Now that I am a mom with four children there is a fair amount of food that falls on the kitchen floor each day. My five year old often wants to help. So, I will sweep the crumbs into a pile and then my son will use a small dustpan and hand broom set from the dollar store to finish the job. He thinks it is a fun game. Wouldn’t life be so much nicer if we all looked at mundane household tasks through the eyes of a preschooler?
My toddler likes to help, too. My parents got him a cute cleaning set for his birthday that he enjoys. While it is often easier to do a job like sweeping the kitchen floor yourself, don’t forget that when your child helps you he or she is learning. Your child will learn cooperative skills, how to complete household tasks, and will develop his or her motor skills while trying to get the crumbs into the dust pan.
So, try letting your child be your “dust pan boy or girl”. You might be surprised at how much your child will enjoy helping you.