Preschoolers are at this perfect age where they are inquisitive, searching for independence, and actually WANT to help and love and cuddle. As they get older, there is this constant struggle to be independent. “I wanna do it by myself” is my daughters #1 line these days. I think 3-4 years old is the perfect time to introduce household chores, teaching them self-sufficiency at an early age and getting a little extra help around the house, too!
My little girl is 3, so she’s at the age where she loves to help out. I started letting her do little things: wiping down the dinner table with non-toxic spray, washing strawberries and lettuce while I cook, and even sort or laundry. Now she’s going full speed ahead with mopping the kitchen floor with the Swiffer wet mop, I highly recommend this for kids because of it’s ease of use!
Here are some ideas on how to get your young children to help out with chores around the house.
10 Household Chores for Preschoolers
Kitchen helper – Have your preschooler help you cook. They can rinse veggies in a colander, pour, mix, and so many more helpful things!
Set / clean the table – When meals are being prepared at home, your preschooler can help to set the table before everyone eats and wipe it down when you’re all done. My daughter takes forever to finish cleaning the table and even leaves streaks, but it’s great work for a 3 year old!
Dish helper – Loading and unloading the dishwasher is a great chore for little ones, it’s right down at their level and they love putting things in the right places.
Clean the floors – I swear by my Swiffer mop, it’s so easy to use and my daughter loves to get down on the kitchen floor! You can use wet or dry pads, or a combination of both.
Sort the laundry – Whites, colors, or darks? Teach your preschooler the significance of separating laundry loads and even let them pick which ones to wash first! My little girl likes to throw stuff into the water.
Feed the pets – Whether you have a dog, cat, birds, or a fish, kids love to fill their food and water bowls. Put the food in a low spot where small kids can access it, teach them the appropriate amount of food to give, and set a timer, they will learn to feed your pets right on time.
Make the bed – My daughter usually needs help with reaching the far side next to the wall, but i’m getting into the routine of making her bed daily.
Clean up toys – Our rule is that all toys have to be cleaned up when the kids want to take out another, and before bed time. Sometimes, my little girl gets resistant as toddlers do, but when she finally cleans her toys up, she gets a big star on the chart!
Dusting – Get your preschooler a little duster for themselves and let them go at it! Blinds, table tops, counters, low vents, and whatever else they can reach.
Grocery helper – Let your child help you pick out groceries at the store and help you carry the bags into the house. This way, they can learn to choose healthy foods, learn where they go at home, and that it takes a family effort sometimes to bring in a bunch of groceries!
Free printable preschool chore chart!
Feel free to use this chore chart at home with your kids, my daughter is thrilled every time she gets a sticker for doing something to help at home. I also use it for my 7 year old son, he does the bathroom trash once per week too. Just print out the photo above, just right click and save, then print to an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. As a chore is completed, put a sticker in each box and set the threshold of stickers earned to get an award. Currently, we’re doing 10 stickers per week, the reward is ice cream.
What household chores does your preschooler help with?