Age Appropriate Chores for Children

It is amazing what young children take joy in doing. Here is a list of age appropriate chores for children.

  1. Never force the child – you can do these alongside each other or step in when they need help
  2. Look for child-sized brooms, mops and utensils to give the greatest success
  3. Slow down taking time to show your child how to do these tasks
  4. Keep your movements slow, and limit talking at the same time – makes it easier for them to copy you
  5. Makes chores around the house lots more fun if there is a little one alongside trying it out too
  6. Let go of perfection – you may find that the spill is not completely wiped up, there is water at the bottom of the pot plant etc.
  7. Scaffold skills – start with one step at a time and build on it
  8. Enjoy yourselves – if it starts to feel like hard work, come back to it in a couple of weeks

Simone Davies is a Montessori teacher and writer of The Montessori Notebook.