Age appropriate chores for children are so important! They help us to raise children that work hard and are not spoiled.
Children need chores and these age-appropriate chores are important for kids are great
Why do kids need chores?
- Chores help kids feel needed.
- Chores give them a feeling of importance.
- Chores teach responsibility.
- Chores teach independence.
- Chores create a work ethic in our children that will help build that character that we want them to have.
- Chores cut back on entitlement.
- Chores help out the family, leaving more time for PLAY as a family.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.
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.
Children need to be taught how to do chores.
Before I begin with our list of age-appropriate chores, 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).
Do I need a Chore Chart?
I gave up on chore charts a long time ago. I found chore charts to be more work than they were helpful. I was constantly trying to keep rotating them, etc… So, one day I tossed all of our chore charts and had these chore cards made instead. It was my best idea to date and I’ve NEVER looked back yet.
Our kids do chores in exchange for screentime (and even if you don’t use the screen-time part, the chore cards alone are a life-changer!)
How do Chore Cards work?
The chore cards are cut up and placed in a basket or jar.
The basket or jar is then placed somewhere so the kids can easily reach it (we keep ours in the 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 the basket.
How Many Chores Should Kids Have?
- The 3 and 4-year-old will pick out one chore.
- A 5-6-year-old will pick out two chores.
- A 7-8-year-old would pick out two-three chores.
- Ages 9 & above get 3 chores from the basket & some few more difficult ones
Chores for tween & teens:
I have our older sons pick several chores, as they are much older. You can also keep a basket for their chores, separate from the younger children.
- Clean garage
- Clean & detail vehicles inside & out
- Cut the grass
- Clean glass items that may be too fragile for younger children
- Take the dog on a walk
- Help a younger sibling with something.
- Do something to help you.
Do daily responsibilities count as chores?
In our house, our kids have daily responsibilities.
- Make bed
- Clean up after eating
- Put dirty clothes in the hamper
- Put clean clothes away
- Unload the dishwasher as a team
- Get dressed and brush your teeth without being asked.
- Keep your shoes in the shoe basket.
On top of that, they will have the chores from the chore basket.
How Often Should Kids Do Chores?
In our house, the kids’ responsibilities occur daily. However, if our kids want screentime, they will also have to find the time to do the chores to earn the screentime. This usually means that our kids are doing extra chores daily (even if they save the time for the weekend)
You can pick how often they do chores: daily chores or weekends only? Maybe you choose for your children to or maybe they get more in the summer when they are out of school, etc… You need to do whatever fits with you, your schedule & what you want for your family.
Remember, as I stated above, “make your bed”, “clean your room” and “empty the dishwasher” are not considered “CHORES” in our house. They are daily responsibilities. They are not on this list, because they are habits. We do them daily & they just help to keep the house running smoothly.
- 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 the main bathroom & their bathroom.
- Clear & clean the table after dinner
- Sweep hallway upstairs with broom & dustpan
- Put away ALL shoes in the 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.
- Sweep the kitchen floors
- Sweep the hallway upstairs
- Clean out the van (bring in all garbage, coats, shoes…) – I do this same chore on 3 cards, so they could even both get them & do it together. It’s a big job.
- Empty all garbage in the bathrooms and their bedroom into one big garbage bag (getting garbage from all cans)
- Bring the garbage can up from the street after the garbage truck comes (it might be heavy to take it down while it is filled, but even our four-year-old can bring it up for us when it is empty… and we have a steep driveway).
- 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 vacuum 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 mudroom 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…
I made this chart for you.
** Keep reading for younger kids chores…
For a 3-year-old… When our 3 year old would pull out a chore card, but I would make up one since he couldn’t read it. I would say something like “go pick up the blankets and put them away.” Or “Pick up the pillows on the floor”. Something easy and safe that he can do without help.
Remember, children like being a part of what helps to keep everything going and they see that when they help us do chores, we all have more time to play together.
I hope that helped you to create some age Appropriate chores for kids. 🙂 I would LOVE to hear what chores you have your children help within your home! I am always revisiting our chores and editing them to their ages.
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