Housework with Toddlers

Housework with Toddlers

Since our kids like to imitate us, why not show them ways to help around the house? Some easy chores kids can do (with parental supervision) include dusting, watering plants and sorting laundry. Get more ideas.

Ready to start teaching your child to help around the house? Now is just the time to take advantage of her desire to imitate you. She may slow things down at first (don't be surprised if the housework takes at least twice as long with her "helping"), but in the long run, her participation will pay off in so many ways. For one thing, she'll feel proud to be a part of the family's responsibilities.

At this age, your child should be able to help you:

  • dust
  • water plants
  • put laundry in piles
  • hold a dustpan

Just don't expect her to work alone — she'll need you there every step of the way.

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Folding clothes


I have my 21 month old daughter help fold the wash cloths! She loves it! She also helps by taking the softener sheets out of the clothes for me while I fold!

Younger Helpers


My 2 and 4 year old love to fold the wash cloths and smaller towels when they come out of the dryer. They are also expected to clear their dishes off the table and put them in the sink. I find that when I expect more out of them at a young age instead of waiting until they are a little older, they learn quicker and enjoy helping more!

Great read


My almost 3 year old loves to hold the dustpan and her favorite is laundry.

Twin Helpers


Now that my twins are 2.5 we have them helping out a lot more but parents with 1 kid take note - my kids do NOT do the same things. My daughter LOVES to help with laundry but clearing her plates is just a no go. My son will clear the dishes - now even breakable ones that he brings to an adult in the kitchen - but laundry seems to bore him. Both of them LOVE to use the swiffer (I remove the liquid, they push the button and have a field day "mopping" like Mommy)



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