Teaching responsibility with easy chores for kids is something that I feel is important. Not only does it help them to understand what it takes to make a household run, it helps them learn that they should take care of their own belongings so they aren't damaged. To me, this is a win-win situation that is long lasting in teaching my children essential daily living skills and being respectful of people's belongings.
Easy Chores For Kids
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Sorting Laundry. Even the youngest kids can help with this simple chore. It's an excellent teaching tool for colors. Have them sort the whites from darks, or simply sort their clothing out of the hamper for separate loads for each family member. If they aren't old enough for that, you can teach them to put their dirty clothing in the hamper after they change clothing each day. Another option is to invest in sorting hampers to help make it easy for kids to sort their clothing on a regular basis.
Putting away their laundry. Even the youngest kids can help carry their laundry to their rooms to put back into their drawers when they are cleaned. Some items that need to be put into closets may require assistance, but you may also consider lowering the closet rods to make it easier for shorter children to hang their laundry as needed. If they have a dresser in their room, you may find our tips on teaching kids how to organize their clothes plus printable drawer labels to be helpful.
Feeding pets. Making sure pets have water, kibble, or even wet food each day is something most kids can easily assist with. This is one of the best chores for kids to begin with since they want to be responsible for something in their home. As they get older you can also have them take over things like walking the dog, cleaning up after accidents, or even scooping the litter pan for your cats.
Setting the table for meals. If you have family meals together, this is a simple chore that kids can learn from an early age. Set up a routine of items that are put at the table for every meal, and offer your kids options for things that are safe for them to set out. Grab paper or plastic plates and cups for younger kids to practice with instead of your better dinnerware. As they get older they can be more comfortable setting the table with the quality plates and utensils.
Gathering trash. If your kids have trash cans in their bedroom or bathroom, they can easily help gather trash for the times when garbage should be taken out. As they get older, this is one of the best chores for kids to take over completely. Older kids can easily empty all household trash and make sure the dumpster is at the curb each week for pick up.
Keeping their room clean. While younger kids may not be able to do everything, they can learn from an early age to put things away and make sure their bedrooms are cleaned up. You can teach them how to pull their blankets up and arrange their pillows each day to make their bed even as a toddler. Another great bedroom cleaning option is to have them help with dusting or vacuuming as needed.
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These easy chores for kids are a great beginning to teaching them responsibility around the house. Not only will these things help ease your household chore burden, they will also build an understanding in your kids about what it takes to run a household.
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