Household Chores for Kids

TAGS: LifestyleCleaningTips
Household Chores for Kids
Article Excerpt

If you’re wondering how you can get your kids to help around the house, check out our list of chores for kids of all ages.

Keeping your house clean requires all hands on deck. If you have kids, you probably hope that you can get them to help clean up, or at least take a break now and then from making a mess. Getting kids to do chores around the house can be a mixed bag, though.

You want to give them something appropriate for their age. Otherwise, they might just make things worse, albeit in potentially comical ways. What kinds of chores can you ask kids to do?

The following list offers a few ideas for age-appropriate chores. Every family and every child is unique, of course, so you might adjust your approach and expectations accordingly.

Chores For Kids

A few pointers before we get to the chores themselves:

  • Be consistent: Whatever chores you decide to assign, keep a consistent schedule for all of the kids.

  • Start them young, but ease them into it: Many chores are probably beyond the ability of young children, but there’s bound to be something they can do. If they can’t work the dishwasher yet, for example, ask them to help clear the table.

  • Mistakes will happen: Remember that they’re learning all of this stuff. Don't expect a perfect job, and be patient if they mess up.

  • Give credit where it’s due: While you don’t want to draw too much attention to mistakes, you always want them to remember what it feels like when they do the job well.


Preschool and Kindergarten (Ages 3 to 5)

  • Wipe up spills

  • Water plants

  • Pull weeds

  • Pour themselves a bowl of cereal

  • Put away their toys

  • Dust with a feather duster

  • Stack magazines or catalogs

  • Fill a pet's food and water bowls

Mom and daughter

Photo by Ron Lach from Pexels

Early Elementary School (ages 6 to 8)

  • Set and clear the table

  • Sort clean laundry

  • Make their bed

  • Sweep floors

  • Rake leaves

  • Carry groceries into the house, as long as they aren’t too heavy

  • Help with packing their lunch

  • Help with preparing meals

  • Walk the dog, either in the backyard or with adult supervision, unless the dog weighs more than them

Washing dishes

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Late Elementary School (ages 9 to 10)

  • Use the vacuum cleaner

  • Mop the floor

  • Help rinse the dishes

  • Put groceries away

  • Fold and put away their own laundry

  • Sew buttons on clothing

  • Make their own breakfast

  • Basic cooking using the microwave or toaster

  • Remove trash bags from the indoor trash cans

Trash cans

Image by Manfred Richter from Pixabay

Middle School (ages 11 to 13)

  • Wash the dishes and load the dishwasher

  • Use the washer and dryer

  • Wash the car

  • Clean the bathroom sink

  • Put the trash bins out for pickup

  • Prepare simple meals

  • Babysit younger siblings while an adult is present elsewhere in the home

Cleaning shower

High School (ages 14 to 17)

  • Iron clothes

  • Mow the lawn

  • Clean the shower, tub, or toilet

  • Deep-clean the refrigerator and other appliances

  • Perform simple auto maintenance tasks like checking the oil level and tire pressure

  • Care for pets without supervision

  • Prepare complex meals

  • Babysit younger siblings for short periods of time without supervision

Expo marker

Photo by Mark Rabe on Unsplash

Keeping Kids Accountable For Chores

Let’s also talk about how to make sure the kids do the chores assigned to them. You’ll need something that can visually remind everyone of their assignments and note when they are complete. A dry-erase board placed in a central location like the kitchen could do the trick.

You might draw a chart with everyone’s responsibilities for the week, which they can check off upon completion. The check marks mean that the chore is that child’s responsibility.


Clean the bathtub

Mow lawn

Vacuum the living room

Take out the trash

Fold and put away clothes

Straighten up your room

Age 16

Age 11

Age 7

In this chart, two chores are assigned to the 16-year-old, and two to the 11-year-old. All three children are responsible for the last two chores.

Find your dream home

If you can find the perfect home, maybe your kids will get excited about helping you keep it clean - (maybe)!

The Wood Group of Fairway is here to answer your home mortgage questions. See what you qualify for by answering a few quick questions!