Can someone give me some ideas for chores for a 4 1/2 year old

United States
December 22, 2006 7:11am CST
Right now she is helping her 8 year old sister clean up her floor in the bedroom. Thanks in advance.
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• United States
24 Dec 06
My grandson loves to set the table for meals. He also will sweep and mop. The job isn't 100%, but he does enjoy it.
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• United States
24 Dec 06
cool, thanks for your response, and have a merry christmas!!
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Here are some ideas I have: Pick up her own toys, help set the table, help clear the table.
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• United States
23 Dec 06
great ideas! thank you!
@GardenGerty (98217)
• United States
22 Dec 06
She can learn to set and clear the table. Get the serving utensils for food on the table. Have her use a little dust brush and dust pan to sweep up crumbs. Pick up her own dirty clothes and get them to the hamper. Fold towels, or especially wash cloths. Dust anything she can reach. Sort and put away silverware. Throw away junk mail.She is of an age she will like to help.
• United States
22 Dec 06
all great ideas. Her older sister does alot of that. She does help me with the dishes. I'm trying to get them both to help out more. Thanks
@Tanika (632)
• Australia
22 Dec 06
Heya, Maybe set chores will be a but hard for her but i dont see whats wrong with her giving a general hand around the house. I ask my three year old to help me fetch the dirty clothes and put them in the machine. and she 'tries' to help with the sweeping. I also let her rinse the dishes as we have a double sink, i wash them then she stacks them to be dried. in fact she will 'try to help with just about any chore i ask her too. it is surely the thought that counts, and teaching her to be productive. Tanika.
• United States
22 Dec 06
yes, thanks. My four year old does help with the dishes. That is the one thing I can get her to do. She will help with the baking ...(who wouldn't) And on occassion she will want to set the table. Thanks for your response.
@disvachic (10123)
• United States
22 Dec 06
wow at 4? she can wipe the kitchen table off if thats not to much
• United States
22 Dec 06
do you think I am being too harsh in giving her chores? It is not fair for her older sister to always pick up her messes, or me to pick up both...and hubbys. They both need to learn to be neater....and be more respectful of the house, and not be so messy. They need to care!