I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that you all would have taken off with this Ransom Toy Box idea! I am now going to share with you some age appropriate chores I would have my girls do! Now remember Alexis is age 5 and Allyson is age 2. A good idea if you have multiple children like I do would be to let the kids pick their favorite color of paper, and print their chores off that paper so the kids know which chores are theirs!
1) Clean her room, make sure you show the child what you expect from a clean room. Knowing mine she would go in and stuff things every where and call it a day. This is why you need to show them how it is suppose to look.
2) Make her bed, I do not know about you all, but I am not very strict on making her make her bed every day so this is a good one for my house.
3) Vacuuming: Alexis loves to help vacuum so if I could get her to vacuum two rooms that would be a great help for mommy and a good way to earn a toy back!
4) Sort, Fold, and put Laundry away. I started her around age 3 with sorting laundry just to help her learn colors and things that are alike. I occasionally now make her put her laundry away but not often because she just stuff’s it every where so in doing this chore make sure you show them what you expect out of folding and putting away the laundry.
5) Take care of her dog, she already feeds her and makes sure she has water, but to earn a toy back she would need to give her a bath and brush her.
6) Dust/ and Wipe down surfaces, she has been helping me dust for a few years now so this would be another great age appropriate chore!
7) Clear the dinner table, that explains it self, make them clean up everyone’s plate from dinner
8) Rinse off the dishes and place them in the dishwasher
1) Wipe down the outside of my cabinets, spray a little non toxic cleaner on a rag and give it to them to wipe down the cabinets
2) Clean the outside of my fridge, same idea as above spray a little non toxic cleaner on the rag then give it to them to clean with
3) Pick up stuff to put in the garbage!
4) Pick up her clothes to put in the dirty clothes basket
5) Put her sippy cups she may have out or bowls from snacks in the sink
6) Put her books away
7) Put clothes away like her socks, under wear, pajamas etc she knows where things like that belong in her drawers.
8) Help pick up her room, since her sister and her share a room I would make them do this chore together! Again show them what you expect when you say clean room.
I feel both sets of chores for the girls are reasonable and not asking anything out of the normal. I can not tell you how tired I am of having to pick up toys before bed time with them, so using this ransom toy box idea will be a good start of enforcing an important rule in my house.
The poem is from Just another day in paradise!
If you can think of any other chores to add to this list, please comment below. I would love to hear them!