Think your preschooler to too young to help you with spring cleaning? Think again! Inside you’ll find tons of age-appropriate chores for preschoolers, and chores are important, because at this age they are often self-help skills!
The date has been on the calendar for months.
March 22nd: Host Neighborhood Bunco.
Now, as a mom of three boys under the age of four, naturally the cleaning begins a week or two in advance with a huge rush of final touches the day of.
Have you seen the door handles in my house?!
Probably not. But I can assure you they are covered in crust. From what, who knows, but if you have even one preschooler in your life, you know the crust I am talking about.
Getting started ahead of time with the deep clean, and then the rush of organizing a gazillion toys on the day of, usually helps me prepare.
“Can I help?” My preschooler asks as he looks up at me with those big brown eyes.
Truth be told, I like to do things a certain way. Sometimes it’s hard for me to say yes. But I was also drowning with no time to spare and he was super eager to get started. So I handed him the non-toxic glass cleaner and paper towels and he got busy with a few chores for preschoolers.
What happened after that was magic. I am pretty sure the glass door was sparkling.
***With this post, keep in mind that many cleaners are toxic to your preschooler. Choose a cleaner such as Dr. Bronner’s (my personal favorite) and stay close at all times. Never leave your child alone with any cleaner regardless of how it is marked on the label.***
Did You Know that Children that Do Chores are More Successful?
According to Inc Magazine,
…researchers identified two things that people need in order to be happy and successful:
The first? Love.
The second? Work ethic…
They continue to explain how you can begin to instill a work ethic and self-help into your preschooler’s routine now!
Use these 9 Chores for Preschoolers to get you started.
Materials and Supplies
The following are supplies needed for the cleaning suggestions listed below:
- water bin
- toy collection
- socks that need to be put away
- nontoxic glass cleaner
- paper towels
- nontoxic soap – Dr. Bronner’s
Getting Started with Chores for Preschoolers
Begin by selecting one of the following ways your preschooler can help with spring cleaning. Decide together which one preschool chore best fits your preschooler’s ability level. You and your preschooler can add more jobs as time goes on.
Make this “job” a REALLY BIG deal by saying things such as:
- “You are making such a difference in our home! These windows are sparkling!” – even if they are not, be sure to still show appreciation and affirmation. They will continue to get better each time.
- “Wow! I am so impressed you were able to wash all of these toys today! How did you do that?” – Look surprised and impressed, allowing your preschooler to answer.
- Or my all-time favorite, “I like how hard you worked on folding the wash clothes. It was hard, but you worked so hard and finished all of them!”
The more you build your preschooler up, the better chance you have of having them eager to help more often. Total #momwin and all of these suggestions help with your preschooler understanding teamwork.
10 Chores for Preschoolers to Help with Spring Cleaning
- Clean the windows and glass doors
- Organize socks from the dryer
- Wash their toys (You may also love this water bin.)
- Sweep/wash the deck
- Bring all the hamper bins to the laundry room
- Water the plants (You may also love this flower sensory bin.)
- Organize books by color for your bookshelf to get a makeover
- Putting napkins on the table
- Folding washcloths
- Putting away silverware
Remember, children that do chores lead to more successful adults. Chores are just one of the developmental skills needed for preschoolers. Start today by adding small tasks that they can take on that will also help your spring cleaning to-do list!
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