Get your child used to helping out around the house from an early age with kid-friendly chores. The following chores are ideal for 4 and 5-year-olds. Pick a few for your child to do every week to establish a routine.
Make the Bed
Okay, your 4 or 5-year-old probably isn’t going to make his/her bed perfectly, but it will still look better than a completely-unmade one. Practice also helps—your child will likely be a master bed-maker by the time he/she is 6!
Moving laundry from the washer to the dryer is a simple enough task, and one that will probably excite your child due to big machines involved. If you wish to hand-dry some laundry, have the little ‘un move clothing from the washer to a laundry basket.
Set the Table
Teaching your child to set the table correctly will take some time, but it is a task well worth the effort. Count on your little shaver getting used to the procedure and improving over time. If the child needs help, don’t worry about—just show him or her the best way to create a beautifully-set table.
Clear the Table
Having your child clear the table is another great chore for little hands. Instruct the youngling to remove everything except dishes of hot food—you might find you have a fantastic kitchen helper on your hands!
Fold Washcloths & Other Small Laundry Pieces
Folding washcloths, underwear, socks, rags, and similar small laundry pieces is an easy chore for your 4 or 5-year-old. Work on helping your child fold these items neatly, as it is important to teach that jobs must not only be done, but done well.
These and other small tasks are ideal for young children—and helps you avoid that syndrome entitled “Spoiled Brat”!