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  • 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

       - 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

       - 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


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

    Ages 6 to 8

       - 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.

    ● 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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