Yesterday, I got to hang out with some amazing people at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration “On-the-Road”. If you follow my Twitter or Instagram you probably already knew this. 🙂 I had the opportunity to meet some blogging friends in real life and hear some great speakers. I had a great time and also had a chance to visit a supermarket that has better hot food than some restaurants! I’ll be sharing my experience in a future post very soon.
Now on to today’s topic. Do you enlist the help of your kids when you clean the house? It’s very easy to assume that toddlers can only make messes and that they are too young to actually do any chores around the house. But, most young children would love the opportunity to help mommy around the house. I’m not at this stage just yet, but it will happen sooner than I expect and I do plan on having my youngest join in the cleaning fun. 😉 Here are 4 chores that are perfect for young toddlers.
4 Chores Toddlers Can Handle
Dust the baseboards
Toddlers love the idea of crawling, scooting and sliding across the floor. Give toddlers an old sock or glove and let them scoot down the hallway and dust off the baseboards. They will think it’s super fun and you’ll get a huge task completed.
If you sort your clothes before starting laundry, then let the kids help. They can easily learn to put towels in one pile and whites in another. This gives them a good foundation for learning how to do laundry plus helps them learn to sort by likes and differences.
Organize plastic dishes
Most moms have a cabinet full of tupperware type dishes. These lids and bowls often get disorganized and lost. Let the toddlers figure out which tops match the bowls and dishes. They will have a ball making noise in the kitchen while they are learning about size and shapes that fit together.
There are many brooms that are sized just for small hands. Give them a broom and let them learn to sweep the kitchen floor. Sure, you’ll probably have to follow behind them and sweep again, but this gives them a chance to take ownership in the cereal that they have dropped and learn how to clean up their messes.
Do your toddlers help you with the household chores? What is their favorite part of helping? I’d love to hear!