Toddler Chores

From the time he started walking, my son knew to put his shoes away in the basket where we all keep our shoes. Sometimes he would even put mine away for me too. That has been his only chore until recently. He sometimes would help me clean up, but it didn’t happen very often because I’m lazy and I would just leave the toys out.

Now we have a new puppy and she likes to get into stuff so I have to be better at putting stuff away. I started by having my son put his dishes in the sink after dinner. After doing that for a few days I saw this article and realized he could be doing much much more.

This is his current chore list, although lots of times they are just bigger chores for me.

Put shoes away

Put dishes in the sink

Throw away what mommy asks

Pick up toys and books before bed

Put away dishes in “Colton’s Cupboard”

Put silverware in the drawer

Feed the dog

At just barely a year and a half he is doing great! Some things are easier for me, even if the rest are double the work that they usually are. It will pay off later though!

Preschool Activities

I recently have posted a couple of preschool activities over at Arizona Mama. With the cute little girl I watch we made some Penny Pictures and our own Memory Match. These are both great activities to do with your little ones, so take a look. I got the greatest compliment from Melissa, another writer for Arizona Mama in a comment saying that she used the penny pictures to entertain her toddler. It’s always good to hear about your ideas being used!

Click here to see the penny pictures.

Click here to see the DIY memory match.