This post covers my reasons for creating a list of chores for a three year old.
I am shortly due to return to work after my second maternity leave. When I’m back I know that I will be busier than ever juggling home and work life. Currently we have no help in the home, so all household chores are split between myself and my husband.
My eldest daughter is approaching her third birthday and she is growing more independent every day. I would like to see her gradually take more responsibility for herself during her third year, to take the burden off me a little bit.
This got me thinking about what chores might be age appropriate for a three year old. Obviously at the turn of three she will still need a lot of supervision. However I believe she should now be capable to start completing some chores on her own with help.
I don’t expect perfection from her, which I don’t believes exists anyway. What I would like is some sign of effort from her to take ownership of her own chores.
Suitable chores for a three year old
These chores are designed to encourage indepence and self ownership.
- Help in making the bed each morning.
- Tidying away toys after play in both bedroom and living space.
- Put any rubbish into the appropriate bin.
- Taking own coat and shoes off when arriving home and putting them in the correct place.
- Putting clothes into laundry basket at the end of each day.
- Helping set the table, even if it’s just carrying cutlery from kitchen.
- Placing used cutlery and plates (plastic only) into sink/dishwasher.
- Assisting with routine pet care, including putting their food out and brushing pets.
- Joining in with making breakfast, from pouring out cereal, getting milk from fridge or choosing yoghurt.
- Dusting the skirting boards with a sock.
- Helping pick leaves or pulling weeds in the garden when weather is nice.