Assigning your 3-year-old age-appropriate household chores is a great way to help them be more independent and develop skills that will help them as they grow.
My kids are always so eager to help around the home. At first, I would get really frustrated when I tried to clean and they’d be there touching things. Or while cooking, they’d come around and try to help.
However, I realized that they were just expressing their interest in helping with certain tasks. Toddlers love to be independent and helpful, so instead of getting frustrated the next time your child is trying to help, assign them chores they can do on their own.
Before diving into the fabulous list of chores, let’s chat about why it’s a grand idea to introduce your kiddos to chores early on. Research suggests that children who start doing chores at a young age are:
Enough chit-chat, let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a list of ten tried-and-true, parent-approved chores that are age-appropriate for your tiny tots.
Here are some chores your toddler can help you with:
These are chores your toddler can do to take care of themselves and promote better self-esteem.
Family chores can be done with others. They help your toddler feel involved and that they are viewed as an integral part of the family.
My kids love helping with groceries! They’re always eager to help bring them in when we come back from the store.
I also let them help put the groceries away. They usually transfer the eggs to the storage container. They also will put away small groceries that are within their reach.
You can have your toddler put away their snacks or help with washing fruits.
To avoid tantrums, I sometimes will let my kids out of the cart and allow them to help me pick out items that were bought. This can go south quickly because they will scream if you don’t purchase what they want so you have to set rules for this to work.
Start with the basics. At the end of playtime, ask them to put their toys back where they belong. Make a game out of it; whoever puts away the most toys in 2 minutes wins! It’s a win-win: they get to play a game, and you don’t step on a rogue Lego.
Okay, it’s a bit like playing Tetris, but with socks and underwear. Match the colors, sort them into bins, and let the toddler feel like they’ve solved a puzzle. Who knows? Maybe you’ll finally find that missing sock.
Give them a small watering can and watch their eyes light up as they water your houseplants. It’s like the magic of keeping something alive suddenly becomes real—plus it introduces an early respect for nature.
If you’ve got a furry friend, let your tot take charge of feeding them. It’s an easy task, and it’s a step towards teaching them to care for another living being.
Your toddler can help set the table during meal times and they can also help you clean up after dinner.
I always remind my kids to take their plates away when they’re done eating, we’re still getting into the habit of doing it every time but they’re getting the hang of it.
Have your kids help with making their beds each morning. They can do simple tasks like placing the pillow on the bed once you finish making it or helping you with the covers.
Start by having them watch how you do it and then show them how they can do it themselves.
Your toddler can help you load the dishwasher. Safety is always a top priority so have them help with items that are not dangerous to them.
You can have them put away their own dishes, this will give them pride and help them be more independent.
Your kids can help with vacuuming or wiping down the table. They may also be able to help with sweeping or cleaning up small messes.
Involve your kids during dinner time. They can help with pouring or cutting veggies using toddler-safe knives.
Your toddler can help you wash the car. This can be a fun family activity for them.
So there you have it, folks! Your toddler’s guide to becoming a helpful member of the household. Of course, every kid is different. Adapt these chores to fit your family’s needs and, most importantly, make it fun! A chore chart, stickers, or simple high-fives can go a long way in making chores an activity to look forward to. Remember, you’re not just asking them to do chores. You’re teaching life lessons and creating fond memories.
Aug 27, 2022
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