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Hello everyone,
We all know that toddlers are better at creating a mess than keeping the house clean, but what better way to keep those hands occupied than with the household chores. A duster? A broom? A vacuum? Toddlers love to help and will always be too happy to get involved.
If you haven't thought about introducing your toddlers to chores please have a look at my post about encouraging toddler chores. I was a little unsure as to how Amelia would react to this little game but she thoroughly enjoyed sweeping up all the pom poms.
By giving your toddler a few age appropriate chores can encourage them to become more helpful and as they get older they will understand how to complete household chores without being prompted...so start them young I say! To be honest when I was younger my parents would always set chores for my brother, sister and I to do and it didn't do us any harm. I can vaguely remember my dad pulling a chair towards the sink so we could wash dishes and my sister and I would always want to play 'The Washing Up Show' - a running commentary on how to wash dishes! Oh my days, it explains so much.
So lets get to it. Amelia and I will do the household chores together everyday and have done ever since she was about 15 months old. It is a good idea to introduce them at this age because typically most children are mobile and have a basic vocabulary. Therefore it was an obvious age to start but if she did find any chores too much to begin with I would try and ease her into them. Then as she started to master each one I would always find another area in the house where she could help!


Help Load The Washing Machine

Amelia has always been interested in our washing machine and since a young age would sit there to watch the bubbles - a great distraction! Then as soon as the washing machine finished its cycle she will push buttons and help pull our clothes out of the drum and even if its empty she is more than happy to fill it!





Dust & Polish

Dusters are so much fun aren't they? Well probably not for you and me but my daughter gets excited whenever I pull out those yellow dusters. As you can imagine I am more than happy for her to help me dust, just be sure that when you set your toddler to task remove any breakables or show them how to dust carefully. I believe that you should teach toddlers to respect things in their home by not moving anything out of their reach. But this is just my preference, choose what is right for you!



Help Feed The Dog

Amelia adores her little friend Jakey! They are thick as thieves as the saying goes. Jake will follow little miss about most the day and she will always open the cupboard doors so she can give him food and treats. So now it only seems natural to allow her to take a small role in caring for him. Even though I give him his water as Amelia loves to tip it all onto the floor and stamp in it but I will let her scoop his food into his bowl, keeping a watchful eye mind you, as she likes to see what his food tastes like!




Vacuuming

My daughter loves our vacuum and will always makes a bee line towards it and really won't take no for an answer. However if I actually need to hoover Amelia gets the grumps and has a tantrum, it is quite funny. But she is doing really well at this chore and will even hoover under the coffee table and the sofa - yay!



Wiping Up Spills

Spills always happen with toddlers, it is evitable. Not only does this mean they can help with spills but they can actually take on the responsibility for clearing away their mess. Whenever she spills I am not so quick to clean it up myself and I will ask Amelia if she wants to get some kitchen roll and wipe it herself. But I have to watch out as she likes to tear the kitchen roll and eat it! Why do toddlers prefer to eat paper and every bit of fluff they can find???



Preparing & Cooking Food

I have always encouraged Amelia to get into the kitchen with me mainly because she can keep herself entertained with lots of exploring and discovering new toys to play with but I can also keep an eye on her. It is a lot harder to keep an eye on her when she is in the living room trying to climb the coffee table or pulling the drawers out to sit in them!!! Amelia loves to help me in the kitchen and I think her favourite has to be mixing cake batter, which is also when she becomes Mummy's taste tester!



Clearing Away Toys

Even before my daughter could walk she would help gather toys and put them away. I also think its a great way to encourage wind down time, we will always make sure that we put toys away before her afternoon nap and before bedtime. I can see that Amelia enjoys this chore as she is becoming more and more independent everyday and she will tell me not to help. But they are days where she doesn't want to play ball and becomes reluctant to putting Bing Bunny or dolly into the toy box.

Amelia needed Mummy's help to put all this away though!


Cleaning The Windows

After all the windows are normally dirty because of her little fingers so this one makes a lot of sense. I will spray them and she will wipe with kitchen roll, she does kiss the windows so we will have to start the whole process again, but we have lots of fun whilst doing it. When Daddy cleaned our patio windows she helped without being asked...


I hope that these ideas can give you some inspiration for getting your little ones involved with chores, you could even add fetching the post or popping things into the bin. These chores will help your toddler develop and give them a little responsibility encouraging them to do things on their own and to be honest we could all do with a helping hand.

How have your toddlers helped with chores around the house?
36 comments on "MORE TODDLERS CHORES"
  1. oh this is so wise. You have to make the most of when they are little and willing to help, otherwise you have no hope of getting them to do much when they are teenagers. Great to find your blog via the #bestandworst linky

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    1. Good thing I set her to task early!!! Haha! Aw thank you for stopping by lovely! x

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  2. My little boy helps me with chores. He loves the washing machine, and carrying the food shopping in the house...yes it takes ages but it is worth it if they actually help! #bestandworst

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    1. Even if it does take my little one a while I will always encourage her, like you said it's great if they are actually helping. Lol. Thank you for your comments and for stopping by the blog!

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  3. I so agree with this. My daughter helps me load the machine or dust. I just need her to be more willing to tidy up her toys!!! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

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    1. Some days Mimi doesn't want to put her toys away lol. But with a little encouragement she soon puts them away. Thank you for your comments!

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  4. Oh what a wonderful post. I'm sure he will be more of a hinderance than a help but it will be lovely to share the chores with him #bestandworst

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    1. We actually have lots of fun doing them together! Even if it is cleaning lol. Thank you for your comments x

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    1. Oh no. I am not looking forward to the terrible twos even thought some days she can be a terror lol. The threenager years I do not like the sounds of! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments!

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  6. What a great idea. Rather than doing everything by myself while the kids play, I should get them involved :) I am sure my boys will enjoy doing anything new!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh yes please do it will be so much fun but I am sure they would love to help. Thank you for your comments

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  7. I think getting children to help out with chores is a great idea. My girls help to prep dinner and lay the table. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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    1. Thank you for hosting. I think all little ones love to get involved though. They are good girls with helping lay the table.

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  8. Ahhh how cute! My son helps fill the cat biscuits and wipes up spills and at times puts clothes in the washing machine.....although he prefers to press the buttons! Popping over from #binkylinky

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    1. Oh my I can sympathise with you on that one, she love to press the buttons! It will always been followed up by an uh oh! Thank you for stopping by and for your comments x

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  9. This is great :). We always got the Tubblet to do chore. Harder now she's bigger though!

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    1. Oh no perhaps keep trying to encourage her and she may want to help around the house. As long as you make it lots of fun! Thank you for stopping by x

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  10. As a stay at home dad, I get my kids to do some of these things. In fact our youngest can be a very keen cleaner and tidier. Not too sure about leaving everything so the toddlers can reach them 'though. We've had to replace many a photo frame due to accidental damage! #binkylinky

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    1. Haha we have had a few breakages my fault though but she will dust very carefully now! Such a good girl. Thank you for your comments x

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  11. What a great idea in our house R helps M just walks pass you fab photos Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky

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    1. Oh dear maybe they will both help and do it together soon. Aw thank you so much and thank you for hosting!

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  12. This is really cute and a great way to encourage children to have a bit of pride in keeping things clean. #kcacols

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    1. My little one loves to know that she is being helpfu! Like she's doing her bit for the family. Thank you so much for your comments! x

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  13. Love this!What a great way to get the children involved in the household chores and start to teach them about helping around the house #KCACOLS

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    1. It such a great way for them to become involved and it will be lots of fun too! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your comments x

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  14. This is awesome! Yes I can totally see my little one helping out with some of these. So far I can only get him to put things inside baskets or boxes, but I'm continuing to try to expand that :)
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    1. That's brilliant next stop dusting lol. If you encourage him a little each time he will soon want to take the lead. Thank you for your comments x

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  15. This is a great idea! My boys love helping me load and unload the washing machine and we always get them to tidy away their toys. I probably need to start getting my eldest into a bit more of a routine of helping with the daily chores though!

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you again on sunday x

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    1. Oh yes that would be great way for them all the learn to take on a little responsibility too. Thank you so much for hosting!

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  16. I think it's fantastic that your daughter helps you with household chores. It's great for them to learn responsibility & about helping. And they find it fun at that age! Thanks so much for joining us at #bloggerclubuk x

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  18. I have always got my oldest boy involved in the chores - after all its what I seem to spend most of the day doing so having him join in can make them feel more fun for both of us #KCACOLS

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  19. It really is so much more fun when you get little ones involved. Thank you so much for commenting!!!

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  20. Our daughter is 5 and feeds the dog and the cats, at this point it is entirely her responsibility of course I check when I fill the water dish but she takes care of it and almost never forgets! #KCACOLS

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  21. Great post- my little one's not quite old enough yet but will be encouraging her to help around the house when the time comes! #KCACOLS

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