Age Appropriate chores for young children (ages 2-7)
Children need chores. Age appropriate chores are important for kids! They make them feel needed and helpful. They teach responsibility. They are important. If your children learn to help now, you will have children that will be able to work later, allowing them the ability to work hard and keep a job, or work hard to keep their marriage strong. Teach them to work hard now – and do it for the Glory of the one who made them.
As hard as it is, do not do everything for your children! Let them do what they can.
Remember the quote: fish for me & feed me for a day…. teach me to fish & feed me for a lifetime. (unknown source) How true with our children!
My children are 6, 5, 3 & a baby, so these chores are specific to those ages.
Before I begin with our list, you need to know that your children were not born knowing how to do these chores. You must walk them through it, teach them how you want it done. Do this with each chore until you have gone through them all (just do one or two a day).
Our chores are listed on index cards & placed in a basket.
The basket is in a place that they can reach it (we keep our in our pantry). When it is “time to do your chores”, they grab the basket themselves & bring it to the table. They close their eyes, reach in and pick from this basket…
- Clean the shutters behind the kitchen table (their food gets on these from their sticky hands!)
- Clean out everything UNDER your bed.
- Wipe bathroom sink and vanity in main bathroom & their bathroom.
- Clear & clean the table after dinner
- Sweep hallway upstairs with broom & dustpan
- Put away ALL shoes in garage by the door (we have 3 spots for shoes – they each have their own baskets at these places, so its easy to do & takes a second to put them away)
- Clean the outside of the toilet (bottom too) in those same bathrooms.
- “I love you- pick another chore, please!” (this is on 2 cards, just for a reminder)
- Sweep the kitchen floors
- Sweep the hallway upstairs
- Clean out the van (bring in all garbage, coats, shoes…) – I do this on 3 cards, so they could even both get them & do it together.
- Empty all garbage in the bathrooms and their bedroom into one big garbage bag (getting garbage from all cans)
- Clean the steps with a broom and then a damp rag (wooden steps). If you have carpet- have them use a damp sponge to get the dirt or pet hair if you have a pet. Have them use a small vacumn if you have one (the tiny kind for steps & small areas)
- Pick up everything on pantry floors (our art supplies are in there, so coloring books and crayons end up on the floors a lot)
- Sweep the front porch
- Sweep the back porch
- Dust furniture in the room that mom or dad pick (they use a sock on their hands)
- Pick up toys (even if you didn’t make the mess!) on the living room floor
- Organize the mud room bench (see make a mudroom bench to see how we made it) – they hang up coats, put shoes in the right baskets, hang up their backpacks under the correct name…
For our just-turned three year old- He usually pulls a chore card, but I make up one since he can’t read it. I will say something like “go pick up the blankets and put them away.” Or “Pick up the pillows on the floor”. Something easy that he can do without help.
That’s it- they get 3 chores a day in the summer and two chores a day during the school year. They get an extra chore for punishments and AN EXTRA chore for COMPLAINING about chores! I promise you they do not complain very much anymore!)
We also have “daily responsibilities”. These are done on a daily basis. These include: Make bed, clean up room, clean up after every meal- just your stuff (plates, napkins, cups) , put clothes away (I put them into their own baskets & they are waiting for them by their dressers), unload the dishwasher with me, get dressed before you go downstairs in the morning on school days, brush teeth & use mouthwash. These are not chores- they are done ON TOP of their “picked” chores.
“And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. ” Colossians 3:17 (I actually just sing “Do everything you do for the Glory of the One that made you… yeah He made you.” when they do their chores if I feel like they are being sluggish about it.
I hope that helped you to create some age Appropriate chores for kids.
Don’t forget to have some fun, too! See the TOP FIVE GAMES THAT WE OFTEN FORGET TO PLAY WITH OUR KIDS!
Check out my post on How to have a home where your kids WANT to be!
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