Little Helpers – Household Chores for Preschoolers

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My little man is in a “helper” stage. He loves to sweep the floor with his “boom” (broom), and “clean up” (wipe a rag over any surface). I figure I should take advantage of his desire to help out now…right?

Such a good little helper - even back when he was 15 months old! {via Instagram}

Such a good little helper – even back when he was 15 months old! {via Instagram}

I found this article on 10 Household Chores for Preschoolers that had some great ideas on chores that preschoolers can do around the house. Some of the suggestions my not-quite-two-year-old is still a little young for, but I could see him dusting (maybe not anything glass…but end tables and such, which he kind of does already) and washing windows with a spray bottle of white vinegar (I may have to go over them with a rag myself…he’ll probably just like the spraying part of that task!)

For older children, a responsibilities chart like this one from Melissa and Doug might be helpful to keep track of what needs to be done.

via zulily

via zulily

What kind of household chores do your children do? Do you have specific jobs for the younger ones that they enjoy? (I’m eager to pawn off some of my work! lol)

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  1. Nicole Copeland says:

    My daughter is 3 1/2 and she holds the dust pan and dumps the dirt in the trash can. she picks up her toys, helps put laundry in and out of the washer and dryer

  2. ann@travelturtle.net says:

    My son has become really good at picking up his toys. I love it. I also love that M&D chore chart.

  3. I try and get my kids, ages 6 and 10, to do chores they like. That makes it a win-win. For my son, it’s feeding the cat. For my daughter, it’s setting the table for dinner. And then there’s cleaning up, which is not a choice and everyone has to do!

  4. Oh yes, toddlers just love to help! It’s only when they grow older that suddenly all the fun gets zapped out of chores for them! 😀

  5. Madison has to pick up her toys and put them in her toy box. The boys jobs are to feed the dogs and take them for walks and take out the trash. My daughter has to clean their bathroom and take care of the cat and her litter etc. It doesn’t seem like a lot and yet they gripe about doing it daily. I need that responsibility chart for them all. 🙂

  6. Missy Homemaker says:

    My kids got an early introduction to chores when I became a single mom. They’re older now and have a whole list-mowing the lawn, taking out the garbage, cleaning their bathroom, cleaning up after supper, feeding and watering the dog, dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping the floors. It sounds like a lot, but that’s 4 boys doing the chores. I believe that not only does it show them how to be responsible, but it shows them that it’s part of being a family that helps each other.

  7. Tammy Doiel says:

    DMy younger ones–3-4 years old empty all the small trash cans and do the silverware in the dishwasher. My older ones (7-10) help wash dishes, take care the rest of the dishwasher, and clean bathrooms (not tubs) and help fold laundry. They all help pick up toys.

  8. I so wish this would have been around when my kids were little. It would have made life so much easier.

  9. I need one of these. We try chores but without much success. lol

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