This new LG washer and dryer has caught the attention of more than just me in our house. My newly-minted five year old, Bennett, thinks the high-tech machines are so cool and loves helping out with the laundry because of it. Yes, it’s true, when the kiddos help, it often takes more time to complete the chore at hand, but overall it’s a worthwhile experience. Allowing my children to help along side me teaches them respect for our beautiful home and appreciation for the amount of time invested in keeping our house clean and orderly. Here are five ways we’ve been getting the boys involved in our laundry chores.
1) Sorting clothes by color/type.
Ask your children to create piles of clothes based on the color and then have them help you decide which is a dark load and which is a light load. This is a great job/game for younger children who are learning to recognize their colors.
2) Measuring laundry detergent.
This great way to talk about some basic math concepts can get a little messy, so I recommend measuring over a towel, that way if a little bit spills, you can save the soap.
3) Cleaning the lint trap.
Who doesn’t love cleaning out the lint trap, especially after a big load of towels? Our new front control steam dryer has the lint trap at the bottom of the door so it’s perfect height and location for my son to operate. He enjoys this task so much that he is upset if I absent-mindedly clean it before he has a chance to help out. Yep. He CRIES if he can’t help me. Hilarious, right?
4) Matching socks.
This task takes time for anyone folding the laundry, so I appreciate the extra set of hands. I do a little pre-work for my boys and make sure I put all of the patterned socks in one big pile for them to sort though. They can usually pair and fold at least four or five pairs each by the time I’m finished folding the rest of the load. Truly a big help!
5) Putting away stacks of clothes.
Small stacks are best: it’s quite deflating when a big stack of folded t-shirts takes an accidental tumble to the floor. We’ve begun sorting my older son’s clothes into one basket and asking him to do his best to put them away in the appropriate drawer. It’s a sorting game after all, so make it fun, and they are happy to play along.
Do you have your children help you out around the house? I’d love to hear some more ways to get the kids involved!
Author: Candace Thomas