Giving toddlers small chores helps boost their self-esteem and makes them feel as though they’re an important part of the family. In fact, the benefits are so great that most experts agree that kids should start helping out as soon as they can follow simple directions — usually around age two-and-a-half.
The earlier you get kids involved, the better. It’s easier at this age because toddlers are very eager to help, and they think chores are fun. Helping mommy and daddy makes them feel confident and useful.
Toddlers will want to pitch in if you give them cool tasks like these:
Tell your child you’ll pick up all the green and blue toys if she puts away all the yellow and red ones.
Using a timer, see how many toys you can both put away in three (3) minutes. The person who stashed the most when the timer goes off gets a big hug.
Give children a pile of socks to sort while you fold clothes. You get willing company while you do your own chores.
Kids can give plants and pets water with a small plastic watering can and some direction. If they spill, use the chance to let them wipe it up.
Toddlers love cooking. They’re too young to do most meal prep, but they can use the salad spinner, put rolls in a basket, or place napkins on the table.