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..

            Emptying wastebaskets

            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

            Watering plants


Hand Washing:

Walk to sink

Turn on water

Wet hands

Put soap on hands

Lather hands

Rinse hands

Turn off water

Get towel or paper towel

Dry hands

Place towel back on counter (if paper, dispose of paper towel)


Placemat Setting:

     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!