As you watch the video, consider ways you might enrich “helping” jobs with play and learning. For instance, you might:

  • Make laundry time into a game. As you fold laundry, little ones can find and count pairs of socks, sort laundry by color, or identify patterns on clothing.
  • Play “I Spy” when shopping for groceries. As you look for each item on your shopping list, describe it and invite kids to help by guessing what it is (“I spy a fruit that is red with seeds all over it”). Then let kids take a turn! It’ll help them build critical-thinking skills as well as occupy them while you shop.
  • Invite kids to sort silverware by type and plates by size. They can try folding napkins into different shapes like squares and triangles, or practice writing family members’ names by making and decorating place cards.