My good - and super smart - friend Carrie - aka Oliver's momma - recently sent me a great idea she stumbled upon here, we'll call this the original idea post.
The basic idea is to use visual chore cards to remind your kiddos of tasks that need to be done. Cards are laid out or displayed, and as they do their chores, you put the cards in the "done" spot (or flip over the card).
I love the idea of giving toddlers - even as young as my 27 month old - some responsibilities. And I love the idea of having a VISUAL cue rather than hearing my own voice remind/ask/nag constantly; guessing my toddler could use a break from that as well. The cards will also serve as a reminder to me that these are tasks Natalie can do for herself, things I don't need to control. I am certain this will take some time (and training) to implement, but it seems like an idea worth trying!
My plan is to take photos this week (see the original idea post) and start one upstairs and one downstairs task ... just to see how it goes.
My List of Possible Toddler Tasks:
Upstairs (displayed in her room):
- put dirty clothes in the basket
- choose socks from the drawer
- put away bath toys
- brush teeth (with help)
Downstairs (displayed on side of fridge):
- take off shoes and put away
- wash hands when returning home / before meals (with help)
- park play stroller and cart
- put away Little People
- put away crayons / craft supplies
Carrie's List of Toddler Tasks:
- brush teeth
- put cars in the car bucket
- clear dishes
- put shoes and coat away after school
- clothes in the laundry
What task is your toddler ready for? Is this an idea you can see yourself trying? Do you already do something like this that works great? Please share!