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Free Printable: Chores for 2-3 Year Olds

There are lots of opinions out there about whether or not kids should do chores, which chores are appropriate, and whether or not kids should get paid for them.

I think the most important thing is that kids do as much for themselves as they can. Sure, many times it’s a lot easier to just do it myself. But as much as possible I ask the kids to do any jobs they’re capable of. I want them to learn to take care of themselves so that they’re not the kid at college who doesn’t know how to do laundry, or the young adult who doesn’t know how to cook pasta.

I’ve also been very surprised by how much my kids enjoy helping around the house (once I get past the initial resistance, which happens every time I initiate a new task). I think they feel good and important and capable when they can do some of these jobs. I recently taught my 14-year-old how to wash dishes (I know, way too late, but I’m trying), and he told me he thought it was a very good thing that he knew how to do that now! I agreed with him.

To get you started, here are chores that are appropriate for a 2-3 year old.

Use these age appropriate chore lists to create a chore chart that's just right for your kids. There are lots of good ideas here!

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If you need to make some changes to this list, you can easily edit it here. Click on the text next to any picture to change it, or drag and drop items on and off of the list or to a new position in the list.

I’ve had a lot of feedback from people saying these chores are too much for a 2-3 year old to handle. Of course they won’t be able to do all of these tasks WELL, but they can certainly try, and you may be surprised by what they can actually do, and how much more they can learn by trying. Maybe at first the best they can do is pull their blankets up (messily) after they climb out of bed. That’s a great start!

What about you? Do you have a child this age, and can they (or do they?) do any of these tasks?

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Free Printable: Lunch Box Checklist

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Try this lunch box checklist to help your kids pack their own healthy lunch. There are lots of great reasons to do this!

  • Learning independence. An important job for every parent is to teach their kids life skills that will help them take care of themselves. Click here to read more.
  • Learning about nutrition. Helping your kids develop healthy eating habits can be tricky. This visual representation is great for teaching kids about the food groups and helping them understand how to eat a balanced meal. Learn more.
  • You don’t have to do it for them! A little more time to finish that coffee would be great, right?

Your kids can pack a healthy lunch all by themselves with the Lunch Packing Checklist. You can choose the categories that make sense for your family, and customize the options to match your kids’ tastes and the contents of your refrigerator.

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If this list isn’t exactly what you need, you can use The Trip Clip® website to make it just right for your family.

How old are your kids? Do they pack some or all of their lunch themselves? Tell me in the comments below!

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Free Printable: Basketball Bingo

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Bingo is a great way to keep the kids entertained in many situations. This Basketball Bingo Board will help keep siblings entertained during basketball games.

Bingo is a great way to keep the kids entertained in many situations. This Basketball Bingo Board will help keep siblings entertained during basketball games. 

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Want to print more? You can generate new basketball themed bingo boards, or even edit individual squares, by going to The Trip Clip website.

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Free Printable: After School Screen Time Rules

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

This printable will help you set boundaries around screen time during those tough after school hours.

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If this list isn’t exactly what you need, you can use The Trip Clip® website to add items, change the pictures, or edit the words.

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The Best of 2017

This was a busy year for The Trip Clip. I worked hard on promoting my products on social media, and on making the picture checklists available on mobile devices. Stay tuned in 2018, because those mobile lists should be ready very soon!

Here are a few Trip Clip highlights from 2017:

Number of Countries Where The Trip Clip is Used: 43

In 2017, customers from more than a dozen new countries made Trip Clip purchases, including Colombia, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Greece, Netherlands, Chile, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Malta, Iceland, and Malaysia.

In 2017, customers from more than a dozen new countries made Trip Clip purchases, including Colombia, Latvia, Puerto Rico, Greece, Netherlands, Chile, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, Malta, Iceland, and Malaysia. Many of these users are English speakers living in other countries, but some of these customers are using The Trip Clip's ability to enter your own text to make lists in their own languages!

Many of these customers are English speakers living in other countries, but some of them are using The Trip Clip’s ability to enter your own text to make lists in their own languages!

Make a grocery list in any language!

Most Popular Activity in 2017: Morning Checklist

This printable picture checklist is by far my most popular activity. Getting everyone out the door on time in the mornings is apparently a universal problem!

Get organized for back to school with this drag and drop morning routine maker.

Most Popular Social Media Post in 2017: Chores By Age

This chart has been shared on social media (primarily pinterest) tens of thousands of times. I think parents often struggle to know what chores they should be asking their kids to do.Use these age appropriate chore lists to create a chore chart for your kids. I like to pick 1 or 2 new chores each year to add my kids’ responsibilities. There are lots of good ideas here!

Most Popular Customer Spotlight in 2017: Magnetic Cookie Sheet Checklists

In 2017 I started featuring customers who shared their Trip Clip pictures with me. This post showing how Kelli from Idaho made magnetic checklists using cookie sheets was the most popular:

“My kids were really excited to see their to do charts! We are now ready for school to start!” — Kelly

Kelli from Idaho made magnetic checklists using cookie sheets:  “My kids were really excited to see their to do charts! We are now ready for school to start!

 

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For Special Needs Families

I have been very happy to find that The Trip Clip has been helpful to special needs families.  Here are just a few of the kind words they have sent me over the years!

I have been very happy to find that The Trip Clip has been super helpful to special needs families.  Here are just a few of the kind words they have sent me over the years!

Click here to learn more about how The Trip Clip® can help special needs families.

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Crossword Puzzles For All Ages

The Trip Clip lets you easily print crossword puzzles for all ages. The are a fun and educational way to keep the kids entertained while you travel. Young kids can practice first letter sounds, older kids will practice spelling and logic!

Fun and educational - keep the kids entertained while you travel. Young kids can practice first letter sounds, older kids will practice spelling and logic! Fun and educational - keep the kids entertained while you travel. Young kids can practice first letter sounds, older kids will practice spelling and logic!

 

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