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 and 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.

 

Ages 2 & 3

throwing away trash

folding washcloths

wiping down the fronts of cabinets and appliances

putting toys away

helping to set the table

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ages 4 & 5

helping to empty the dishwasher

helping to clean their bedroom

folding towels

clearing the table

wiping walls and baseboards

sweeping the floor with a small broom and dustpan

 

 

 

 

 

Ages 6 & 7

sweep floors

fold laundry and switch laundry from washer to dryer

unload the dishwasher

do light dishes (handwash)

wipe down the sink, toilet, and mirror in the bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

Ages 8 & 9

wash dishes

dust

vacuum

take out the trash

help with meals

help with yard work

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ages 10 to 12

mow the lawn

do the laundry

make simple meals

tidy cluttered spaces

mop floors

wash and clean out the car

 

 

 

 

 

Ages 13 & Up

watch siblings

clean the bathroom

make dinner

help with spring cleaning  and deep cleaning

all previously listed chores

 

 

 

 

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