• Chore Patrol: Age-Appropriate Household Chores for Preschoolers

    Child development contributor Rowena Matti takes us through age appropriate chores for toddlers up to preschoolers.
    by Rowena Juan-Matti .
  • Involving your preschooler in household chores can be a great way to teach him life skills . But what can your preschooler do? Check out our age-appropriate chart for tasks you can assign to your child and the skills that go one level up when he accomplishes each chore.
     

    Ages 2 to 3
    Tasks

       - Help make the bed
       - Pack away toys and books
       - Take laundry to the laundry room
       - Help feed pets (except dogs)
       - Help wipe up mess
       - Dust with socks on his hands

    Skills

       - Understanding basic numerical concepts
       - Counting
       - Learning the concept of before and after
       - Determining shapes
       - Being able to follow simple directions

     

    Ages 4 to 5
    Tasks

       - Clear and set the table
       - Dust the room
       - Help out in cooking and preparing food
       - Carry and put away groceries
       - Mop small areas
       - Line up shoes by pair or place them back on the shoe rack

    Skills

       - Organization and classification
       - Learning about ordinal numbers
       - Determining patterns
       - Understanding basic measurement
       - Understanding quantities
       - Understanding directions
       - Matching

     
    Ages 6 to 8
    Tasks

       - Take care of pets
       - Vacuum and mop (with help)
       - Take out trash
       - Fold and put away laundry
       - Prepare a simple schedule for the family or himself

    Skills

       - Grasping the concept of time and measurement
       - Analytical skills
       - Grouping and sorting

     
    When you’ve figured out what tasks to assign to your child, consider ways of introducing the concept of household chores to him.


    SOURCES:
    ● Bernadette Benitez, M.D., section chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Muntinlupa; associate active staff, Department of Pediatrics, Makati Medical Center
    ● Maricar Gustillo-De Ocampo, Ph.D., education consultant and faculty member, Assumption College, Makati
    ● Funtastic Mathematics by Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, 2008


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