Chores For Preschoolers: Getting The Kids To Help Around The House

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.

Do your children like to help with household chores? Here's a list of chores for preschoolers and young children that can be daily.

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!

Feeding Pets

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?

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Comments

  1. Great list! I’m pretty bad about forcing my kids to do chores.
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  2. I couldn’t agree more, Nat! Kids can do so much more than we think they can!
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  3. This is a great list of easy-to-do, but absolutely necessary chores for the kids. It not only teaches them responsibility, it lightens Mom’s load.
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  4. I am horrible about having my kids help on a regular basis. The girls at 12 and 10 help with laundry and dishes and sweeping. The only thing they do somewhat regularly is clean their bathroom (luckily even they don’t like it to be filthy). They boy at 4 TRIES to sweep but he’s mainly in charge of picking up his toys. I just need to buckle down and get on an actual schedule so that it’s less of me whining about how much I’m doing and more delegating/them knowing which day(s) they’re expected to do what.

    But then I’m scared I’ll just complain about someone not fully washing a plate because seriously, you didn’t see all that dried egg?
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  5. Your chore list would work great for my kids as well who are 8, 11 and 13!!!
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  6. My youngest has recently started to do some chores around the house, too. And he loves helping out. I am really hoping this positive chore feeling lasts for a while with him. At 9, my oldest isn’t so enamored with chores. :)
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  7. You are doing a great thing by teaching your kids at an early age how to do chores! Kids need to know that everybody lives in the house; everybody has to pitch in to keep it running smoothly.

    My kids used to love helping out. Now that they are 10 and 12 they don’t. They may complain, but they are able to do it, and can do a good job. They clean bathrooms, their rooms, take out the garbage, do dishes, empty/fill dishwasher, vacuum, dust, mow the lawn, etc.

    The point is to teach them what to do and how to do it, so when they are in college their roommates don’t have to teach them how to clean a toilet like I had to do with mine.
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  8. My children are 7 and 6; they’ve recently started helping with chores. In addition to what’s listed above they: help sort recycling; use the Swiffer to clean small sections of the upstairs hardwood; water plants; put away their laundry; use the lint roller to take dogs’ fur off the couches; vacuum the stairs (about 6 each) using a small hand held vacuum. They’re enjoying helping. Hopefully that feeling will last!

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