Parenting, Toddlers

Toddler Chore List- Simple Ways Your Toddler Can Help At Home

Toddlers are often referred to as the teenager of the early years. Toddlers are quirky, unique, and often found living their best lives. Although toddlers live in a world of their own, parents are encouraged to introduce developmentally appropriate household chores to engage with their small child.

8 Tips for Introducing Household Chores to Toddlers

  1. Make sure to have a routine or schedule.
    • For example, have your toddler help wipe the table before and after dinner.
  2. Talk through and explain what is going on.
  3. Make it fun! Cleaning does not have to be a punishment.
  4. Encourage your little one to work independently when possible.
  5. Always supervise! Keep your eye on them.
  6. Choose to start with chores of interest
    • As an example, if your toddler likes to play with the bathroom tissue. Work with them and teach them how to replace an old tissue dispenser with a new one.
  7. Praise them for a job well done!
  8. Keep them safe from toxic chemicals and small parts.

Let’s explore some ways your toddler can help around the house.

  • Throwing away pieces of trash around the house
  • Helping fold laundry
  • Watering the plants
  • Replacing toilet paper with help
  • Opening mail
  • Loading the dishwasher
  • Wiping up spills with paper towel
  • Help make their beds
  • Put clothes in washer and dryer
  • Help feeding pets
  • Help recycling
  • Putting dirty clothes in laundry bin
  • Help dust
  • Match socks
  • Help pick out clothing to wear
  • Rinse the dishes
  • Stack books
  • Put toys away
  • Put away outside toys
Photo credit: Lemon Lime Adventures

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