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Age Appropriate Chores

Age appropriate choresWe all want our kids to succeed so we need to set up a system that supports success!

Chores are part of our everyday life - to maintain cleanliness and order, as well as a health environment. So kids need to learn the responsibility of pitching in and helping out.

Keep in mind that kids are different both developmentally and physically. It's a good idea to start small and add chores based on your child's readiness. It's even okay to start with one chore, especially if assigning chores is new in your family.

Here are some age-appropriate chores that you can have your little ones assist with:

2- 4 year olds

Many toddlers are eager to help with chores, and while their “helping” may not always be appreciated, keeping their excitement and the habit of helping out alive, should be.

Sticker charts are a great way to keep toddlers excited about helping. Their chores may have to be completed with you helping every step of the way, but you are laying the groundwork for children that find chores and helping a way of life.

Some chores 2-4 year olds can do…

  • Help make the bed.
  • Help make the bed.
  • Pick up toys and books.
  • Take laundry to the laundry room.
  • Help feed pets.
  • Help wipe up messes.
  • Dust with socks on their hands.
  • Mop in areas with help.
  • Help dust
  • Put napkins on table
  • Help put away toys
  • Put laundry in hamper
  • Help feed pet

4 - 5 year olds

Preschoolers still find helping to be an exciting venture and usually are thrilled when time is taken to teach them new chores. They are ready to do some chores without constant supervision. Rewards at this age are very motivating. A sticker chart that allows you to build up to bigger rewards can be appropriate.

For some preschoolers, tying chores to an allowance is a great option and fosters independence in choosing a reward. "Help" is the important word at this age. Many of the chores will be done as a helper and slowly kids can graduate to doing them independently.

Some chores preschoolers can do in addition to the ones above

  • Set the table or help set the table
  • Put away toys/things
  • Help feed pets
  • Water plants
  • Help set table
  • Help make bed
  • Help clear table
  • Dust
  • Put laundry in hamper
  • Help put dishes in dishwasher
  • Water the garden
  • Help wipe up messes
  • Help with garden work
Ages 6-8

These school age kids may or may not still have their childlike enthusiasm for completing chores. What they do have, however, is an overwhelming desire to be independent. Parents and caregivers can guide children to become independent in their chores, using chore charts to keep track of their responsibilities both completed and pending.

Some chores that they are capable of in addition to the ones above
  • Take care of pets.
  • Vacuum and mop.
  • Take out trash.
  • Fold and put away laundry.
  • Make bed
  • Water plants
  • Clean room with direction
  • Set table
  • Dust
  • Vacuum
  • Feed pets
  • Help make dinner
  • Put laundry in hamper
  • Help wash the car
  • Help wash dishes or load/empty diswasher
  • Rake leaves
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Ages 9-12

Children in this preteen age are capable of increasing responsibility where chores are concerned. Keep in mind that many children this age rely on continuity. Find a system that works for your family and do not change it without the input and support of the people it directly affects.

Make sure that you factor in rewards and consequences and address those issues with your children. Let them know the consequences of not completing chores, as well as the rewards for fulfilling their responsibilities.

Some Chores preteens are capable of in addition to the ones above
 

  • Help wash the car.
  • Learn to wash dishes.
  • Help prepare simple meals.
  • Clean the bathroom.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Operate the washer and dryer.
Chores for kids11 year olds and older

Children in this preteen age are capable of increasing responsibility where chores are concerned. Keep in mind that many children this age rely on continuity.

Find a system that works for your family and do not change it without the input and support of the people it directly affects. Make sure that you factor in rewards and consequences and address those issues with your children. Let them know the consequences of not completing chores, as well as the rewards for fulfilling their responsibilities.

Some Chores preteens are capable of in addition to the ones above
  • Take garbage out
  • Set table
  • Clean room with direction
  • Vacuum
  • Mow lawn
  • Feed pets
  • Water plants
  • Put laundry in hamper
  • Help with laundry
  • Help make dinner/make small meals on own
  • Help wash the car/wash car
  • Clean room
  • Make bed
  • Help with yard work
  • Wash dishes/load or empty dishwasher.
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