Regrettably, the days of kids learning basic cooking, sewing, personal finance, and general life skills in school have all but vanished — I still don’t know how to change the oil in my own car!
This Home Economics Sequencing activity then is a bit of a throwback to help preschoolers identify the proper order of some of life’s most basic, but also most essential, tasks. It’s also a super clever way to secretly encourage young children to help with chores around the house. But maybe you should keep them away from the motor oil for a few more years!
What You’ll Need
- Home Economics Sequencing Activity Sheets (optional)
I’ve provided a few activity sheets with five home ec examples to sequence — Frying an egg and doing the dishes, doing the laundry and making the bed, and setting the table — but you can certainly photograph your own in-home chores and responsibilities in stages, as I have done, to provide your little ones with a glimpse of not only what you do when you’re not working and/or taking care of them, but also the order in which you do it all!
How To Play
Jumble up each set of photographs and ask your preschooler to sequence them correctly. Later, ask them to help you do the chores in the proper order—maybe even pretend that you can’t remember how to make the bed or do the laundry and that you REALLY need their sequencing help! You’ll never have kids so excited to help around the house.
Using the same home ec photographic idea, assemble a series of before and after photos into a thoroughly original memory game. For example, the before and after pictures of snow shoveling, lawn mowing, weeding the garden, boiling water, and so on. Have your child play memory with the photos, pairing up the before shot with the after to make a memory match!