# Ways Your Preschooler can Learn Through Chores

I have three kids all under four and they love being useful, feeling needed, knowing that they contribute to our family.  And, I love to look for the sneaky ways to help my kids learn without realizing it, or without the confines of a structured environment.  Chores are a great way for my kids to contribute, for learning to occur and for us to get more done in a day.

## Sorting laundry and math skills:

• Counting, learning one-to-one correspondence, or learning that “1″ means 1 item.   Kids Love to Know explains number correspondence as, “how to point to only one object when they are counting and to stop counting when all objects have been touched.”  Laundry piles are a great way to physically experience numbers and quantity while contributing to the family!
• Recognizing and creating sets.  We are working on folding our clothes together in bundles (see tip post).  My kids are learning which colors and clothes “clash” and create sets of top, bottom and accessories, with their clothes.
• Differentiation and similarities comparisons.  Example: Daddy has a shirt, Z has a shirt.  Daddy’s shirt is bigger but both are shirts and both are  folded the same way.  Or,  we may have a contest and my daughter’s pile is bigger than my son’s (or smaller than).  Recognizing quantities is a pre-math requirement.
• Matching socks.  We can play the make-a-match card game… or we can play make-a-match with socks!  I prefer the second.  I detest socks and love the fact that my kids match them together.  Now we are working on their motor skills.  Hopefully, they will begin folding them soon!

Do you have any tips on how to include kids into doing chores?  Have you blogged about chores in your household?  I’d love to read about your kids successes and hear what chores they participate do in your home.  Submit your story to our blog carnival.  I’ll feature my favorites sometime next week!

An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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1. Great tips. I could see my daughter really getting into this. Need to work on my son…I will definitely need the sneaky approach.

Holly

2. maura says:

This is a really good idea. And I always can use a head (and some motivation) with cleaning!

3. maura says:

opps, I meant Hand not head

Haha… I could use a clear head too!

It is an interesting activities for kids and it will give them good feelings in helping his mom. I just curious, do you give them a little gift for each of them after doing it or just give them applause? Some kids have learned to do something after knowing they will get a present.

No presents or excessive praise here at our house. We just have the expectation, and occasional chuckles at their haphazard accomplishments.

5. Cynthia says:

Love these ideas! Thanks!!!

Cynthia

6. Brooke says:

Great ideas! My kids also love to help but when they know it is a chore they tend to run and hide. I will try your ideas when we do laundry today.
Brooke
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