My Life of Travels and Adventures: Simple Toddler (Dishwasher) Chore Chart

Simple Toddler (Dishwasher) Chore Chart

30 September 2014

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Printable Easy Toddler Chore Chart
Let's start with some facts.  1.  I hate washing dishes.  2. I love having a dishwasher.  3. I dislike unloading the dishwasher.  4. I have a toddler.  5. I use that toddler to do the things I dislike.  Yup.  Reid "helps" me with unloading the dishwasher each morning.  
Let's rewind and talk about my love and need for a dishwasher... 

When we bought our old house, one of the very first things we did was to redo the entire kitchen.  Mostly because it was not functional and had yellow wall paper everywhere.  One of our first purchases for our new kitchen was new appliances, including a dishwasher.  Because, in my world, every kitchen needs one.  

Last year, when we sold the house, moved to NY and into a rental... our kitchen had no dishwasher.  And we let the dishes pile up until we were out of cups, or plates, or something before they would get washed.  It was bad.  Really bad. 

Our current rental house has a new dishwasher in it and I couldn't be happier.  I have never ever ever been a fan of hand washing dishes.  Its just not my cup of tea.  So, pretty much everything we own in dishwasher safe and gets washed by the dishwasher.  Pots, pans, cookie sheets...  Oh and I am not a pre-rinse before the dishwasher kind of gal either.  Whatever is on the dishes goes...

So I rely on the dishwasher detergent to do all the cleaning and hard work.  That's were Finish Dishwasher Cleaner comes in.  Ever since purchasing our very first dishwasher 8 years ago, I have always used Finish Dishwasher Cleaner so that I don't have rinse or scrub any of the dishes.  Ever. 
And now that Reid is getting old enough and likes helping... I am capitalizing on it and having him help put away some of the dishes from the dishwasher with me.  

However, not to make it all fun and games... We do use a simple chore chart when unloading the dishwasher. 
After, I take out the knives and miscellaneous spatulas, serving spoons and such, Reid unloads the silverware and his plates for me.  
We count each item as we go and then place a tally mark next to it on the chart.  When we are all done we count the tally's and then I write the corresponding number and I make a dot version for Reid to trace.  
As for the whole tracing thing, well so far he is good a 0, 8, 1, 11, 7.  You know pretty much lines and circles... But we are working on it.  

This whole thing is a win win for me.  At least until they invent dishwasher that also put away your clean dishes.   I get help unloading the dishwasher, Reid is having fun and learning while doing it.  Point for Mom!
You want in on the action too?

1. The Chore Chart: Well the I saved our very simple chore chart and you can print it off too.  I laminated ours and use washable dry erase markers with it. 

2. The Finish Dishwasher Detergent:  Head on over to Walmart and pick up a pack for yourself.  We are big fans of the Quantum Power + Free. 

Below is a coupon for the Finish Dishwasher Detergent and you can pair that coupon with the Rollback at Walmart on Finish Dish Detergent until October. 

As always, supervise children when letting handle the Dish Detergent.  

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