Chores for Children that Teach
Chores, that word is a dreaded, nasty little word to my boys. I often wonder if housework is even programmed into little boys hard-wiring. So, I've added a really cool tool for my oldest to add a few incentives to the dreaded deeds. Cooper likes to use My Job Chart. It's been the best FREE way to entice him to do a few extra chores around here.
Chores teach responsibility, respect and independence. I've also found that you can toss in some math, language and science by giving chores a fun twist. Here are a few of my ideas and if you have ideas, please link up and share. We can use all the new ideas we can come up with around here.
Laundry: My babies love matching socks with me and sorting their clothes. Each child has a small flexible basket that they can put their own undies and socks into. All they have to do is sort them by size. Matching socks is a 1:1 skill that will come in handy many times. We look for similarities in the socks first, size, style, color, logo's, etc. They can do all this while I fold and stack.
Toy Clean-Up: This is the easiest of all. My boys love for everything to be a contest. So, they each practice counting how many toys they can toss into the toy box. Then we practice stacking and sorting.
Setting the Table: Counting out forks, spoons, cups and plates is a good way to practice counting. They can also set out placemats and napkins and condiments, etc. Counting, counting, counting... Spills? Let your little try different methods for cleaning up to see which materials soak up best.
Dish washing: Practice addition as you let your child put plates and cups into the drying rack or dishwasher. Helping them fit bowls and mugs into the rack also sharpens spatial relations and reasoning.
Water Plants: This is a greenery lesson, in and of itself. It's Environmental Science 101. Kids can learn how plants eat, drink and make their own energy.
Window Washing: Oh, what fun it is to pull the squirt on the bottle and spray. Then to wipe up the drips. Both are helping to refine motor skills, both fine and gross.
Feed the Pets: What better way to teach your child about measurements and conservation. How many scoops of puppy chow will fill the bowl? Will this large scoop over fill kitties tiny bowl?
Take out the Trash: Another environmental lesson. Let your little one sort your recyclables and keep a tally of the amount of waste that is being saved. They are also learning the importance of cleaning up after themselves and strengthing gross motor skills.
These are helpful chores children of any age can participate in.
What chores do your children do at home? Share with us ideas on other ways we can teach our children through chores.