Helping Around the House
Helping around the house is a great way for children to feel like they're part of the team. Whether they're making their bed or they're sweeping the floor, helping out around the house helps kids feel capable. Pitching in and helping family members is good for them. Helping should involve picking up after themselves. For example, teach your children to put their toys away when they are done playing with them and clean up after they finish a meal or snack. You can build this into a daily schedule. The following are just a few examples you may try.
Pick up toys
Put dirty clothes in laundry basket
Help carry groceries in to the house and put them away
Bring in the mail or newspaper
Put utensils and napkins on the table for a meals
Sweep floors or vacuum using upright vacuum
Organize books, games, videos
Take out the garbage and recycling
Make bed, clean bedroom
Set the table
Clear the table and put away any extra food
Help prepare dinner
Make and pack lunch
Wipe off the counters
Wipe off the table after meals or snack
Put dirty dishes into the sink or dishwasher
Feed the pets
Walk to sink
Turn on water
Put soap on hands
Turn off water
Get towel or paper towel
Place towel back on counter (if paper, dispose of paper towel)
You can utilize the file below to help with handwashing!
Sort socks, towels (washcloths), and shirts into 3 different piles.
Fold the towels.
Fold the shirts.
Match the socks and fold in half.
Places piles in correct drawers. (at home it may mean placing on the correct shelves)
Correctly set out plates, forks, spoons, (maybe) knives, cups, and napkins for each place setting at meals.
Place forks, knives, and spoons in the correct dividers in the drawer.
Print this hand washing visual and hang it near your sink to assist your children in following each of the steps. You can sing a song to encourage them to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds!