Laundry is one of those chores that can be a night mare with little kids. At my house the preschooler and toddler team up to make it as difficult as possible. They dump the baskets and jump on the piles. They grab the clothes and throw them in the air ruining my piles and generally wreaking havoc all over the place.
So here are a few ways to turn that around and make laundry a teachable moment instead of a moment of craziness!
There are lots of options for learning things like colors and fine motor skill development with laundry when it comes to little ones.
- Help your child fold the matched socks together so they stay as a pair. Folding the one sock over the other to keep them together takes focus and fine motor skills that are great for little fingers to work on.
- Teach them to fold. Start with something simple like a washcloth just folded in half and then progress to harder to fold items like shirts.
- Have you child button up the shirts. If you have all different size buttons on various shirts even better.
- Of course you can always work on colors asking your child to find items of a certain color making a bit of a treasure hunt.
- Matching socks is a great way to teach them the subtle differences in pairs.
- Size comparison works great if you have several kids as they can compare the shorts, pants ect. figuring out bigger, wider, longer, ect.
These tasks can be lots of fun for the kids and they are also learning life skills, all while helping you instead of working against you. Eventually you will have a much older laundry helper who can take over the task for you or at least that is my hope!
My children have gotten to the point where they cheer when I bring out the laundry baskets. I have a large family and laundry can be daunting but excited kids help. You can read about my other laundry hacks for large families and hopefully get some great tips to help make laundry less overwhelming!
What is your biggest laundry challenge?