Activities of Daily Living
Helping around the house is a great way for children to feel like they are part of the team. Whether they are cleaning up their toys or setting the table, participating in these activities of daily living helps kids feel independent and capable. Pitching in and helping family members is good for them. You could build activities into a daily schedule. The following are examples of some activities you may try.
Picking up toys
Putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket
Putting utensils and napkins on the table for a meal
Helping to organize books, games, videos, etc..
Setting the table
Making the bed
Clearing the table
Helping prepare meals and snacks
Wiping off the counters
Wiping off the table after meals or snacks
Putting dirty dishes into the sink or dishwasher
Feeding the pets
Walk to sink
Turn on water
Put soap on hands
Turn off water
Get towel or paper towel
Place towel back on counter (if paper, dispose of paper towel)
Correctly set out plates, forks, spoons, (maybe) knives, cups, and napkins for each place setting at meals.
Print this hand washing visual and hang it near your sink to assist your children in following each of the steps. You can sing a song to encourage them to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds!