This is one of the chores they always enjoy doing. Not only do they have fun and learn to take some responsibility, there’s lots of learning going on too.


  • Duvet cases
  • Pillow cases
  • Sheets


It’s a great fine-motor exercise with all the duvet case buttons.

Not to mention the gross motor skills, with all the tug-of-war style removal of the duvets and pillow cases.

They always collapse in giggles, doing their best ghost impressions as they put the duvet back in a new cover.

I love watching them have fun whilst learning life skills.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

ELG 05 – Health and self-care:

Children manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully.

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG 08 – Making relationships:

Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.