After I posted about our success with a paid and non-paid chore system yesterday, many of you wrote in and asked if I could share some specific chore ideas. So, I thought I’d share some lists of age-appropriate chores that we assign in our home in order to give you some ideas and inspiration for what might work in your home.
Today, I’m tackling chores for toddlers. Before I share our list of toddler chore ideas, here are a few tips for encouraging your toddler to help with chores.
1. Keep It Simple
Don’t try to have your toddler learn how to do five new chores at once. Start with one simple chore and then gradually add a few more after they’ve gotten the hang of one chore.
2. Shower Them With Praise
Remember to enthusiastically praise your toddler and to make chores a fun and exciting thing. Work alongside them showing them the right way to do things and giving them lots and lots of positive affirmation for their efforts.
3. Don’t Give Up!
Training requires a lot of repetition. Don’t get discouraged if it seems you’re not making any progress or getting anywhere with your toddler. Just keep praising, encouraging, teaching, and helping them with their chores. They’ll eventually get it!
Have you heard of My Job Chart? It’s a free, easy-to-use, online chore chart and reward system for organizing and motivating your kids to learn first hand how to Save, Share, and Spend.
We have used this program in the past when we had some children who were feeling unmotivated to do their chores. We were amazed at how well it worked and would definitely recommend it!
10 Chore Ideas for Toddlers
::Get Dressed — They can also learn to put their dirty clothes in the hamper.
::Brush Teeth — with help from mom or dad to make sure they are thorough!
::Help Pick Up Room
::Water Plants — a watering can or small cup works great for this. Outdoor plants are best since toddlers tend to be a bit enthusiastic in their watering!
::Put Away Laundry — Silas has learned how to put away his pile of folded laundry in his drawers.
::Pick Up Toys & Put Into Tub — Cleaning up a huge mess is overwhelming for a toddler so it’s better to give them a simple task like putting all of the books back into the basket or the Duplos back into the tub.
::Dust — Give a toddler an sock to wear and let them dust all of the surfaces in a room.
::Wipe Down Sink/Toilet — Cleaning wipes work especially well for young children to use. Or, you can spray some nontoxic cleaner onto a rag and let them wipe down the sink, toilet, or floor in the bathroom.
::Empty Trashes — If you have small trashes in some rooms in your home, this is a perfect job for toddlers.
Want to help your youngsters develop a morning routine? You can print these free morning routine cards from Living Locurto.
Looking for other age-appropriate chore ideas, you might find these chore lists helpful:
What ideas do you have for other simple chores that toddlers can do?
Looking for more ideas for teaching children to serve? Get the Teach Me To Serve: 99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn to Serve and Bless Others. This ebook includes 99 ideas for ways preschoolers can serve in the home, in your neighborhood, in the community, and in your church. Many of the ideas were very original and a number of them I highly doubt I ever would have thought of on my own.