it’s great to let toddlers try all these chores under adult supervision; they can amaze you with the amount of things they are capable of doing. 🙂
For example, a 2-year old cannot get dressed all by his own, but you can start by asking him to put on his pants. Every small step with doing these chores gives the child a little more self-confidence and independence.
Going through the list with your child at regular times (ones per week for example) gives you the opportunity to discuss with him about every chore, to see the progress you made from last week and to see what new things the child could try next week. It’s not about rewarding or punishing, it’s just a nice way to encourage the child to become more independent and to help you in the house and to show him how many things he has already learned. I’m sure that until the age of 5 any child can fully complete the list if he starts when he is young and receives enough support from the parents.
You can find the list of chores below, but you can also download the printable using the instructions from the end of the article.
|♥ Put toys and books away||♥ Load and unload washing mashing and dishwasher|
|♥ Hang clothes to dry||♥ Clean spills|
|♥ Water plants||♥ Dust|
|♥ Make bed (with adult help)||♥ Help put away groceries|
|♥ Help set and clean table||♥ Wipe the table before and after meals|
|♥ Wipe cabinets||♥ Wash dishes (with adult help)|
|♥ Match socks||♥ Help with preparing meals|
|♥ Help feed the pets||♥ Help sweep floor|
|♥ Help at the grocery store (getting items from shelf)|
♥ Get dressed and undressed
♥ Brush teeth (with adult supervision)
♥ Put dirty clothes into laundry basket
♥ Comb / brush hair
♥ Put on shoes (with help)
I have created a 2-page printable with the list of chores every young child could make. I hope you will enjoy it and that it will help you teach your child to do all these chores with joy! 🙂
The file contains 4 templates for the same list, you only need to choose your favorite one, print the two pages and display them in your house. Pages 1-4 contain two colorful templates and pages 5-8 contain some more printer-friendly templates. 🙂
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I hope you will enjoy the printable and it will help you involve your child in a lot of chores around the house! If you have other ideas for teaching the kids how to make new chores I would be glad to find them out! I’m sure I will need some new inspiration as Bogdan grows!
More ideas here: 21 great mom-toddler date ideas to make your child happy (great for older kids too)
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