It is amazing what young children take joy in doing. Here is a list of age appropriate chores for children.
Some people might read these lists and not believe it is possible. But if you would like your child to not only do these chores, but enjoy contributing to the household, follow these tips:
- Never force the child – you can do these alongside each other or step in when they need help
- Look for child-sized brooms, mops and utensils to give the greatest success
- Slow down taking time to show your child how to do these tasks
- Keep your movements slow, and limit talking at the same time – makes it easier for them to copy you
- Makes chores around the house lots more fun if there is a little one alongside trying it out too
- Let go of perfection – you may find that the spill is not completely wiped up, there is water at the bottom of the pot plant etc.
- Scaffold skills – start with one step at a time and build on it
- Enjoy yourselves – if it starts to feel like hard work, come back to it in a couple of weeks
Montessorians often don’t refer to these as chores. We like to include children in our daily life and these skills are usually called practical life skills. But chores is the name most people commonly use. Hope no-one is offended either way.
Also, it probably doesn’t need to be said, but to make it abundantly clear, these activities are to be supervised by an adult. And the adult in some cases would help finish off, for example, brushing the teeth with a toddler.
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With thanks to Margarita Jones for the translation
With thanks to Kerstin Mattischek for the translation
With thanks to Raffaella Caso from BabyGreen.it for the translation
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With thanks to Maria Antonia Nunes for the translation
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With thanks to Jailan Heidar from Early Years Parenting for the translation
Kindly translated by Leen De Keyser from Manine Montessori with thanks
With thanks to Emese Szanyi of Montessori Junior for help with the translation