My son Rowan is now 2.5 years old and lately just loves to "help" out around the house. I should really make the most of this attitude as I'm sure it won't last long.
Here is the list of things toddlers seem to like to help with.
- Washing Up - this is really just an excuse to splash about in the water.
- Laundry - pairing socks & climbing into the washing basket provides great entertainment.
- Cleaning - vacuuming is a favourite for some unknown reason.
- Cooking - assisting with preparing meals, or especially desserts is a great opportunity to get their hands dirty and do some taste testing along the way.
- Gardening/Washing Car - usually involves getting wet and/or muddy and so of course that is always fun.
- DIY - getting a tool box out and fixing things is beyond exciting.
This is probably why a lot of the children's toys you see now involve household tasks such as shopping, cooking, ironing and DIY. Toddlers like to copy their parents and be a grown up.
These items aren't the smallest or easiest things to include in a gift basket, plus many children probably have them already after pestering their poor parents/grandparents into buying them.
However, Orchard Toys board games are a great alternative as they offer ones such as "Shopping List" and "Crazy Chefs" which allow kids to play at this, while learning at the same time. They also offer education jigsaws for younger kids such as "In My House" and "Transport".
What do your kids like to "help" you with around the house? Or what is their favourite household inspired toy?