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
- 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
- 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
- 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: â— 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 â— Maricar Gustillo-De Ocampo, Ph.D., education consultant and faculty member, Assumption College, Makati â— Funtastic Mathematics by Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, 2008