Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

Here I am, writing about age appropriate chores for kids. Yet, my kids are lacking in the chores department. I know, I know… my fault. And I’m here to change that!

Now don’t get me wrong, my kids sometimes help. When I make them LOL. It’s usually calling them back to throw out their mess from the kitchen or to clean their room. Even stuff they’ve left lying around the house.

And yea, I get attitude. {You can read more about that and disrespectful kids HERE.} But I’m so done and gonna end that. From here on out, they’re having chores. And of course, age appropriate chores. Because you know what? I’m sick of having to ask for help when it’s things they should already be helping around with.

Age appropriate chores for kids

Don’t worry… I’m going to show this post to my girls LOL!

In any case, below I will be listing age appropriate chores for kids and I’m going to make sure my baby will know to do her chores without having to be constantly nagged!

By the way, chores also help a child learn responsibility and that’s a trait they need to succeed in life. Also, kids need chores in order to feel that they are making a contribution around the house.

Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

Ages 2-3:

  • Help to make their beds
  • Clean up their toys / playthings
  • Put dirty laundry in laundry basket
  • Help clean up simple spills and dirt
  • Simple dusting around the house

Ages 4-5:

  • Get dressed with minimal parental help
  • Make bed with minimal parental help
  • Pick up their toys and belongings
  • Clean their bedroom
  • Set and clear the table for meals with supervision
  • Help a parent in the kitchen prepare food
  • Dust around the house
  • Clean the floors with a dry mop or broom
  • Match socks in laundry
  • If have pets, be responsible for the food and water bowl
Age appropriate chores for kids

Ages 6-7:

  • Make their bed daily
  • Chose their days outfit the night before
  • If have pets, be responsible for the food and water bowl
  • Vacuum individual rooms
  • Wet mop individual rooms
  • Fold their laundry with supervision
  • Put away their clean laundry
  • Put away clean dishes
  • Help prepare food with a parent
  • Empty indoor trash bins

Ages 8-11: {my girls ages}

  • Take care of personal hygiene
  • Keep their bedroom clean
  • Be responsible for their homework
  • Be responsible for their belongings
  • Wake up in the morning with their own alarm clocks
  • Wash the dishes
  • Vacuum and mop the floors
  • Prepare a few easy meals on their own
  • Clean the bathroom with supervision
  • Learn to use the washer and dryer
  • Fold and put away all their clean laundry
  • Take the trash out to the curb for pickup
Age appropriate chores for kids

Ages 12-13:

  • Take care of personal hygiene, homework and personal belongings.
  • Set their own alarm clocks
  • Maintain personal items (ie: chargers, batteries etc)
  • Change their bed sheets
  • Keep their rooms tidy and deep clean every 3 months
  • Dust around the house
  • Vacuum and mop the floors
  • Clean the bathroons
  • Wash the dishes
  • Mow the lawn (if applicable)
  • Babysit (most states allow this)
  • Clean the yard
Age appropriate chores for kids

The above are just general ideas for age appropriate chores for your kids. Obviously, each household will have their own list of chores and you can add them accordingly.

What NOT to do:

1. Do NOT insist on perfection. No one is perfect. If you’re a perfectionist, try not to jump in between and do the chore for the child because it NEEDS to be perfect.

2. Do NOT delay. Mistaking a child for being too young like I did makes it harder to get them to do chores as they’re older. Kids are more capable than we think. Many 2 year olds can help lots around the house. They’ll learn by doing them!

Age appropriate chores for kids

3. Do NOT be stingy with praise. Don’t wait until the chore is DONE in order to praise the child. Praise them as they’re doing it. Encourage them. Build that positive momentum and confidence.

4. Do NOT be inconsistent. Keep a consistent schedule when it comes to chores. If not, kids may start putting off their chores in hopes that someone else will do it.

Create a Chore Chart

Sit with your child or children and set out for the week their list of chores by day. This way kids can chose what chores they want to do for that week. This also gives them motivation.

Click the below photo to enlarge and PRINT!

Age appropriate chores for kids

And PLEASE Remember:

1. Try to be as specific as you can with instructions. Saying “clean your room” is very vague. Be more specific and explain what it is exactly you want done. For example “please go pick up the toys that are on the floor in your room.”

2. Ease into it. Don’t just dump chores on the child. Ease them into it slowly by showing them how to do it by helping you. Once they get the hang of it, they’ll be able to do it alone.

3. Be easy with reminders. Don’t micromanage. Use a ‘when / then’ method. For example, “when homework is done, then you can play on your electronic.”


Here’s to hoping kids start doing their chores and maybe even enjoying it too! At the end of the day, everyone has to chip in when it comes to living spaces and letting kids feel in charge with their chores is a great boost for them!

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