Here is a list of 81 essential life skills your kids can start practicing today! Toddlers & Preschoolers \tRecite their first, middle and last name. \tPut their dirty clothes in the hamper. \tFeed and water the family pet with supervision. \tPull up and down their own pants. \tPotty on the toilet - some tips here. \tPut on their shoes or boots. \tPut on and take off their jacket. \tZip or button their clothes with some help - great tips for teaching that here. \tFold a blanket. \tThrow away their trash after a snack. \tHelp clean up their toys. \tWash their hands properly for 20 seconds \u2014 especially important right now! Here are some tips. \tBrush and floss their teeth with lots of help and supervision. \tSort the dirty laundry by colors. \tPut away clean utensils in their proper places. \tButter bread. \tHelp with cooking - here are some great tips for doing that. \tWipe up spills with a cloth. Photo courtesy of www.cdc.gov. Early Elementary \tLearn their address. \tMemorize mom and dad\u2019s phone number. \tLearn how to make an emergency phone call. \tTake out the trash. \tDust the furniture. \tClean the windows. \tWater the plants. \tPut the wet, clean clothes in the dryer. \tBrush their hair. \tPick out a coordinating outfit. \tChange a toilet paper roll. \tChange a paper towel roll. \tInsert batteries into a flashlight. \tOpen the house door with a key. \tWash vegetables and fruit. \tSet the table. \tPour their own glass of milk or juice into a cup. \tSort and ball the socks from the clean laundry. \tHelp make a grocery list. \tTie their shoes. \tGet the mail. \tRide a bike without training wheels - a great technique to try here. Late Elementary \tWrite thank-you notes. \tBrush and floss their teeth on their own - some brushing basics here. \tMake a sandwich or a simple snack. \tMake their bed. \tFold towels and put them away. \tVacuum the rug. \tWrap a present. \tWash the dishes by hand. \tLoad and unload the dishwasher. \tUse the microwave. Tweens \tRead a map and follow directions without GPS. \tAddress, stamp and mail a letter. \tUse a broom and dustpan properly. \tHaul the trash bins to the curb. \tHammer a nail and hang a picture frame. \tFold or hang clothes. \tRake leaves and put them in bags. \tPull weeds. \tRead nutrition labels and make good food choices - some tips for doing that here. \tKnow the purpose of the appliances and tools in the kitchen and how to use them. \tFeed and water the family pet independently. \tChange their sheets and bedding. \tOperate the washing machine and dryer, and know how much detergent to use. \tFold clothes and put them away. Teens \tSort, wash, dry, fold\/hang and put away laundry. \tIron out or steam a wrinkled shirt and pants. \tPrepare a simple dinner. \tClean the kitchen after making dinner. \tPlunge a clogged toilet. \tDiagnose simple illnesses, take their own temperature and learn proper medicine doses. \tMake a budget and save money - some ideas here. \tLearn what credit is and how to use it wisely - some good tips here. \tMow the lawn. \tDo simple car maintenance tasks, like check the oil. \tWork a fire extinguisher. \tPump gas. \tMemorize their social security number. \tPack a suitcase and determine what kind and how many clothes they might need for a trip. \tChange a light bulb. \tLocate and use the water shutoff valve. \tUnclog a drain.