Doing simple chores helps preschoolers feel responsible and useful at home and in child care.
Preschool children need step-by-step directions for new tasks, and chances to practice. They may need friendly reminders about familiar tasks, too. Remember that such guidance is an investment in the future. Pictures of children performing tasks may also be helpful.
Jobs for preschoolers can include self-care tasks (brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc.), pet care tasks, garden tasks, sorting clothes or mail, and helping make shopping lists. Preschoolers can also help clear the table, find items in the store, and help return books to the library.
A spray bottle of water and small cleaning rags or sponges can help with wiping down surfaces. You can use old clean socks for dusting. Brooms and garden tools should be child-size.
If you complain about your chores, children may begin to complain, too. Help them see the satisfaction of a job well done. "Shaggy's coat will look so silky after you brush her!" Express good feelings: "I like to work with you!"December 2015
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