Learning when and how to set up chores for kids can be a challenge. If you are like most parents, let me help guide you with these 36 age appropriate chores for kids by ages!
Depending on their age, kids can start helping out with household chores and tasks as early as two years old. These chores and tasks range from making their bed to picking up their toys.
When assigning chores, it’s critical that we keep our children’ ages and abilities in mind. With the right training and encouragement, you’d be surprised what your kids can accomplish. Below some age appropriate chore list ideas below to consider for your home.
Age appropriate chores for kids age 2-3 years old
- Make Bed
- Pick up Toys and Books
- Put Laundry in hamper
- Help feed pets
- Help wipe up messes
- Dust (put socks on hands)
Chores for kids age 4-5 years old
- Clear-Set Table
- Load Dishwasher
- Empty silverware from dishwasher
- Take laundry to laundry room
- Match socks & fold
- Put away laundry
- Straighten room
- Get the newspaper/mail
Chores for kids age 6-8 years old
- Empty dishwasher
- Clean bathroom sinks & counters
- Sort laundry by colors
- Help pack school lunches
- Pull weeds & rake leaves
- Water plants/flowers
- Collect trash from wastebakets
Age appropriate chores for kids age 9-11 years old
- Clean toilets
- Take trash to curb
- Mop floors
- Mow grass
- Food preparation (wash, cut, dice,measure)
- Walk pets
Chores for kids age 12+ years old
- Baby-sit siblings
- Wash windows
- Clean interior/exterior of car
- Cook simple meals
- Clean refrigerator
- Make grocery list
While our family isn’t perfect when it comes to chores, my kids are encouraged to work together to keep the house clean and organized. Having kids that can help around the house keeps the house cleaner and frees up more time for fun activities as a family.
Finally, remember to keep it fun! Most little children WANT to help out around the house. Assigning small chores like the ones listed above allow your kids to feel like a contributing member of the family.
How do you pick the appropriate chores for your kids?
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