There are many fun and creative ways that you can involve your child in everyday activities that will help them grow in their independence and creative thought processes. Below are some exercises that will provide a range of activities which allow children to develop:
- Control and coordination of movement
- Awareness of environment
- Orderly thought patterns
- Independent work habits
Even at an early age, your child can help perform tasks in your home environment, such as:
Small sponge or scrub brush and a small can of cleaner with only one hole uncovered.
CAUTION: Store the cleanser out of the child’s reach. With younger children, you can apply the cleanser and they can help scrub. Or, for older children, they can apply the cleanser and do everything themselves while you just supervise.
Helping unload groceries
Place grocery bags on the floor. Let your child hand you items, or let them put things away that are within their reach. CAUTION: Be mindful of cans or other items that are too heavy for a child.
Materials: Colorful flannel cloths (cut 6”x6”), small baby’s hairbrush, and a place to put the dirty cloth. Start by showing your child the dust and asking if he/she would like to be a helper. Show him/her how to wrap the cloth around his/her fingers and slowly, carefully wipe away the dust. Show him/her how to change the position of the cloth as it collects dust. The brush can be used to get into carved furniture, nooks, and crannies.
Most children love to vacuum! Show your child how to connect the various parts of the vacuum, turn it on and off, and how to clean different parts of the rug. CAUTION: Make it very clear that an adult needs to plug the vacuum in!
Allow the child to pour drinks from a small pitcher, with only a cup of liquid. Gradually increase the amount of liquid as the child is older and more dexterous.
Setting the table
Hand them one item at a time, and later set one full place and allow the child to replicate it for remaining place settings. Then, finally, allow them to do the whole process on their own.
Folding and putting clothes away
A great way your child can help is by being responsible for folding and putting away his or her clothes. Show him/her how to fold various types of clothing, and where the appropriate drawer is for each item. Also teach him or her how to sort dirty clothes to be washed.
- Washing/drying dishes
- Raking leaves
- Watering plants
- Washing the car
- Gift wrapping
- Decorating for holidays
The point is that you can find plenty of simple tasks around the house that your children will enjoy doing with you. Remember, children learn better when participating with someone they love.
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