list of chores for a toddler

Although a 20-month-old is only learning how to be self-sufficient, he or she will welcome the chance to follow mom around with a dusting cloth or use a little handbroom to help sweep the floor. Young children consider chores to be a form of play. Who are we to take away a child’s fun, right?! Below are some chores that a toddler can do with some supervision.

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  • Help make her bed
  • Help feed pets
  • Dust low furniture
  • Pick up toys and books
  • Help wipe up messes
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper
  • Sweep sidewalk
  • Help mom wash dishes in the sink (using a step stool and lots of sudsy water)
  • Unload dishes (preferably the non-breakable ones) and hand to mom to dry and put away
  • Help sort laundry into whites and colors

6 responses to “list of chores for a toddler”

  1. Ann(ie) says:

    I LOVE This one!!! Thank you! My lil guy loves to help!!

  2. Samantha says:

    My toddler is always pestering me to help, this list is a great way to help me decide what he can and cannot help out with.

  3. aGibby says:

    My 4-year-old LOVES doing the dishes. She actually does a pretty good job, only a little mopping of water needs to be done!

  4. Brethart77 says:

    11. Help wash pets.

    Our two-year-old loves to get into the bath tub with our little Yorkshire Terrier “Dixie” and give her a bath. It’s probably best that this be a swimming suit occasion though.

    Of course afterward is there is brushing and drying of the animal as well.

  5. willblogforshoes says:

    Great list! I learned quickly that making my 2YO wipe up something he spilled (or when he spit–yuck!) wasn’t punishment at all. He started spilling things so he could get a wet wipe and clean it up! :-)

    I think I may try him on helping me to unload the dishwasher now.

  6. H.E.Eigler says:

    great list! I’m starting already with my 16mo. I ask her to help me pick up her toys and put them in the toy box. She does help but 9 times out of 10 she immediately dumps them out. I’ll keep your list in mind when she’s a bit older :)


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