I"m looking for chore ideas for a 3year old. I know that a lot of them will still take lots of 'teaching', but I'm just looking for others ideas. Also, how many chores per day at this age?
Chores for 3yo(10 posts) (8 voices)
My 3YO is currently still an "apprentice" under one of her older brothers. LOL.
She helps her brothers or me with:
-tidying up toys the livingroom each morning
-tidying up toys in her room
-separating the recycling (cans and bottles from paper) on trash pickup day
-folding facecloths and other small items in the laundry
She does on her own:
-clearing her plates from the table and wiping up her spot after each meal
-putting her clothes in the dirty laundry when she changes
Next year I expect she'll be able to do a lot more.
My 3yo does a lot - not all required by me... but she wantds to do what her older siblings are doing.
She makes her own bed.
Helps pick up toys / clothes etc (she shares a room)
Folds washclothes, kitchen towels, and her own clothes. Sometimes helps older sister fold big towels. Puts her clothes away / washclothes / kitchen towels
Takes her dishes and puts in dishwasher (often I need to adjust where they end up though)
Gets forks and spoons out
Helps sitr things or get things while I cook
Gets / holds dustpan for sweeping
Dusts (some things)
Helps put dishes away from dishwasher (no sharp things... often is passing things to older siblings)
General "gofor" (go for this, go for that....) so fetches diapers, etc.
Oh, and I think her older brother has her pick up any garbage off the floor when he is doing the bathroom garbages.
thanks everyone. DD3 is definitely a 'helper', and wants to 'hewp' me with every-thing. I try to let her help or 'do' everything within safety reasons. But i want to start giving her some chores that are 100% hers, for the sake of ownership and participation.
I tried having her sweep recently, and that was a surprising failure. I thought it would be easy for her. I'll try again in a couple months.
thanks again for all the ideas!
My 2.5 yr olds list: empty trash from bathrooms into kitche, use a wipe to wash lightswitches and door knobs/cabinet knobs, puts own laundry away, helps switch laundry, puts dishes at sink, cleans toys, wipes down a lot of things: knee wall in basement, office desk things like that, she also picks up rocks around house (you know the ones that JUMP right out of the areas around the house ) she can do just about anything as long as someone is with her.
My little girl is very helpful also. It's actually encouraging my almost 5 yr old son to get high-tailing it on his chores (was that a word??LOL) Goodl luck MIsty
My 3.5 year old sets plates and cups around the table and gets silverware out and sets them too. He clears his own spot. Helps make his bed, takes his clothes up to his room, and rolls rugs to be shaken outside. Also in our house "watching is helping" when I'm putting things in the oven and he wants to help. But then he turns it around on me when I want him to do something and he says "I'm just watching, cause watching is helping too" :o
As far as sweeping, even my 5 year old (now 6) has trouble with that yet.
Emptying clean silverware from dishwasher (which may require you or older sibling to take out knives first). My littles always love this job and if they drop it, no big deal. Also, you do have to be cool with things not necessarily being in the right slot. However, it is also *educational* if you encourage them to match the items (e.g. fork, spoon, misc.)
SWIFFER depending on his/her size. If the pole is too long, just give him/her the cloth and say "wipe anything!" The cloth is soft and wont' hurt anything as long as no spray is on it. For that matter, any dry/damp cloth will work and who doesn't have dust that always need cleaning up LOL!
Folding washcloths, matching socks, putting away his/her clothes (after folded).
Cleaning up toys.
Putting away shoes (not just his/hers but others that may have been left out).
As for how many, our children are given one chore a day per their age so I would say 3 on his/her own.
It's fun to read the chores a 3yo does at everyone's house. At my house the 3yo does the following:
- Dresses self and puts dirty clothes in hamper.
- Makes bed
- Puts away his own and younger brother age 2's laundry (they wear the same size and share dresser drawers)
- Breakfast helper - he gets dishes out, helps me get everyone's food ready.
- Pickup own toys and assigned room.
- Empty or load the dishwasher (we have moved to plastic dishes/cups as the children are responsible for all dishes)
- use the hand vacuum to sweep an area
- put away groceries, help carry things for mommy.
How many? He does most of these every day, other than groceries, spread throughout the day.
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