Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

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Start children young with household chores! Children can from a very young age be helpful around the house. The earlier they start doing chores, the earlier they will be able to master these tasks and the easier it will be for you in the long term! Here is a list of age appropriate chores.

Ages 2,3 & 4

  •  Hang clothes on hooks.
  • Straighten bed covers.
  • Picking up toys and books
  • Put laundry (clothes) in hamper.
  • Pick up bedroom.
  • Undress and dress self with some help.
  • Brush teeth, with help
  • Help carry groceries (light non -breakable)

Ages 5, 6 & 7

  • All the above chores
  • Make bed
  • Bring in mail
  • Help to take care of pet – clean water and food
  • Clean bedroom
  • Put dirty clothes in laundry basket
  • Help put away groceries
  • Help with mealtimes – cleaning dishes and setting table

Ages 8, 9 & 10

  • All the above chores
  • Personal hygiene
  • Help sweep / vacuum
  • Help make meals
  • Clear away after meals
  • Load and empty dishwasher
  • Fold laundry
  • Brush teeth
  • Take care of pet
  • Put away groceries
  • Prepare simple breakfast
  • Help prepare dinner
  • Set table
  • Take the trash out


  • All the above chores
  • Wash car (this could be a “paid chore”)
  • Do their own laundry
  • Clean the house
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Ironing (this could be a “paid chore” too)

An interesting article in the Wall Street Journal – Why Kids Need Chores. Giving children household chores at an early age helps to build a lasting sense of mastery, responsibility and self-reliance, according to research by Marty Rossmann, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota. Remember your kids are listening – if they hear you moaning about chores they too will complain!

Remember a chore chart is a great way to motivate kids to do their chores. Check out our range of charts  that we offer.

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How to Teach Children Responsibility by Encouraging Chores

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