Tuesday, August 27

Homekeeping with Children...

I've been thinking up little things that I know that the little ones will enjoy working on in our home throughout the year.  They enjoy homekeeping tasks very much and I want to encourage that!  My goal is to be home more and limit our time out and about for most school days (though we are planning to have one day a week that involves being away from home for several hours for a class or two).  With that in mind, I've been working on a list of things that I know that the they will enjoy working on...  especially when it gets chilly and we want to be cozy in our warm house!

Kitchen Work
Peeling and chopping potatoes
Using the apple factory to prepare apples for a dessert
Washing dishes by hand
Oiling wooden spoons and the cutting board
Dipping candles for birthday cakes
Making butter
Baking bread
Baking muffins and other treats
Preparing a simple meal
Tidying up after meals
Using a nutcracker 
Making popcorn from scratch

Outdoor Work
Carrying and Stacking firewood that Papa chops
Raking leaves
Indoor plant care
Filling birdfeeders and birdbaths
Sweeping the porch
Washing the porch swing

Home Keeping Work
Making beds
Hanging wet laundry to dry
Folding and putting away clean laundry
Folding washcloths
Polishing wooden toys
Pencil Sharpening
General tidying of bedrooms and playroom

What other things would you add to this list?


willfulmina said...

You forgot scrubbing floors with a toothbrush.

MamaBirdEmma said...

Don't knock my list, Sister! In a few years you'll be referring to it for Lulu!

Lucy said...

Cleaning windows? Weeding? Washing skirting boards? Ironing napkins (our 6 and 9 year olds love this). Oh and cracking eggs!! You can't forget cracking eggs!

Mary Ann said...

As Lucy said, ironing napkins or cloth handkerchiefs. My mom started us ironing hankies around age 6.

The little ones in my house have enjoyed gathering the small trashcans and then emptying them into the larger one.

Transferring the laundry from washer to dryer--a step stool for older children or just handing wet laundry to littler ones and letting them fill the dryer. Also, unloading the dryer into the laundry basket.

Dusting or wiping down furniture and toys is something else they can do!

This is a great list!

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