Chores for Kids by Age

Most kids nowadays are spoiled. More often than not, they don’t know how to do the laundry or know how to cook until they go to college and have to do it all for themselves. Sometimes, they don’t learn at all.  I even know some people who still let their mothers do their laundry even if they are fully grown adults!

Toddlers often are eager to help around the house. But, we parents usually tell them “no”, because it will be more convenient for us if we do the chores ourselves. Not to mention, faster and cleaner. “No, you’re too young.” “Maybe when you’re older.” Sound familiar?

You don’t have to start by making them do laundry or mow the lawn. Start small. Kids as young as two years old can help around the house. It’s important to keep chores age appropriate.

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The University of Arkansas System (pdf)

created an age appropriate chore chart. Use this list as a guide when deciding what chore to give your kids.

Here are some ideas of chores for kids by age:

2-3 years old

  • put away toys
  • dress, undress themselves
  • help set the table
  • carry own dishes to sink

ages 4+

  • straighten bed
  • water plants
  • sort and fold clothes
  • prepare simple snacks

ages 6+

  • sweep, vacuum floors
  • put away own laundry
  • dust furniture, wipe counter and sink
  • rake leaves

ages 8+

  • take out trash
  • mop floor
  • put away groceries
  • wash dishes

ages 10+

  • do laundry
  • supervise younger siblings
  • clean kitchen/bathroom
  • change bed linens

Giving your kids chores is a good thing. It will help them gain important life skills that will help them through life. It will teach them respect and responsibility, and self-discipline.

When I was pregnant with my second child, my eldest wanted to help and I let her. She would  wash the dishes and clean the living room. It was only the two of us in the house back then so it wasn’t really hard work. She was 6 at that time. She was so proud when she finishes, she asks me to take a picture of her to send it to her dad. My hubby works abroad.

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Ate doing the dishes

Completing tasks will give them a sense of accomplishment and will help develop their confidence. They will feel that they contribute as a member of the family. They will learn how to work well with others and this will help with their social skills.

Chores will benefit children and parents alike. You’ll have more to time to spend together.

How do you get your kids to do chores around the house?  How do you motivate them? Tell me in the comments below.

10 thoughts on “Chores for Kids by Age

  1. I try to have my kids help around the house. The 2 year old is learning how to put his toys away and clothes in the hamper and dishes in the sink. The 5 year old is actually pretty good with using a broom and cleaning up and using baby wipes to wipe down light switches, doorknobs, etc.

    1. Kids can be really helpful when we let them. My one year old always try to copy what I do, like folding clothes. She can’t do much, but atleast she’s trying.

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