My son is two and a half and we are expecting another baby in a few months. I would like to start my son on doing some small chores around the house to help him develop a sense of responsibility/independence. We currently have him clean up his own toys (although that doesn't always work) and he takes his dinner plate to the sink. Other than that, I am at a loss… what chores work well for young children?
Well, at 2.5, I think he's doing pretty well with the toy cleanup and dish clearing! I think, at that age, just reinforcing the concept that "families work together" and "we all pitch in" is good enough.
As for specific chores, however, many folks here have mentioned two popular tools: the spray bottle and rag (good for "cleaning" the table or dishwasher front, and the Swiffer (good for "sweeping"). Sorting clean socks while you're folding laundry might work well, too.
Any other ideas? How early did you start your kids with chores, and what did you start them with?