Here are some
chores for 3 year olds :

Coming up with some chores for 3 year olds isn't that hard, actually. Young kids have an innate desire to feel big and helpful. You might consider a picture chore chart with pictures or photographs to make it easy for youngsters to use. Young preschoolers are especially excited about contributing to the household and are motivated to work along side you. Having age appropriate chores and expectations is the first step to success with raising responsible kids. The key is to modify your expectations accordingly and make it easy for them to participate. If you are starting chores with a young child, you are making the years ahead a lot easier on yourself! Plus, you are teaching important life skills and fostering independent responsible people. There are a lot of chores a 2 year old or a 3 year old can do to help the family:

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Taking care of themselves:

  • Get dressed
  • Brush hair
  • Brush teeth (with supervision)
  • Taking care of their stuff:

  • Hang up coat
  • Put shoes away
  • Put their dirty clothes in a hamper
  • Put their toys away
  • Clean their bedroom with help
  • Helping cook:

  • Help with meal prep
  • Help stir
  • Help wash vegetables
  • Helping clean up in the kitchen:

  • Wipe sink
  • Put napkins on table
  • Clear table (maybe use a “bus bin”)
  • Put away silverware
  • Put dirty dishes in a “bus bin”
  • (a "bus bin" can be just a plastic crate that can be used to carry dishes to or from the table--it's much easier for little hands to consolidate!)

    Other random chores:

  • Empty trash baskets
  • Put pet food in dish with help
  • Anything you can think of that seems right for your child!
  • Having chores for 2 year olds and 3 year olds really lays the groundwork for responsible kids. Most kids will rise to the expecations given to them, and will feel valued because of their efforts to help the family. Age appropriate chores are only the beginning!

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