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Day 87: Helping with More Family Chores

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for UniversalPreschool.com.

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Helping with More Family Chores  ~

Have your child help you:

  • Clean up after craft projects by putting away crayons and paper, placing paint brushes in the sink (to be washed), and throwing away left over scrap papers. They can put away play dough (parents, make sure lids are tight).
  • Sweep floors and use a dustpan with a little help from a parent or with a child-sized broom and dustpan.
  • Clean up a spill with a paper towel or sponge.
  • Carry things into the house after shopping.
  • Make a bed reasonably well.  They can also take everything off the bed for laundry day.
  • Help prepare meals, make deserts (cakes, Jell-O, pudding, and other yummy things!) and cook under supervision.
  • Help decorate for the holidays.
  • They can help dust the areas they can reach.
  • Help with yard work:
    • Rake leaves into piles with child size yard tools.
    • Help garden by digging holes and putting plants/seeds in the ground and watering. Later they can help pick weeds and harvest veggies.
    • Help pick up litter around the yard (give them gloves for this task).
    • Clean up their yard and riding toys.
  • They can help wash the car.

Shopping

  • Select fruits and vegetables.
  • Help look for items in the store.
  • Help carry bags to and from the car.

Get innovative learning activities themed around dates of historical importance (and whimsical holidays) with “UniversalPreschool.com’s Learning Calendar!” It’s jam-packed with fun for the whole family!  Get your calendar today at: http://www.universalpreschool.com/uplearning.asp

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