The newest goings-on here are that the girls want to help me do EVERYTHING. Cooking, cleaning, folding laundry…just about everything except cleaning up their toy room (some things never change.) I thought I’d put together a list of chores for preschoolers, including many of the ones that the kids have been helping with (and for Ethan, it is against his will.)
Chores for preschoolers and young children are so important. It allows the kids to understand responsibility and the pride that comes with accomplishing tasks that are their responsibility. It teaches team work – we as a family are a team and each of us has responsibilities to make our team successful. It gives them a sense of accomplishment and self esteem. And if you give them an allowance for finished chores, it can also help them learn about money.
Of course the kids aren’t old enough to do most of the chores without supervision, but they are learning. Here are a list of chores for preschoolers that we have successfully integrated into our family.
Chores for Preschoolers
Cleaning Up Their Rooms
I think most kids hate putting away their things. It’s easier to throw everything on the floor and kick it under the bed. But preschoolers can and should help straighten up their rooms. Shoes go in the closet. Dirty clothes go in the laundry hamper. Books go back on the shelf and toys are put in the toy bin. We started doing this every evening before baths and it has worked pretty well.
Making Their Own Bed
Nope, it’s not gonna look as good as when you do it, but they can certainly pull the sheets and blankets up and smooth them out. Make sure their pillows are straightened. Put PJs away instead of just throwing them on the bed or on the floor.
While you may want to help them make it look perfect, remember that they are very young. It will be awhile before they’ll be able to really make the bed. Cheer them on and applaud their efforts!
Helping to Fold Laundry
The girls LOVE to help fold laundry. I let them fold socks, shorts, and t-shirts in half. They also like to put their clothes away.
And while it takes much longer than when I do it myself, their sense of pride shines and makes me slow down to be proud of them too.
Setting the Table
We still have the kids eat on plastic plates, so allowing them to set the table doesn’t make me cringe. They put out plates, cups, forks, and napkins.
I also allow them to help dish out their food. This seems to also make them more apt to eat what’s in front of them, and since my kids are non-eaters, I go with whatever works! If that doesn’t work to get them to eat, I also have started allowing them decide how much more they will have to eat by rolling dice. This pin explains it all.
Putting Dishes in the Dishwasher
The kids are required to take their dishes to the sink after meals. After I rinse them, the girls help put the dishes in the dishwasher. After showing them how to properly load the dishwasher a few times, they’ve gotten good at it!
The kids take turn checking on our dog’s water and food dishes. They check in the morning and then again when we have dinner. They are also responsible for putting the dog out after she finishes eating.
What other chores for preschoolers and young children would you add to the list?