For all you mamas (and dads, too) what are your thoughts on preschooler/toddler chores and allowances? I’m still out for debate on earning allowance quite yet, as we have an almost 3 year old and a 4 year old. However, I am a HUGE fan of family chores! My kiddos definitely have jobs that they are required to do around the house, so I decided it was time to make it more official and I’ve designed a Free Printable Chore Chart. Be sure to read to the bottom of the post for the printable.
I am a firm believer that being part of a family, no matter your age, means you have jobs and tasks that are required, to help the better of the whole. I don’t think it can ever be too early to start teaching aspects of work ethic, responsibility and a sense of pride for jobs well done.
I think most children are happy to help with age appropriate tasks and it’s wonderful to start those habits early. The tasks don’t have to be hard or take a lot of time, it’s just the act of doing them and not complaining that is key (we talk about having a “joyful heart” a lot at my house).
I’ve left blanks on the left hand side for you to fill out with your child’s specific chores. Each day they complete a chore, they can cross off the coordinating colored circle. At the end of the month or week, you can tally how many they accomplished. The notes section is a great spot to put if there is a reward, special treat or allowance for a certain number of chores completed.
Preschooler + Toddler Chores:
Put toys back in baskets or bins
Matching/sorting organization projects (toys by shape or color, etc.)
Put books back on shelves
Pick up floor clutter
Sweep the floors
Dusting accessible shelvesWiping down windowsills
Put clothes away in drawers or baskets
Put clothes in hamper
Hang jackets on hook
Hang lunchbox on hook
Load or unload the washer/dryer (with
Bring in the mail
Help set the table
Helping with snack or mealtime prep
Bring dirty dishes to the sink
Help with washing dishes
Put away silverware, pots and pans, etc.
Wiping out sinks
Wiping down counters
Wiping down tables
Help carry in things from car
Take off shoes at the door
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What tasks have you found your toddlers and preschoolers are great at tackling?
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