What I always find so bizarre, is that one of my most popular posts on Life Unexpected is ‘Chores For A One Year Old’. Every single day it gets a crazy amount of hits , particularly form Pinterest. Apparently all of you really want your kids to start doing chores from a young age!
The thing that is funniest, is that it’s probably one of my worst blog posts in terms of pictures. I wrote it when I was completely new to blogging, over 3 years ago and my old phone pictures don’t look the most appealing, although it is super cute seeing just how small Evie was!
Now Evie is 3 I really wanted to re-visit that post, update it and share with you our ‘Chores For A 3 Year Old’.
10 Chores For A 3 Year Old
One thing we have always do,ne is try and encourage Evie to help us around the house. Luckily for us, she actually really enjoys it and usually asks to contribute. Now she’s older, she can get a lot more involved in helping with house chores and can even do some things unsupervised (like tidy her room). As a family, we always try to make cleaning fun and part of our normal, everyday routine. No one loves spending an age cleaning the house, but if we all chip in, it seems to make it easier and sometimes even a little bit enjoyable.
Here are a few things that Evie does to help us around the house:
1. Mopping Floors
This is Evie’s ultimate favourite chore of all. Every single day she asks to help mop the kitchen floor and usually takes over and does it herself. I doubt as she grows up her love for it will stay, but while she’s interested we do let her try. She does the whole floor solo and we just catch any bits she’s missed when she has finished.
The older she gets and the more she does, the better she seems to get at it. She is always supervised with this chore, but intervention is never needed. All we do, is set her up with a bucket off water and a mop and off she goes.
2. Watering plants
Evie has been helping to water plants since she was very teeny. We always have to supervise her because she will happily pour the entire watering can into a plant, but its a chore she really loves doing. We have plants all around the house, but we did also buy some ‘grow your own’ pots a few months ago, so we could show Evie ‘why’ we water plants. It was so lovely for her to get to watch plants grow from seeds. We bought sweet peas and strawberries as their shoots tend to grow quite fast (perfect for impatient toddlers). Nowadays, her own plants are her favourite to water and she loves tending to them and making sure they’re still growing.
This is Evie’s least favourite chore and one she bores of very easily (does anyone like dusting? I definitely don’t). But, she still never hesitates to follow me around with a duster.
Whenever I dust the sides or the cabinets, I always give a spare cloth to Evie and she normally goes and dusts her toys, or goes over the areas I have just cleaned.
Our Dyson hoover is a little bit too heavy for Evie to use alone yet, but she is obsessed with hoovering. We have a little system where I push the hoover and she holds the ‘on switch’ to make it run.
We have one of those Dyson’s that only work if you’re constantly pressing the on button. When you have two peoples hand holding a hoover, it can take twice as long, but it’s more than worth it just to know that she is helping, learning and having fun.
5. Tidying Up After Food
Another chore that Evie helps with is, tidying up after meal times. Evie always takes her dirty cutlery and crockery to the sink and helps us to wipe down surfaces. Sometimes she helps me to load dishwasher (always with supervision), or we do regular washing up and she sits up on the cabinet beside the sink helping to wash things.
6. Helping Load The Washing Machine
We tend to only do laundry loads two times a week, but Evie always helps me to sort the colours and to load, fill up and turn on the washing machine.
She never does this alone, but she loves helping out. Her favourite part is sorting the colours and getting to press the buttons.
7. Cleaning Out Her Rabbits
Another great chore for kids, is getting them to help with your pets! Evie is amazing at helping to look after her rabbits. When we’re cleaning them out, the grown ups always do the gross parts of clearing out the poo and wee. But, Evie helps us to spray the cage down and also to refill the cage with fresh wood trimmings and hay.
8. Feeding The Animals
This next chore is also animal related. Every morning Evie helps me to feed the rabbits, give them some fresh water and top up their hay.
She loves being involved in this daily task, no matter what the weather. I think that one of the greatest things about having furry friends is that they can really teach your little ones all about caring for something other than themselves.
9. Making Her Bed
This one can be a bit tricky, but every morning when we get up, the first thing we do is make all the beds. Evie always tries to do her own. She’s not great at making it look neat, but she definitely gives it her best shot.
10. Tidying Her Room
The final chore Evie helps with is tidying her room. This is the one thing that Evie really doesn’t need supervision with. She always tidies up her toys and her room before we go out anywhere or before she goes to bed. It’s always been a big part of her routine and nowadays, just before bath time, she just starts tidying automatically.
So, those are our 10 Chores For A 3 Year Old. If you’re looking to do some chores with your kids, I hope you got some great ideas. If you have a younger toddler, be sure to check out our 10 Chores For A One Year Old. Or, if you want some actual fun things to do, check out our ‘5 Rainy Day Activities For A Pre-Schooler’.
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Do your kids do any chores? I’d love to know if they do any that aren’t on that list? Let me know in the comments below!