If you’re looking for age appropriate chores then look no further. Check out the ultimate list of appropriate chores by age. Put the chores by age group to work with a chore chart free printable.
Kids love to help and it’s important to have them start early but what chores are appropriate for kids to do. I’ve grouped a list of chores by age together for you and I’ve also put together a chore chart printable free for you.
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Making age appropriate chores possible
Before I share the full list of age appropriate chores there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to having the kids helping out with the chores.
It doesn’t have to be perfect
Having them help and get used to their new chore will take time to master and giving them some grace with mistakes is important. Remember no one is perfect. Dishes might not be put in the correct spot or some dust might be missed.
Kids are more capable than you think
Don’t wait too long. You’d be surprised by how much your young ones want to help. You can start assigning chores around the age of 2. If you’re putting the dishes away and your child is pulling silverware out of the dishwasher to “help” embrace it!
Combine praise a job well done and age-appropriate chores. Your kids will be a lot more responsive to praise. Thank them, tell them how helpful they were, and what a great job they did. Chore time will become more enjoyable.
Consistency is key
Be consistent with chore time. Maybe it’s not the same time each week but make sure that it happens regularly and they are helping and doing their age appropriate chores on a regular basis.
Chore Chart Free Printable
Having a list of household chores will help the entire family out. I’ve put together a chore chart free printable with age-appropriate chores for you to download below.
Age-Appropriate Chores for Children
Below is a list of age appropriate chores group by age. In the chore chart printable you’ll find this full list plus a chore chart to use for daily and/or weekly household chores.
Appropriate chores by ages 2 to 3
Kids aged 2-3 you can assign the following household chores:
- Put toys away
- Fill the food dish for household pets
- Put clothes in the hamper
- Stack books and magazines
- Wipe up spills
- Empty the silverware from the dishwasher
- Light dusting
Appropriate chores by ages 4 to 5
Kids ages 4 to 5 can handle more chores. They understand more and they’re capable of more activities.
- Make their bed
- Empty wastebaskets
- Wipe down doorknobs, light switches, and toilet seats
- Wash plastic dishes in the sink (or rinse them to put in the dishwasher)
- Pull weeds
- Bring in the mail
- Wipe down table
- Put some of their clothes away
Appropriate chores by ages 6 to 7
You can assign any of the above and follow chores to this age group.
- Sort laundry
- Set and clear the table
- Help with packing their lunch
- Wipe down counters and tables
- Put their laundry away
- Keep bedroom tidy
- Pack their backpack for school
- Take out recycle
- Full dusting
- Switch out towels in the bathroom and kitchen
Appropriate chores by ages 8 to 9
You can assign any of the above and following chores to this age group.
- Load and unload the dishwasher
- Put groceries away
- Help make dinner
- Mop floors
- Do their own laundry
- Take pet for a walk
- Clean out fridge
- Wipe down appliance fronts and cupboards
Appropriate chores by ages 10 to 11
At this point they can pretty much do anything but do keep in mind not to overwhelm them with too many chores.
- Organize dresser drawers
- Scrub toilets
- Wash sinks
- Wash their bedding
- Clean tub/shower
- Wash windows
- Cook dinner with supervision
- Dust light fixtures
- Clean their cell phone and cover
Appropriate chores for teens
Getting teens to help with chores might be tricky and they are capable of doing most or any household chores. At this point you can group bigger jobs together. They can do any of the above chores and the ones below:
- Take garbage/recycle/yard waste to the curb
- Keep their room tidy
- Declutter paperwork
- Make dinner once or twice a week
- Pack their lunches
- Mow the yard
- Wash the car
- Clean light fixtures
- Clean/replace vent filters
- Clean/replace shower curtain liner
Have your kids helping with the household chores you’ll be teaching your kids to clean up after themselves and work as a team. These are all valuable lessons for them to learn.
Download the chore chart free printable to help your kids follow their chores around the house.