Will our kids do chores? You-betchya they will.
A lot of people have cute names for them, nifty little charts, and some even gift their little nuggets moolah for helping out. We are definitely not to the cash exchange phase yet (if we ever get there), but we are increasing our 2 year old’s contributions around the house.
This momma used to clean all the new toys when they entered the house, but now I’ve enlisted a little helper. Click on “Read More” to see our Great Toy Wash!
Elise has had responsibilities around the house for just over a year now. At 12 months, we started singing the “pick up, clean up song,” which helped to get her putting away all of her books and playthings before nap, before dinner and before bed – supervised).
At about 18 months, we tasked her with taking dirty clothes or pajamas into the dirty clothes bin (unsupervised) and she began picking up all of her books and playthings on her own.
Then a few months ago, she began helping Dad with yard work – she picks up sticks and puts them into a pile so Dad can rake or the lawn service can mow/edge with abandon. She has her own little sawed-off shrub rake that she uses to “help” Dad rake leaves, but that’s more just for fun. :)
Another thing she does consistently right now (she just turned 2) is that she puts her shoes by the door and her hat and jacket away when we come in from outside. She can’t hang them in the closet yet, but we have a basket she puts them in for easy access.
These are very small things and we think it’s not so much the act but the responsibilities she has been given that will help to instill in her a value of contributing to the family.
What do you think?
Anyway, when we get new toys – or new to us toys – we wash them. I’m not sure if this is standard operating procedure for all families, but it works for ours. And up until now, I have been the only one washing everything.
I didn’t “pin” it because I saw this a very long time ago (and sometimes I can’t think beyond the end of my nose), but a quick Google search will tell you that there are many who thought this was brilliant! A nod of thanks to whomever thought of this and another to whomever shared it on Pinterest.
A car wash for kids to do themselves? Inside? With minimal effort on Mom and Dad’s parts?
Count me in!
It was a very quick set up:
- an inexpensive vinyl shower curtain on the floor
- a plastic storage bin for warm, soapy water
- a plastic storage bin for warm, clean water
- a scrub brush from Ikea
- a measuring cup
- a boat load of toys for little hands to wash
Once she got going, Elise didn’t stop. Even getting out the timer to help with transition didn’t make a dent.
She would have continued cleaning until she passed out!
Look at all the blocks she washed!
The cars are now part of our toy rotation, and when she sees them you can be sure that not too far behind the “yay, cars!” exclamation is, “Can we car wash?”
We sure had a lot of fun with this activity and it was so very easy to set up and put away that we will definitely be having another toy wash soon.
Do you have any nuggets of wisdom for us to best help Elise learn how to contribute to the family? Let us know in the comments section – we love hearing from you!