Chores can be fun! Teach kids how to use pruners? Yes, you can! Outdoor chores for kids are an excellent way to learn real life skills and to get kids OUTSIDE! I have fond childhood memories of working in the yard. Sure, I didn’t like weeding all that much, but I remember the sunshine and how great it felt to earn an allowance. Somehow I understood that I must work hard, that work is not always fun, to be a part of a family meant to contribute to our home.
I have fond childhood memories of working in the yard. Sure, I didn’t like weeding all that much, but I remember the sunshine and how great it felt to earn an allowance. Somehow I understood that I must work hard, that work is not always fun, to be self-sufficient. My mother has some amazing parental quality about her that instilled these qualities in her children. So many of us are trying hard to raise good, productive and kind people. Our children will be good people. Still, being actively involved in that process is never a bad idea! Here are a few ways for your children to be active contributors to outdoor work around the home.
Weeding – Weeds are great because often these plants are easy to uproot. So, little hands can feel a lot of satisfaction pulling the roots from the ground. Take the time to explain why we’re pulling weeds.
Composting – We purchased an amazing Compost Bin a few weeks back. I had no idea that it’d be such a great and easy tool for the boys. We have our Counter Top Compost Bin that fills up reasonably fast. My four year old’s job is to carry it out to the larger bin out back. The bin is super easy to open and the best part is that it is super easy to rotate. My 2.5 year old’s job is to rotate the bin. Perfect.
Harvesting – Not only do children enjoy picking from the garden, they enjoy eating from it too! My four year old is already enthralled with eating lettuce straight from the garden. Win. Win.
Cutting – Believe it or not, we handed our four year old big cutters to chop trees and small plants to make way for other plants to grow. We just moved in to our home two months ago. For the past five years the area around it has been unloved so there are a lot of overgrown young trees and plants. We gave our son a lesson on safety, made him wear good shoes and gloves. He was so joyful and feels confident as he helps us around the yard. My heart melts when I see him working hard and being so happy about it.
Raking – Perfect for fall, spring and summer, purchase a kid sized rake and give him an area to clean up.
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