Chores That Teach
Toddlers are more likely to make a mess than to neaten up. So make cleaning more fun with these mind-boosting tasks:
STACK 'EM UP Have him organize books and magazines on the coffee table, according to size -- he'll learn the difference between big and small.
GET IN SHAPE Give him round, rectangular, and square plastic containers to organize; show him how they nest inside each other.
COLOR COORDINATE Teach your child how to pair socks, and to sort and match washcloth and towel sets.
START COUNTING Make a game of tidying up by asking him to count how many toys he can carry to his room at once.
LEND A HAND Let him hold a can so he's able to water plants -- it will actually strengthen his ability to balance.