Toddlers usually learn from what we do. At the age of 2 to 4 years, they are usually keen to help you do some personal and family chores hence it’s important to teach them. Note that at this period, they are also beginning to get physically active. This means that you will end up with messy bedrooms, more dirty dishes and clothes, toys which are left all over etc. You don’t want to be yelling and screaming at them to stop messing around, so why not get them to help with some of the chores around the house? Assigning chores to your toddler gives them some responsibilities.
Most preschoolers are able to effectively handle a one or two-step job. So, what are some of the best chores for toddlers between the ages of 2-4 years? Well, outlined below are some pointers of baby chores by age.
The Best Chores for 2-Year Olds
At 2 years, your toddler has a mature gait and they can do various coordinated movements. In addition to those, they are able to listen to and follow instructions.
- Brushing teeth with assistance
- Washing hands with assistance
- Putting on clothes or removing them but with assistance
- Putting away dirty utensils or toys (with assistance)
- Wiping up messes
- Picking up after themselves
When giving out chores to 2-year olds, start with a one-step job which they can easily master.
The Best Chores for 3-Year Olds
At this age, they can listen to and follow instructions very well. 3-year olds can really be helpful because they have mastered some basic tasks.
- Putting clothes in the hamper
- Dressing or undressing with some assistance
- Picking up their playthings but with supervision
- Help in making their beds
- Putting items such as books, toys, magazines etc. in the right place
- Brushing teeth with some supervision
- Putting dirty laundry in the right place
- Filling the pet’s food bowl or water bowl but with supervision
- Putting books or magazines on the shelf (with some assistance)
- Helping the parent clean up dirt or spills
The Best Chores for 4-Year Olds
At this age, the child is grown and they can even be trained to use a chore chart.
- Dressing or undressing without help
- Making their beds with some assistance
- Picking up their toys and placing them in the right place
- Brushing teeth and washing hands without assistance.
- Cleaning up after themselves
- Setting and clearing the table with some supervision
- Helping the parent prepare food
- Helping with laundry, for instance, sorting laundry by color, and transferring clothes to the laundry basket from the dryer, folding washcloths and socks among others.
- Filling the pet’s water or food bowl
- Hanging-up towels in the bathroom
- Cleaning the floor using a dry mop
- Pick-up or make calls with parental assistance
- Putting shoes, books, magazine, coat etc. in a proper place
- Putting away dirt utensils
- Watering indoor plants
- Washing and drying their face and hands
Guidelines for Chores Suitable for Toddlers
Unlike adults, toddlers usually follow actions more than words. This means that you should always demonstrate to them what they are supposed to do. Show them how to put on clothes, wipe the table, clean a mess etc. However, when you are giving your toddler chores, below are some of the things that you should consider.
Be Positive Always
Tell your kid that they have done “a very good job” even when you know that they haven’t done much. Encourage and cheer them to go on. It’s so beautiful to see their little faces light up and filled with much pride because of the work they have done.
Create Chores for Them
Note you can make them spread their bed even when you’ve already done that. Give them a mop and encourage them to clean a surface that doesn’t even need to be cleaned. The end goal is to make them do the “work”.
When you are giving your toddler a chore, don’t use it as a way of punishing them. They will end up hating it. Try to act excited and encourage them that the work they are about to do is amazing. In the beginning, you have to understand that giving your baby, say a 2-year old toddler, work will simply create more work for you. But everything will be worth it in the end.