Meaningful Work for Young Children

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Sometimes I catch myself distracted by busy-ness. But within the seemingly mundane daily chores lay the opportunities to learn and model mindfulness. To live each moment in joyful presence is the goal, is it not? My children naturally gravitate towards me as I flow from task to task. Oftentimes they are happy to just be close to me while they are immersed in their own imaginative games and play but sometimes they are eager to be involved and to busy their hands with meaningful work.
~meaningful, engaging and joyful work
for early childhood~

In the garden 
Raking the leaves
Planting seeds
Picking vegetables
Picking flowers for the house
Watering the garden
Weeding
Feeding animals
Collecting eggs (if you’re lucky enough to have quails or chickens)
Putting scraps in the compost

Housework
Play ironing
Folding doll clothes, facecloths, cloth napkins and towels
Sweeping and mopping
Using the dustpan
Putting rubbish in the bin
Passing the pegs to you to hang the clothes
Taking turns with the vacuum
Sprinkling bi-carb in the bathtub and giving it a scrub (a favourite around here)
Rubbing wooden furniture and toys with beeswax polish
Spraying and wiping windows and mirrors (white vinegar and water spray bottle)

In the Kitchen
Setting the table
Washing the dishes
Scrubbing potatoes
Cutting soft vegetables and fruits with a dull knife
Spinning salad
Making muffins
Kneading dough
Rolling out pizza dough
Putting pizza toppings on the dough
Grating cheese
Husking corn
Shelling peas
Peeling and/or grating carrots
Peeling potatoes

Children take such pride in their work. Helping out not only gives them confidence but also provides strong a sense of rhythm throughout the day. For more examples of meaningful work you can refer to this wonderful article with suggestions.

Click here for your FREE printable list of meaningful jobs and tasks for young children.

2 Responses to Meaningful Work for Young Children

  1. Yes, I am minful mostly and on a rare occasion I can truly feel the joy in a simple task- mostly when I am not busy thinking about all the other things I have to be doing or should be doing and am truly focused in on that moment and that one thing. Sundays are my best day to practice this as I have help from Brad and I feel like I can let go a bit. x Meagan.

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