When is it too early for kids to have chores? Now I’m no child expert but having worked in youth development for 20 years and having two kids of my own; that I haven’t killed yet I feel like I can add my own two cents. It’s never too early to help around the house. They live there don’t they? And some day you want them to move out and have their own homes. Right?
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As soon as they show an interest is when they should begin. Toddlers love to sort; why not let them sort plastic plates and sippy cups. When they want to help sweep the floor buy a manageable hand broom or cut the handle off an older one. I got a dust buster hand-held vacuum and my 18month old loves to do the floor after dinner
I’ve attached below the kid chore tags that we’re now using. They were easy to make and were pulled together in an evening of searching the computer. My kids are not fully reading so I added the pictures and words to help with both sides of the learning.
Print the kids chore tags on card stock, laminate and glue a magnet to them. I tried hot glue, and than gorilla glue, a heavy duty epoxy kept them stuck.
We’re trying a few methods.
1. All the tags go up on the magnetic hall door and they move them from top to bottom once completed. This method was fine but I had to remember to move them back at night as well as pull those that weren’t relevant for the day i.e. trash night. It also was becoming overwhelming as to trying to complete all the tasks.
2. If they are on the fridge it happens every day but if they are on the freezer door they happen only once a week. This method worked until the little sibling started pulling them down. I also thought about printing them on different colored paper depending on their frequency. (Way to supermom for me right now)
3. I select from the bag the chores for the day. The rest just stay in the zip lock for another day. This seems to work the best. It isn’t overwhelming having all the chores out and I can pick and choose the most important for the day.
Let me know what’s happening in your house and if it’s successful. I’ll take a helping hand anyway I can get it.
Here’s your free download use and enjoy. Kids Chore Tags