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The kids are out of school and now it is time to whip out this Summer Chore List For Children to keep them busy! Summer is the perfect time to work with you kids on growing more responsible with their belongings. It is also a great time to teach them to be a part of a team. Summer chore lists for children aren’t designed to make your kids become your slaves They are designed to give you the ability to train your children for the future. As much as we want to think thy will be our babies forever, one day they will have to go out into the world and by giving them these tools now they will be ready when that day comes.
Summer Chore Lists For Children
Learn to do the laundry. This basic chore in life is one thing that your kids will all need to understand how to manage. For the youngest of your family, simply putting their dirty laundry in the basket may be their chore. For preschool and younger school aged children this would include sorting darks and lights before washing. We also include the reminder at this age to zip zippers, button buttons and check pockets. For older children learning how to operate your washer and dryer is important. Everyone can pitch in with folding and putting away their own clothing.
Learn to make a basic meal. A basic in life is being able to feed yourself. Teaching your kids basic cooking skills is important. At a young age that may simply be how to make a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Older children can help microwave leftovers or assist with food prep. Even older children can learn to use the stove and cook meals on their own. All of this done under appropriate supervision can create a level of confidence and skill in the kitchen that you children need to succeed in life.
Properly clean their bedroom. I use the term properly because most kids think cleaning their room means hiding the clutter so the floor appears empty. Teaching your kids to truly clean up after themselves is imperative. From putting things back where they belong, to actually doing things like dusting, vacuuming, wiping down shelves and making their bed are all important life skills. Make sure you spend some time supervising and making sure your kids do know how to properly clean their bedroom. (Yes, that is a picture of Miss Sarah’s actual room right now. To be fair, we are sorting EVERYTHING before we pack it for the move…)
Properly clean their bathroom. This includes cleaning toilets, bathtubs, counter tops, sinks, floors and mirrors. Do age appropriate chores in this area. Younger kids can use sanitizing wipes to wipe down counter tops, faucets, light switches and door handles. They can also help by emptying trash, sweeping and scrubbing in their bathtub or shower. Wait until kids are a bit older to teach them how to properly and safely clean their toilet. This includes inside the toilet bowel, the seat and around the base of the toilet. Supervise and provide non toxic cleaning agents for your kids to use.
Care for pet needs. Summer is a perfect time to train your children to care for their pets if they don’t already. This includes daily feeding, changing out water, adding more kibble to feeders and doing the dreaded potty time clean up. From scooping litter boxes to cleaning dog business from the yard, your kids can quickly learn to care for their pet themselves. This can also include play time with their dog or cats as needed. Play time is dual purpose for both the pet and child to improve their health.
These are the very basic summer chore lists for children, but they are the most valuable chores your kids will do. Learning how to to take care of their food and clothing needs will go with them the rest of their lives. Learning how to properly clean and sanitize their home will keep them safe, and create new value for their belongings. Caring for pets teaches them compassion, understanding and basic responsibility toward humanity and life.