Over the next month or so, I’m going to post ideas of some things that “little people” can do around the house. My brothers are 4 and almost 3, and it’s nice to be able to get their help with chores sometimes! It’s good to keep in mind that while a young child might not do the job perfectly, it’s getting done, and the more they do it the better they get at it. If possible, don’t go back and “fix” what they have done. Just help them to learn do it better each time.
Daniel (age 4) loves to clean the fridge, which is a very good thing because we have two plus another stand-alone freezer!
First he gets a shoe box and fills it with all the magnets, pictures, and anything else that he takes off the fridge. Then I give him a paper towel moistened with an environmentally safe (non-toxic/no phosphates) cleaner and let him have at it! A step-stool is needed for the high parts, and while he’s there I stay near him and clean the very top that he can’t reach. I told him he could help decide what to put back onto the fridge, but he politely asked that we not. He liked the way it looked all clean and empty!