5 Chores Your Preschooler Can Safely Do


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Kids seem to have a radar for a freshly cleaned surface. Doesn’t it seem that as soon as you wipe down a dirty counter, there’s another sticky handprint in its place? Make household chores in your home safe and fun with the music turned way up and a few easy chores your preschooler can safely do to help you around the house– especially for some rockin’ spring cleaning!


Chore #1: Clean the table after meals

Give your child the task of wiping the dinner table after each meal with a non-toxic cleaning spray and dish cloth. Method, hands-down has the smells that make you smile. And I don’t know any child that doesn’t like to spray things.  If you have a wood table, they have a spray just for wood. Just awesome.


Chore #2: Spray and wipe bathroom mirror

Eliminate those annoying water spots with a non-toxic glass surface cleaner. Give your child a step stool, or let them climb on the counter (with supervision), and give them the freedom to spray and wipe like a mad man!



Chore #3: Clean counters after meals

There’s something about clean counters with a fresh smelling scent that just lift my spirits. Give your children a chance to boost your mood by wiping the counters clean with a sweet smelling spray to bring you smiles.



Chore #4: Take out the trash

Teaching your child how to take out the trash and recycle is important. And preschoolers are perfectly capable (and willing) to do this job. It’s more than just a chore, it’s an open invitation to talk about waste and how to reduce it.



Chore #5: Help load the dishwasher

Invite your child to help load the dishwasher as your dishwashing partner in crime! This is a great time-saver in dish duties, and I promise your preschooler will love this important job. You rinse the dishes, hand them off to your child to load, and now you’ve got chores and team-building wrapped into one. Check!



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5 chores your preschooler can do safely


Join the conversation!

Thanks to Method for sponsoring today’s discussion! So how about you— what cleaning chores do you give your kids? What are your biggest challenges when it comes to cleaning a messy house? Are you a fan of Method too (if so what’s your favorite scent, I love pink grapefruit)? Share it in the comments below.

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10 Responses to 5 Chores Your Preschooler Can Safely Do

  1. Laura February 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Love method! I buy this cleaner for my preschool classroom too. It makes the room smell good (trust me that is saying something!) and I can have my helpers wipe the tables without worrying about toxic chemicals. All of the varieties smell so good! I have especially enjoyed using the ginger pear scent!

    • Family Sponge February 12, 2013 at 5:53 am #

      Oooh! Ginger pear!? That sounds yummy!

  2. Joy Beyond Fifty February 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I love watching little hands clean. When you compliment their cleaning skills it builds self confidence and instills some great habits for the future too.

    • Family Sponge February 12, 2013 at 5:54 am #

      Thanks Joy! You are so right— their confidence goes up so much when they can help do things that parents typically do for them. And it gives parents a break too! It’s a win-win.

  3. Jessica February 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    This is a great list. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Teresa shere June 14, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    When I had my 2 girls and my 2 grandkids were living with us temporarily, we also had the youngest grandchild every weekend, making 5 kids. We had one help cook supper, one wash dishes, one, dried, one set and cleared the table. I would have them rotate their chores every meal. The youngest was small and wanted to help too and felt left out. So I would give her a washcloth when all was cleaned up to wash the front of the cupboards down–she was happy, and the cupboards stayed clean. When 2 more were added on the weekends, we added the chore of taking out the garbage and spli9t up the setting and clearing the table. They couldn’t wait till the rotation came around for their turn to help cook!!!

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