Chores appropriate for Pre-schoolers

Ages 2, 3 and 4

Many toddlers are eager to help with chores, and while their “helping” may not always be truly helpful, we should encourage that excitement and the habit of helping out around the household.

Some chores 2-4 year olds can do

Help make the bed

Put dishes in the sink (Plastic!)

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.

Use potty

Brush teeth

Floss teeth (with help and a flosser)

Water garden (with pre measured water)

Pick up toys at the end of day

Chores appropriate for 4 to 6 year old children

Four, five and six year olds still find helping to be an exciting venture and usually are happy to try and help. At this age, they are ready to do some chores without constant supervision. Rewards at this age are very motivating.

Chores for 4 - 6 year olds

Clear and set the table


Help preparing food to cook?Carrying and putting away groceries

Use bathroom

Wash hands

Brush teeth

Floss Teeth (with flosser)

Water garden

Pick up toys

Feed pet

Make bed/change sheets (start with having him/her take off the dirty sheets and hand you the clean ones )

Set table

Carry dirty dishes to kitchen or sink

Put away folded clean clothes

Put dirty clothes into clothes hamper

Set out clothes for the next day

Set out backpack, shoes etc (whatever is needed for school)

Clean room (have him/her help with picking up things and putting them in their appropriate place)

Chores appropriate for a 7 to 12 year old

Increasing Responsibility
Children in this preteen age are capable of handling increased responsibility where chores are concerned. Often children this age rely on continuity, so try and stick to 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.

Chores for the 7-12 year old

Help wash the car

Learn to wash dishes

Help prepare simple meals

Clip Coupons

Basic meal planning

Type / Write Grocery list

Help with shopping

Clean the bathroom

Plant garden flowers/vegetables/plants

Walk the dog

Pick up dog poop

Change the litter box

Bring in firewood

Rake leaves

Operate the washer and dryer

Clean and Organize the Cabinets or Storage Closet

Organize the video/CD collection

Vacuum the car

File papers

Chores appropriate for Teens

The idea of chores for teens may be seem an implausible concept to many people who have been trying to get their teen child to contribute to the household. But teenagers are definitely ready to handle almost any chore in the home and we need to insist that they begin helping. However, a teenager’s schedule can sometimes become quite hectic, leaving little time for chores. Make sure that the workload of your teenagers is manageable and make sure they are not overloaded in other areas when they should actually be helping out more around the house.

Chores for Teens

Check and replace light bulbs

Check and replace vacuum cleaner bags

All laundry

Wash windows

Clean out refrigerator and other kitchen appliances

Prepare meals

Prepare grocery lists

Change the oil in the car

Mow the grass

Till the garden

Edge the lawn

Trim the trees/shrubs

Deliver meals to those in need

Babysit younger siblings

Split wood

Clean out fireplace

Clean gutters

Fertilize lawn/garden

Give mom/dad a back rub!

Bathe younger siblings

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