One of the first chores that young children can learn is how to make their own bed. Here are some ideas that other parents have used to teach this chore:
Make the Bed
Draw a quilt with 30 patches. Each time your child makes her bed, let her color a patch. The goal is to complete the quilt. In the same way, you can motivate your kids to pick up their toys. Draw a toy chest and cut out 30 pictures of toys from advertisements or magazines. If your child picks up his toys at the end of the day, let him glue a picture in the toy box. The goal is to fill the chest.
— Connie Peters
Teaching Your Child to Make Her Bed
When my oldest daughter, Esther, was 4, I taught her to make her bed for her doll. After placing the doll in the bed, we would read the doll a story, and the doll would “fall asleep.” Once the doll “woke up,” Esther would pretend to feed her.
When her sister turned 4, Esther introduced the game to her. Sarah was excited to do what her big sister did, and she quickly learned to make her bed, too.
Making His Bed
It sounds simple, but when teaching my 3-year-old how to make the bed, I would tell him to find the corners of the sheets and blankets and match them to the corners on the bed. This direction helped him because he didn’t feel like he was doing a chore but solving a puzzle.
Originally published as “Chores: Making the Bed.” © 2017, 2018 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved.
“Making the Bed” authored by Connie Peters first appeared as “Chores” in the January 2008 Focus On Your Child issue of Discovery Years. “Making His Bed” authored by Evie Palmer first appeared on FocusOnTheFamily.com in 2018. Teaching Your Child to Make the Bed” authored by Lois Maina first appeared in the December 2017/January 2018 Focus on the Family magazine.