Making chore time fun doesn’t have to be a battle of wills! In fact, you can actually learn how to make chores fun if you start early enough! Plus, a free Chore Chart printable at the end of this post!
Getting Kids Started With Chores
How to Make Chores Fun for Kids!
With all the running around happening in my house it’s imperative that my kids pitch in and help out with the chores. Not only does it make my life easier but it gives them a sense of satisfaction with a job well done and teaches them responsibility. The key to getting your kids involved with helping out with the chores is making it fun for their age. You have to find age appropriate chores that challenge them just enough but don’t cause them to become frustrated because it’s too hard.
My daughter, Kenzie, is two but she wants to do everything her big brother, Logan (5) does. For the most part, she’s able to keep up with him and catches on to fun games FAST! But, when it comes to chores…it’s not quite so simple because she is so much smaller than him and she gets frustrated quite easily. So I have to make sure they each have their own age appropriate chores and we make a game out of it.
For ages 3 and under I highly suggest sticking with simple, easy to supervise tasks like: feeding pets, picking up toys, sorting socks by color, putting laundry in the dryer (I hand it to her and she tosses it in then presses the button to start). These tasks use broad motor skills and are easy for parents to explain. Picking up the toys has been the most challenging because she needs more direction like “pick up the dolls and put them to bed”, or “pick up all of the blocks and put them in the bin”.
For ages 4-6 I typically have more complex tasks that makes my son think a little harder. His tasks include: making the bed, unloading the dishwasher, sorting laundry, dusting, and wiping down the windows. Logan REALLY wants to mop and vacuum but he’s not physically able to yet. Those types of chores need a bit more upper body strength than he has right now.
Over age 7 there’s really not much that’s off limits inside other than cooking and mowing the grass….which I let them both do with me but I wouldn’t trust them in the kitchen alone until they’re much older. Once Logan turns 7 I’ll start teaching him how to vacuum, mop, clean the bathrooms, do laundry, etc.
Make It a Game with ‘Chore Hour’
Once you decide WHAT jobs you’re going to give the kids you have to then turn chores into a fun game that the kids will want to do. Every day before I start cooking dinner we have ‘Chore Hour’. At 4pm I’ll turn on the radio to fun upbeat music and we’ll rush around and see if we can complete all of our chores in an hour. The kids actually look forward to Chore Hour each day because I make it an atmosphere of fun and togetherness.
They also know that after a 5 days of completing ‘Chore Hour’ as a family then they’ll get a special treat over the weekend. I use the KidzTokenz app but any reward tracking app will do just fine. Each day we have a successful ‘Chore Hour’…meaning there’s no fighting about not wanting to do chores, most of the chores get done, and we all work together- then they can add a star to the reward tracking app on my phone. Each week we have a special treat that we’re working toward like pizza for dinner, ice cream after church, a trip to the zoo, etc.
By encouraging children to start helping with chores as early as possible you’re signifying it as a way of life. Having the kids help out does make simple tasks take a bit longer in the beginning but as they learn, the help becomes invaluable! Being a work at home mom I need all the help I can get in keeping the house clean. Plus, the kids are less likely to make a big mess if they know that they’re going to be the ones cleaning it up later!!
Do you have any tips for how to make chores fun for kids? Share in the comments below!
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