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Getting Kids Involved in Housework

by Peter Magee 02 Feb 2023

Having kids help with chores around the house is a great way to teach them responsibility and other essential life skills. Housework doesn't have to be a burden; in fact, involving kids in household tasks can be both educational and fun!  

In this article, we will look at how, with the right attitude and creative thinking, it's possible to make even mundane tasks enjoyable for everyone involved. 

Encourage Pack Up After Play

When playtime comes to an end, it's essential to teach your child to tidy up after themselves to create good habits. When they begin toddling about, have your little one help you put toys into their basket, so they know this is an expectation. 

While it may seem young, they are often more enthusiastic about engaging in 'chores' at this age. 

Don't Use Chores as Punishment

Chores should never be a form of discipline with children, but rather an opportunity to teach valuable lessons and instil a sense of responsibility in them. 

It is important to remember that punishing your child by forcing them to do chores will only lead to negative consequences in the long run. Those who learn from an early age that completing specific tasks has positive results, they are more likely to engage in their chores. 

Chores for Different Ages

For young children, starting with simple tasks like setting the table before dinner or helping put away laundry can establish good habits early on. As they grow older and mature, they can tackle more complex activities, such as taking out the trash or mowing the lawn. 

Here are some guidelines to get your child started and help them enjoy the experience: 

Toddlers: Ages 2-3 Years

At this age, you have the perfect opportunity to combine play and chores while keeping them small and realistic. 

  • A spray bottle and cloth will keep them entertained and help them wipe down the kitchen table, cupboard doors or bathroom sink.
  • Using our wooden broom to sweep the floor alongside you is ideal because it's the right height for your little ones.
  • Set the placemats at meal times.
  • Pick up toys after play. 

Preschoolers: Ages 4-5 Years

Preschoolers love to help and are likely to ask to help you. Be willing to let them give you a hand, even if your chore takes longer.

School-Aged Children & Teens: 6-18 years

School-aged children can take on more responsibility and begin to do chores without your input.

  • Feed pets.
  • Help hang out the washing.
  • Sweep floors.
  • Wipe the bathroom and kitchen sinks.
  • Water the garden.
  • Help with Meal prep.
  • Unpack the dishwasher.
  • And much more!

If you're looking to inspire your kids' love of household chores, Toybox Tales has a great collection of toys that encourage creative and imaginative play. Browse through our selection online or in-store now.

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