Age-appropriate house chores for kids to teach them important life skills.
Getting children involved in household chores, especially in accordance to their age can make them learn important LIFE Skills that can help them be responsible and independent in life.
Children learn a great deal from doing household chores. They learn to contribute to family, develop a sense of responsibility & feel competent to accomplish the given task. They understand what they need to do to take care of themselves, home & family. They learn important LIFE Skills that enable them to live a responsible & independent life as adults.
This lockdown has given me ample opportunities to get my kids involved in some age-appropriate house chores. Besides learning new skills, these chores add to their fun quotient and ofcourse, to our bonding time.
How to Involve Kids In House Chores
- The key is to select age-appropriate chores.
- In the beginning, don’t give a particular task and then leave. Join them or make them do with you. Make it fun!
- Show them the right way to do a task by first doing it yourself.
- They won’t do any task for more than 10 mins. Don’t expect more & don’t push them if they don’t show interest.
- Give them one chore at a time (or in a day, depending upon their interest level).
- Appreciate & applaud for their efforts at the end .
- If they create any mess in the process, encourage them to clean it .
Few age-appropriate household chores for kids (3-5 years age)
- Folding clothes (Give them their own clothes to fold or small ones that they can manage like handkerchief, towels, pillow covers etc)
- Make their bed (clear the bed sheet, keep pillows properly, etc)
- Put their toys back in the designated area.
- Clean their toys/cycles /bikes with simple cloth/wipe.
- Dust/clean the surfaces/mirror, etc. (especially if they created any mess)
- Water Plants.
- Fill Water Bottles from purifier
- Dress up independently, keep their own clothes back in almirah.
- Put clothes to dry (or let them hand you the same one-by-one)
- Wipe washed utensils with you. Allow them to putting them in cabinets one by one. This one is something my kids enjoy doing a lot.
- Lay the dining table.
- Wash/wipe/sort veggies, keep the washed veggies in refrigerator
- Peel veggies (basic ones like peas, coriander, ground nuts, boiled eggs/potatoes, etc under your supervision)
Engaging kids in house chores is one of the best ways to keep them busy & make them responsible. And who minds a little helping hand to get these tasks done? 😜
Do you have anything to add to the list? Share the chores that you involve your kids in.
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