INSIDE : A great Printable on how to make a Chore Chart for your preschoolers and toddlers! Customize it easily and print away for your family to use over and over again!
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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 and talk about how to start a chore list.
Be sure to read to the bottom of the post for the printable.
WHAT AGE IS BEST TO START A CHORE CHART?
I am a firm believer that being part of a family, no matter your age, means you have certain 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.
HOW TO CREATE A CHORE CHART FOR YOUR CHILD:
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 do lots of talking 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 week, you can tally how many they accomplished.
HOW TO REWARD USING A CHORE CHART:
The reward for completing chores is a personal family choice. However, some decide on allowance each week if a certain number of chores are completed. I always grew up having to do chores as just part of being in the family.
Another fun idea that my mom had when I was little was that I had to complete certain chores in order to earn my first two wheel bicycle.
The notes section of this chart is a great place to put if there is a reward, special treat or allowance for a certain number of chores completed.
CHORE CHART TIP:
So many of you have messaged me, loving this printable! One great tip I wanted to pass along from a reader was she printed it out and put her color print in a clear presentation sleeve page. Then she could use a dry eraser marker and cross chores off and wipe it all away at the end of the week! Brilliant, thanks for sharing! And I just found the PERFECT sheet protectors that come in 12 different colors and even holds a dry eraser marker!
Along with my FREE PRINTABLE, I’ve compiled a list of Preschooler and Toddler age appropriate chores. (These are my kid’s current ages, sorry if you have older children.)
WHAT ARE GOOD AGE APPROPRIATE PRESCHOOL + 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 shelves
Wiping 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
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?