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Old 11-20-2006, 06:55 AM
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Teaching Responsibilities

I want to have my 3 year old help by starting with some chores, I have read that even at this age we can start teaching him responsibilities, the only thing is it has to be age appropriate, but i cannot find any ideas or examples of the kinds of chores for his age and abilities. so, any ideas would be appreciated! thanks!
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:58 AM
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First of all, I moved this thread into the "Preschoolers" area so that other parents of preschoolers could find it and help answer your question!

Do a web search on "preschooler chores" and you'll be amazed at what you turn up.

I have 3 children of my own, ages 14, 10 and 4, so I've gone through this several times myself. For preschool children I have had them have the same number of daily chores as their age: so a 3-year-old would have 3 chores. Some of them would be "take care of your own stuff" chores like putting their dirty clothes in the hamper and helping to pick up their toys.

A 3-year-old can (with help)
Make a bed (lumpy, but they can pull up the comforter and pop the pillow on top!)
Empty a dryer
Help sort socks
Put recyclable cans/bottles into the recycle bin
Empty small trash cans
Sort silverware after the dishes are washed, into the right spots in the drawers
Help set the table
"Swish" the toilet
Use a child-size broom to sweep the floor (or a Swiffer if you take out a few handle segments)
Use a dustbuster to clean up a "dry mess"
Hand you clothespins if you hang your laundry outside

Mostly a child of that age wants to HELP YOU!

I'm sure other members will have many other suggestions for things 3-year-olds can help with.
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My daughter is 3 and she likes to help me--not necessarily do things on her own yet.

She helps fold washcloths and hand towels
sets the table
helps to clear the table
keeps her shoes picked up and in the closet
cleans under her bed and sorts the toys back into the containers--I have to watch over her for this one

She has a container with drawers in it for her crayons, coloring books and paper. She knows to keep everything of that nature in that container or she will lose it.

When my son was 3, we actually bought him his own dustbuster because he loved using mine. It gave him such a sense of helping out when he used it. We are thinking of getting my daughter one too.

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help feed the pet, if there is one.

ajrsmom, some good ideas there
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Old 11-29-2006, 07:02 PM
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3 year old chores

My 3 year old loves to help my fiance with the dishes. He stands on his stool and helps to rinse the plastic ones and then helps dry them and put them away. He is also responsible for picking up his toys and putting his dirty clothes in the hamper. He also likes to help me with the laundry and putting the recycling in the bin.
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Help outside with picking up sticks to clean up the yard.

If they have a Cozy Coop car let them wash it while your washing your car. (my kids have fun with that one)

Help pull weeds, just be sure its weeds their pulling.

sweeping or even just holding the dust pan
Feeding the dog or cat
sorting laundry by colors
mopping the floor (supervised)
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My niece Delilah just turned 2. She loves to help gather laundry, put napkins on the table, unload the dishwasher (plastic items). She also likes to clean her room. Lets see how long that lasts, LOL.
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When I was studying, observing, assisting, and Substituting as a Preschool teacher the 2's, 3's and 4 year old children were very good at setting and cleaning up the tables for meals; "passing" food at the tables; sweeping and dust-pan cleaning the floors; preparing for "nap" / quiet time; clean-up play time; and getting themselves dressed after "accidents," before, and after out-door play time, as well as "special" activities (field trips, picture day, leaving for special family day activities, etc). 3, 4, & 5 year old children can help make meals - getting items out, pouring and scooping are beneficial on many levels. If you need dough "rolled" out, with guidance cookie cutters can be used to help make biscuits, cookies, etc.
Children from age 2 - 9 are usually helpers...their minds are wide open for learning, and for the most part, being family helpers. Except for some physical / metal / emotional restraints (birth or during growth years), children can are capable of doing quite a bit more than most adults think they can.
These are the "forming" years. Children are little sponges and they are eager to learn, practice, and retain what they learn...this includes mannerisms they will need in the adult years. The more consistent adults are with children, the more they learn and grow on all levels. Just allowing a child to dress themselves boost their psychological as well as emotional needs, not to mention their physical needs (builds their muscles, bones, and tendons in their fingers, hands, and arms)...
If you see someone in need of help and you can do something, then do something — that goes for people and animals. If you can help out, try. That’s what I hope people take away from this.” -Alex Scroggins
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