At 21 months Ona still thinks cleaning up is a game and I’m not about to teach her any different. She loves to grab for the broom and get to work just like mom and dad do. Problem is most housekeeping tools are just too hard for her to maneuver. Luckily there are plenty of great child-sized housekeeping toys to choose from, some of which are actually functional too. Giving your child the right sized tools to get the job done or at least pretend to teaches them a sense of responsibility and independence. These simple tasks might seem boring to you but to a toddler they are easy to understand and mimic and are a great way for you to get work done around the house while still spending time with your child. We purchased Ona the Little Helper Broom Set pictured above from Amazon. It comes with a broom, dust pan and hand brush. Ona has her own hooks in the laundry room where she can store her tools so if she needs to sweep up she can grab her broom without moms help. Soon she will be doing the laundry! Check out the rest of these awesome housekeeping toys.
Functional Housekeeping Toys
Little Helper Broom Set
COST: Amazon $10
DIMENSIONS: 33” tall
DETAILS: 3-piece cleaning set made of plastic includes broom, hand brush and dustpan.
THOUGHTS: You really can’t beat the price.
Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House! Dust, Sweep and Mop
COST: Amazon $30
DETAILS: 6-piece wooden and plastic play set includes a wooden stand along with a broom, mop, duster, dustpan and hand brush.
THOUGHTS: Super cute design plus a stand to store everything. All the pieces function as real cleaning tools except the mop, which should stay dry.
For Small Hands
The following four products are all from For Small Hands. If you are unfamiliar with this company they sell real working tools sized down to fit kids small hands that allow them to learn and accomplish real tasks. I love that all their products are high quality and made to look just like the grown-ups versions.
Wood Handled Angle Broom
DIMENSIONS: 34.5” tall
DETAILS: Wooden handle, nylon bristles, light weight.
DINENSIONS: 33.5” tall
DETAILS: Outdoor broom for sidewalks, patios and driveways,
DIMENSIONS: 26”-37” tall
DETAILS: Fully functional sweeper works on low pile rugs and hard floors. No power needed, no noise.
DIMENSIONS: 9” tall
DETAILS: Made of wood and lambswool
Pottery Barn Kids Silver Dyson Play Vacuum
COST: Pottery Barn $59
DIMENSIONS: 9” wide x 6” deep x 27” tall
DETAILS: Colorful whirring vortex, vacuum sound, datable wand and tools and working vacuum action (minimal). Requires four C batteries not included.
THOUGHTS: Ok, so this isn’t actually a functioning vacuum but it does have some suction power. Just don’t think it’s going to get the carpet clean.
Pretend / Role Play Housekeeping Toys
Melissa & Doug Lets Play House! Vacuum Up Playset
COST: Amazon $25
DIMENSIONS: 5.5” wide x 16” deep and 19.5” tall
DETAILS: Wooden toy vacuum with 6 wooden pieces of trash to sweep up
THOUGHTS: You can use trash pieces to teach kids simple math!
Miele Toy Canister Vacuum
COST: Amazon $32
DIMENSIONS: 18” wide x 7” deep x 8” tall, almost 4lbs
DETAILS: Does not have any suction but does have lights and sound, requires four C batteries not included
Pottery Barn Clean As A Whistle Ironing Board and Iron
COST: Pottery Barn $49 (ironing board) $24 (iron)
DIMENSIONS: 9.75” wide x 16.75 deep x 20.75” tall (ironing board)
DETAILS: Ironing board is made of MDF and beechwood, features folding legs and includes 4 hangers and four clothes pins
Kidkraft Laundry Playset
COST: Amazon $95
DIMENSIONS: 29” wide x 14” deep x 37” tall
DETAILS: Made of composite wood materials, comes with functioning doors, knobs that click and turn , chalk board, pretend iron.