Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

It’s a good idea to get your children helping out with family chores early to help them learn responsibility and feel like a bigger part of the family. Even children as young as age two can participate in household chores. Here is a list of chores, broken up by age, that you can get your young children to start helping out with.

Ages 2-3:

  • Help make their beds
  • Pick up toys
  • Put dirty laundry in basket
  • Fill pet’s food and water bowls
  • Wipe up spills
  • Help set table

Ages 4-5:

  • Bring their things from the car to the house
  • Unload silverware from dishwasher
  • Straighten books on bookshelf
  • Carry in light groceries
  • Sweep kitchen with small broom
  • Fold towels

Ages 6-7:

  • Sort laundry
  • Put wet clothes in dryer and pull dry clothes from dryer
  • Fold laundry
  • Put laundry in drawers
  • Keep bedroom neat
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Help prepare food with supervision
  • Light cleaning of bathroom (wipe down sink, mirror, toilet)
  • Sweep floors
  • Empty indoor trashcans
  • Rake leaves

Ages 8-9:

  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Load dishwasher
  • Put away groceries
  • Mop floors
  • Help wash car
  • Wash windows
  • Clean bathroom with supervision
  • Prepare easy meals on their own
  • Take care of pets

Ages 10-12:

  • Take trash can to curb
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Watch younger siblings while parents are home
  • Tidy basement/garage
  • Clean out the car
  • Clean out the fridge
  • Change bed sheets

Ages 13+:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean tub/shower
  • Make dinner meals alone
  • Change lightbulbs
  • Babysit younger siblings

Depending on your child, some of these may make sense earlier or later, but this is a general rule of thumb for introducing chores around the home. Bringing in a chore chart around ages 4-5 is a great idea, and by age 10 your child should be doing assigned chores without prompting first.

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