Do you let your one year old help around the house?
Our daughter Evie loves joining in with the housework. She’s been helping with the chores since she was one years old. Every morning in our house, the kitchen floor gets swept and one of us loads the washing machine with the first set of clothes.
As we needed the brush for ourselves (it’s really hard to get something back off a toddler when they decide it’s theirs!), we picked up a cute little cleaning kit from Tesco’s so that Evie could help out whenever she wanted too.
*Update…if you have an older child, check out my new post ‘10 Chores For A Three Year Old‘.
10 Chores For A One Year Old
Over the last few months she’s wanted to help out with more things so we’ve come up with 10 chores for a one year old that are easy to do and as a bonus, don’t make extra work for grown ups!
1. Picking up toys –
part of our routine is putting Evie’s toys away before bed. Every night Evie helps us to tidy away and shut the curtains before we go up to bath time. It’s become so ingrained in her routine that she sometimes starts it before us.
2. Help to wash up –
This is a new chore we’re starting to introduce. We occasionally put a soapy bowl on the floor and get Evie to help clean her own bowls and spoons. This is more of a fun messy play idea than a chore but she’s starting to recognise at the end of meal times that we wash up.
3. Wiping spills –
Evie is very messy with her water cup and daddy is sometimes very messy with food. If we give Evie a paper towel she loves to mimic us and help to wipe it up. There are lots of ‘ohhhh’ (her version of oh no) as we wipe.
4. Watering plants –
We planted some flowers in the garden a while back and Evie helps us to water them. At first we had to encourage her to not drink the water herself and even though she drowns the plants, she loves being involved and brings us her watering can to fill up whenever she’s in the garden, which in summer is a lot. Poor plants!
5. Help to feed the cat or pets –
We don’t let Evie touch the cat food, but when the cat comes in the house, Evie’s clocked on that it’s dinner time. She always goes to the cupboard, gets out a pouch and gives it to us to feed him.
6. Help to dust –
Whenever we’re dusting we give Evie a little cloth too. Although she’s not quite worked out that we’re targeting dust yet, she loves to join in and dusts everything from her toys, to the floor, to Mummy.
7. Put dirty clothes in the wash basket –
At the end of the day when we get ready for her bath, Evie now helps us to put her own clothes in the wash basket.
8. Help to vacuum –
Evie was terrified of the hoover so I started to use it more regularly and encouraged her to help push it. Now whenever I hoover, although she’s still a bit reluctant, she always comes over to help me whilst making a lot of ‘zoom zoom’ noises.
9. Sweep the floor –
This is Evie’s favourite activity. She has her own little brush and follows us about sweeping. Although she’s too young to sweep the actual crumbs, it’s such a great start that she’s interested and enjoys helping.
10. Empty the tumble dryer –
The washing machine and tumble dryer are Evie’s favourite things in the whole wide world. Jamie uses some chemicals at work so I never let Evie help to load the washing machine in case they’re on his clothes. But when the clothes have cooled, Evie helps us to unload the dryer into a basket and gets cross if we try and help her. She regularly checks to see if the clothes are finished throughout the day.
*please note – all of these chores are supervised! We never leave Evie unattended with any electrical items.
Shop kids cleaning kits…
We love making cleaning fun for Evie and know in time this is going to help her to learn responsibility and to also see cleaning as part of everyday life.