Dish washing: two words that adults moan & groan about yet preschoolers find such fun in completing the task.
Big E will be so focused and I do enjoy watching him concentrate, develop hand eye coordination, pay attention to the little details, doing things in order and strengthening his fine motor skills such as wringing the water out from the kitchen towel.
Of course my helper or myself could easily do it too, and finish the task faster.
But that’s not the whole point for a 3 year old.
Montessori talks about “The Sensitive Period”, where learning certain things for a child is at his peak and he will soak it in and simple enjoy the learning process. The purpose of getting Big E to do chores around the house is not for the sake of doing chores. It’s about him learning independence and to be a responsible adult when he grows up.
Here’s a great list of age appropriate chores for children. You can print out this free printable from Flanders Family.
Image taken from Flanders Family website.
Big E doesn’t do everything on the list. For certain chores that he does, it is also not compulsory for him to do it every single day. Some days, he doesn’t want to do it and certain tasks like helping me fetch diapers & wipes for his baby brother, sometimes he does it, sometimes he don’t.
Be prepared that they will take longer to complete the chores and it may not be perfectly done. Be ever encouraging!
Most of all, have fun with your child!