Age Appropriate Chores for Kids-
Parents often find it difficult to work when kids are around. The best way to tackle this problem is by giving the “Child” work according to his / her age. In the last section of my page, I have mentioned a table which has been forwarded to me by a colleague.
Task for Ages 2 – 3 years-
Pick up bed sheets
Pick up toys in a basket
Throw away trash
Keep books in the book shelf
Dust your own table
Help fold clothes
Task for 3 – 4 years-
Start making your own bed
Clean under your bed
Water the Plants
Dust furniture of the house
Put dirty clothes in the washing machine
Wipe his dirty toys with wet cloth
Task for 5 – 6 years-
Make your own bed
Mop small part of the floor
Make easy and basic snacks
Empty the dishwasher
Start folding clothes
Clean his / her dirty shoes
Task for 6 – 7 years-
Make a simple sandwich eg. Cheese Sandwich
Keep his / her clothes properly in the cupboard
Clear his / her own school bag
Take a bath completely on their own
Task for 7 – 8 years-
Clear the dish washer
Bring basic grocery
Keep basic grocery in proper place
Wipe bathroom sink and vanity
Keep garbage out
Task for 8 – 9 years-
Make a list for grocery needed
Watch younger sibblings for some time
Help in cleaning the garden / backyard
Help in cleaning the ca
Clean kitchen counter after basic use
Operate the washing machine- load and start
I have tried and listed some of the chores which can be handled by kids. There is always a but-
· Be the example first- Teach your child to do the work before giving responsibility.
· Be reasonable with your expectations- They are kids at the end of the day. They will lack in perfection. You have to put in simple efforts to make it perfect.
· Consider a reward chart- This will be helpful in teaching a child initially and getting the work done faster.
· Have consequense without being harsh- If a child does not do a task, their should be basic consequense. The child should also know about it. Mental preperation is very important.
· Include homework and mandatory activities. Don’t forget that kids have other obligations besides chores. Make sure there is plenty of time for homework and other mandatory activities. If you see that a child is struggling under the weight of all they have to do, consider removing some responsibilities or activities to relieve the burden.
· Make sure there are breaks- All work and no play. Kids become very bored and refuse to do it. Allow the kids to break up long chores. Surprise them by including fun activities in their chore charts. Slipping in a request for a swimming party among the regular chores can be very surprising and refreshing for them.