Age appropriate chores for kids

Many parents wonder when is the right time for their little ones to start helping around the house. Well, Babyologists, we’ve done the research and turns out, it may be sooner than you think.
Come and see just what chores your little ones can do at what age and how you can lighten your load and teach them this valuable lesson in helping out. Because, as it turns out, having your kids tackle household chores not only helps you, but them as well.

According to University of Minnesota Professor Marty Rossmann, giving kids chores at an early age helps build responsibility and self-reliance.
Young adults who began chores at ages three and four were more likely to have good relationships with family and friends, to achieve academic and early career success and to be self-sufficient, as compared with those who didn’t have chores or who started them as teens, Marty reports.

So, what chores can your little ones do? Here is a basic guideline.

Ages two and three

Help make their beds

Pick up their toys once they have finished playing

Put their dirty laundry in the laundry basket

Dust easy-to-reach surfaces

Carry the pets’ food bowls outside to feed them

Help to clean up spills

Ages four and five

Get dressed and put their dirty clothes in the dirty laundry
Make their beds

Tidy their room

Carry their school bags inside and put them away

Help set the table and clear away the table

Put away some of the dishes

Help in preparing food

Help carry in the lighter groceries or bags from the car

Put the folded clothing in the right rooms

Put some of their clothing in the right drawers

Clean the floors with a dry mop

Get the mail

Help wash the car

Ages six and seven

Brush their teeth and comb their hair unassisted
Bring in the rubbish bin from outside

Water the garden and indoor plants

Take rubbish out

Vacuum and use a wet mop

Fold laundry and put it away

Be responsible for a pet’s food and water

Ages eight to 11

Wash dishes and put them away
Prepare a few easy meals on their own

Clean the bathroom

Rake the leaves and help with the gardening

Use the washer and dryer

Clean the mirrors and the windows

Walk the pet

Hang out washing on the line

Ages 12 and up

Mow the lawn
Prepare food (such as slicing, dicing and washing)

Use all kitchen appliances

Change the bed sheets

Change the light bulbs


Prepare an occasional family meal