Ages 2 & 3

  1. throwing away trash
  2. folding washcloths
  3. wiping down the fronts of cabinets and appliances
  4. putting toys away
  5. helping to set the table

Ages 4 & 5

  1. helping to empty the dishwasher
  2. helping to clean their bedroom
  3. folding towels
  4. clearing the table
  5. wiping walls and baseboards
  6. sweeping the floor with a small broom and dustpan

Ages 6 & 7

 

  1. sweep floors
  2. fold laundry and switch laundry from washer to dryer
  3. unload the dishwasher
  4. do light dishes (handwash)
  5. wipe down the sink, toilet, and mirror in the bathroom

Ages 8 & 9

  1. wash dishes
  2. dust
  3. vacuum
  4. take out the trash
  5. help with meals
  6. help with yard work

Ages 10 to 12

  1. mow the lawn
  2. do the laundry
  3. make simple meals
  4. tidy cluttered spaces
  5. mop floors
  6. wash and clean out the car

Ages 13 & Up

  1. watch siblings
  2. clean the bathroom
  3. make dinner
  4. help with spring cleaning and deep cleaning
  5. all previously listed chores

Kids love to help out. It gives them a sense of pride and purpose, it makes them feel like they’re a part of things. It builds their confidence. It teaches them skills. It’s good motor skills practice. Helping out also gives them a sense of community, family, and others. And, having little helpers is nice for mama too! But what chores are appropriate for each age level? Here are guidelines and some ideas for chores kids can do at every age while they’re home with you.

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