Children can learn so much from joining in and doing some chores at home.
- Children are a part of the family, and as such, doing chores helps them to learn the skills they will need to run a household as an adult and lets them feel a sense of responsibility with being a part of a family.
- Household chores help children learn important life skills such as communication, relationship skills, negotiation and more.
- Children learn how to work as part of a team, with each member of the team completing their piece of the work.
As long as the chores are appropriate for their age, the children will learn great skills. According to The Australian Parenting Website, these are the chores that are appropriate for each age of preschool aged children:
Toddlers (2-3 years)
- Help to tidy up toys after playtime.
- Help to put laundry in the washing machine.
- Help to fill a pet’s water bowl.
Preschoolers (4-5 years)
- Set the table for meals.
- Help to prepare meals, under supervision.
- Help to put clean clothes into piles for each family member, ready to fold.
- Help to do the grocery shopping and put away groceries.
At Young Discoverers, we show the children how to tidy up after themselves both with toys and their meal times. They help with planting flowers and more. If you have questions about chores for children, either look at the linked website, or talk to the educators at Young Discoverers who will happily give some ideas.