If you liked my previous posts, The Ultimate List Of Chore Ideas For 7 Year Olds and The Ultimate List Of Chore Ideas For 5 Year Olds, Then you will love the final post in this series, The Ultimate List Of Chore Ideas For 2 Year Olds.
I think getting kids involved around the house at a young age is crucial. Not only does it set the stage for good habits, but there are so many other benefits to learning chores.
My 2 year old doesn’t do nearly as many things as her older brothers, but I do make sure to get her involved. Also, when she sees her siblings doing chores, she wants to participate. It makes her feel like part of the team.
Chores with a two year old is much more hands on. She needs more help and her attention span isn’t very long. At this age, doing chores is more about building good habits and teaching responsibility. Technique will come later. I do not expect the chores to be done well.
Positive reinforcement is huge at this age. She loves when I acknowledge how hard she is trying and what a good job she is doing.
Here are some of the chores my 2 year old is currently working on.
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Put Dishes In Sink/Dishwasher
After my 2 year old finishes a meal, I have her bring her dishes and silverware to the dishwasher. She is able to put her things in the sink, but she hasn’t quite gotten the hang of putting them in the dishwasher correctly. I am more concerned with the fact that she is doing it at all and give her lots of positive reinforcement.
“Mop And Sweep”
Notice that I put that heading in quotations. Someone gave my 2 year old this play cleaning set as a Christmas gift and she loves to pretend she is sweeping and mopping the floor. She isn’t really doing the chores, but I think this is still a good way to start teaching her.
Dusting is a pretty simple chore that many kids can do. I will usually pick a piece of furniture and ask her to dust it. Another chore that isn’t done perfectly, but I am working on teaching her. I love using these reusable dusters.
Pick Up Toys And Books
My two year old is able to pick up her toys and books and put them in the appropriate spot. She does need some help remembering where some things go but overall does a great job.
Put Dirty Clothes In Hamper
She knows that dirty clothes belong in the hamper and to put them there after she takes them off. She is able to do this one on her own (with an occasional reminder).
Fold Cloth Napkins, Rags, And Wash Clothes
We don’t use paper towels or napkins, so there are always plenty to fold when I do laundry. These items are small enough for her to handle and it is a good start to learning how to fold more complicated items.
Throw Away Trash And Recycling In The Proper Receptacles
We have separate receptacles for our trash and recycling. If she has a recyclable, she knows how to put it in the recycling bin and she knows how to throw her trash away in the garbage.
Put Away Shoes
She is capable of putting her shoes neatly in the closet after she takes them off.
I love that my youngest is so willing to get involved with chores and I am happy to help her learn.
At what age do you have your kids start doing chores?