12 Simple Chore Ideas for Preschoolers

chore ideas for preschoolers

My daughter Annabel is about to turn 4, and we are looking at ways to include her in more of the running of the general house.  I must admit that I’ve been much less intentional about this than with my first child, as some days it seems like the day rushes past in a whirlwind of activity and organised chaos without my having really given job allocation much thought.  I’m sure one or two of you might relate to this. 🙂

So here we are with Missy Middle Child, about to turn 4, and clearly needing a little more responsibility and ownership.  We want her to know that in our family we all take responsibility for ourselves, and we also all help out with running the household.

We’re not expecting perfection but are asking her to make her best effort.

  1. Take care of self: get dressed, brush teeth, and brush hair
  2. Make own bed
  3. Help sort the laundry into piles for each family member
  4. Put away own laundry pile in the right drawers
  5. Dust and wipe easy surfaces
  6. Set the table
  7. Clear the table
  8. Pick up own mess

I think this will be all she can manage consistently for a while, and then we’ll add in a couple of other things:

    9.  Help with meal prep
    10. Match socks in washing pile
    11. Help put away folded washing
    12. Help vacuum main areas

Do you have any other tips or jobs that your preschoolers help with?

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5 thoughts on “12 Simple Chore Ideas for Preschoolers

  1. thehomeschoolingdoctor

    1/4/7/8/9–we do those with ours. Also, there is one chore that is ALWAYS hers. For some reason, the dishwasher in this house seems to sit so low, and I don’t like bending over that low! So, I say, “Come do your job!” And she trots over, puts the soap and vinegar (to keep our hard water from staining the glasses) in the dishwasher for me and starts it! It’s so cute, and so strangely helpful! Every now and then she tries to be sneaky and push different buttons on the dishwasher. They are so cute!!!!

    1. Marie @ MyMomThoughts

      My son is 15 months old and he loves to help unload the dishwasher. He helps with the silverware and can now lift out the salad plates and hand them to me. It is so cute that he wants to help out. He brings me his dishes when he’s done eating a snack and he loads the washing machine, transfers clothes to the dryer, and empties it!! Not even my husband does these things.


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