Wondering why your kids aren’t doing their chores well – or at all? Ever wondered if the chores you’re giving your kids are age appropriate? Use this list of chores for kids by age to get the most productivity out of your kids!
Kids love to make messes, but when it comes to cleaning those messes up they’re often nowhere to be found (they’re probably off somewhere making another mess).
You want to teach your children to be more responsible by giving them chores that they can do on their own – chores that THEY are in charge of getting done, without you having to nag them to do them.
But, you’re not sure what chores to assign your older kids – is picking up toys too much of a “little kid” chore? Or, you don’t know if your two year old can be helping with chores… and if they can, what chores can 2 year olds do?
Inside: Learn the right chores for kids by age so you can get your kids helping out around the house.
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DON’T LIKE CHORE CHARTS?
If you’ve tried chore charts with your kids and they seem to take more time to manage than they are efficient, try these chore sticks. With the chore sticks it’s as simple as telling your kids to go grab 1, 2, or even 3 stick out of the jar and once they’re done the chores they get, they’re done their chores for the day.
Many parents struggle to make their kids do chores. They don’t want to be the “mean parent” and make their children do something they don’t want to do – but there are MANY benefits of having your kids do chores from teaching them how to be responsible to equipping them with everything they need to succeed in their future career.
Here are a few more benefits of getting kids to do chores:
BENEFITS OF CHORES FOR KIDS
If you’ve ever wondered, “what are the benefits of chores?” and you’re curious whether getting your kids to do chores is really worth the battle, the answer is YES – it is worth the battle, and here’s why.
(But first, getting your kids to do chores doesn’t have to be a battle – here are 16 techniques for getting your kids to do chores on their own, without whining or complaining.)
- Teach kids how to work hard. For kids, even small chores are hard work. Giving each of your kids their own list of chores from a young age teaches them how to be hard workers which will impact the way they work later on in life. Rather than being lazy and slothful, they’ll learn how to work hard and be proud of what they do.
- Help you raise kids who are not spoiled. Spoiled kids aren’t born that way… they get made spoiled. When you don’t give your children any chores to do on their own you’re teaching them that in their life there will always be someone to pick up their messes, and do the hard, dirty work for them.
- Make kids feel needed. By doing their part and contributing to the household, kids will feel needed and valued.
- Teach kids responsibility. If they don’t do their chores, the chores won’t get done. There isn’t going to be someone behind them picking up their messes when they’re older, so why should there be now? Giving each of your kids their very own chores to be responsible will help you raise up trustworthy, responsible and respectable adults.
- Allow your kid to be independent. I strongly agree with using chore charts for this very reason. Each kid has their very own chore chart and it’s their responsibility to check that chart and ensure they get their chores done before the day is over.
- Teach time management. Kids will have to learn how to do their chores in an efficient amount of time if they want to do anything other than chores during the day, so they’ll learn how to manage and split their time up over the different tasks.
- Teach kids how to work as a team. Some chores will be done independently, while others will be done with their siblings, which teaches kids how to work together.
- Teach kids to see things through to completion. Instead of starting a job and giving up part way through, they’ll learn how to finish what they started – even when it’s hard.
Those are just a few of the many, many benefits of daily chores for kids.
Do you want to raise kids who work hard, don’t give up, are responsible, and can work with a team? Give your kids daily chores.
But, you can’t just expect to tell your kid to go make the bed and have them make it perfectly. They need to first be taught how to do their chores so they know the standard that you expect them to do their chores to.
Take time to teach each of your children how to do chores.
CHORES FOR YOUNG KIDS
Getting younger kids (ages 2 – 3) to do chores can be a bit more difficult since they aren’t old enough to do a lot of things yet, and they often need help with what they can do, so it’s especially important with young kids that you choose age appropriate chores.
Just because it’s more difficult to find chores that younger kids can do doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give them any chores. From a young age, as soon as your child is able to do easy tasks on their own, they should have a small list of easy chores given to them to do each and every day.
When picking out the chores for your young kids, be sure that it is a chore they can safely do on their own. Have them do a chore that makes them feel like they are contributing to the household, but something that isn’t overwhelming and won’t take too long.
Pick chores for young kids that aren’t necessarily “chores” – but just an easy task that they can do all on their own. (For example: pick up blankets and pillows off the floor, bring plastic dishes from the table to the counter, pick out clothes for the day, etc.)
DAILY CHORES FOR KIDS BY AGE
Here’s a list of chores by age for kids. When gathering a list of chores for your kids to do try to find chores for them in areas that they thrive in, but don’t forget to give them a small chore in an area that is more difficult for them to help them grow and learn new things.
Grouping chores by age is a fantastic way of helping your child thrive in the chore they’re doing. When you give a 2-year-old a chore that is far too hard for them they’ll get discouraged. If you give a 12-year-old something they could do with their eyes closed they won’t feel like the work they’re doing is important or helpful.
Use the following chore chart (or grab the printable version for free here) to give each of your kids appropriate chores by age.
CHORE CHARTS BY AGE
Chores list for kids:
AGES 2 – 3
This is the most difficult age group for chores, because they want to help out, but there isn’t much they can do on their own yet. Regardless, here are a few small chores that two to three year olds should be able to do without any help.
- Get diapers and wipes
- Clean up bath toys
- Bring plastic dishes to table/bring plastic dishes to counter after eating
- Put dirty clothes in the hamper
- Put blankets and pillows on bed/couch
- Fold washcloths and rags
- Put toys into toybox
- Put trash in the garbage can
- Put books onto bookshelf
- Dust windowsills/coffee table
AGES 4 – 5
This age group will be ready to tackle some actual chores all on their own – and they’re at the age where they really want to help out – and want to feel like the things they are doing are helpful, so don’t forget to give your kids praise and show them how proud you are of them for doing their chores. (Do you kids hate to do chores? Use these ideas to make chores fun for your kids.)
- All previous chores
- Make bed
- Feed pets
- Set table
- Sweep (with a small broom)
- Put groceries away
- Wipe up spills
- Clear the table off
- Pick out outfit
- Fold dish towels
AGES 6 – 8
This is the tipping point where you’ll notice your kids start to get independent all of the sudden. They’ll be doing chores all on their own that you didn’t even expect – so be sure you’re giving them chores that are challenging them and appropriate for their age, not chores that their 2-year-old sibling could be doing.
- All previous chores
- Empty the dishwasher
- Load the dishwasher
- Assist in making a grocery list
- Fold laundry
- Empty the trash
- Mop the kitchen floor (with a small mop)
- Match socks
- Make salads & sandwiches
- Wipe bathroom sink & countertop
- Wipe kitchen counters
- Rake leaves
AGES 9 – 10
When your child reaches the 9 – 10 year old mark you’ll start to notice that they can do just about every chore on the list, but there are still a few chores reserved for 11+ year olds, so don’t get too excited just yet!
- All previous chores
- Sort laundry
- Wash laundry
- Dry laundry
- Walk the dog
- Take garbage can out to the road
- Wipe bathroom mirror
- Vacuum (with this adjustable vacuum)
- Get/sort mail
- Assist with meals
Finally, you’ve made it to the age where your child can do pretty much any chore you throw at them. Though they’re old enough to tackle most tasks now, don’t forget that they’re still young and they will still need to be shown how to do some things every once in a while. Even though they’ve now reached an independent age, don’t forget to take time to teach them what they need to know.
- All previous chores
- Wash dishes
- Clean the bathroom
- Replace lightbulbs
- Wash windows
- Prepare meals
- Meal plan (keep track of your meals with this unless you already use this, then you don’t need to)
- Wash the car
- Mow the lawn
- All cleaning duties
- Organize a room
- Clean out fridge/freezer
Even though sometimes it can be harder to get your kids to do these chores than it would be for you to just do it yourself, remember all the benefits your child is getting from having these responsibilities.
Keep in mind that when your kid does these chores, it’ll take longer than when you do them – so plan your day accordingly and try not to rush them too much while they’re doing their chores.
Allow them to figure out for themselves how much time they need for particular chores so they can learn to manage their time and finish all their chores in an appropriate amount of time.
DON’T LIKE CHORE CHARTS?
If you’ve tried chore charts with your kids and they seem to take more time to manage than they are efficient, try these chore sticks. With the chore sticks, it’s as simple as telling your kids to go grab 1, 2, or even 3 stick out of the jar and once they’re done the chores they get, they’re done their chores for the day.
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Convincing your child to do their chores sometimes takes longer than the act of them actually DOING the chore. If you feel like you’re constantly battling with your kids to do their chores, I would strongly encourage you to read this post —> 16 Ways to Make Chores Fun <–– who knows, after you start using these fun chore techniques, your kids may be coming to YOU asking if they can do their chores!
Did we miss something? Are there chores on the list that we missed? We’d love to hear your best chore ideas for kids! Feel free to share them in the comments below.