Age Appropriate Chores For Children

Below is a list of age appropriate chores according to parenting experts.

Toddlers (ages 2-3)

  • Put away toys

  • Unload the dishwasher (plastic cups and plates etc not china or glass)

  • Do the dusting with a feather duster

  • Collect dirty clothes

  • Help move clothes from washing machine to tumble dryer

  • Make their bed

  • Wipe down tables and work surfaces

Preschooler (4-5)

  • All previous chores

  • Load the dishwasher

  • vacuum chairs/cushions

  • Take out recycling

  • Set the dinner table

  • Clear table

  • Wash dishes (with supervision)

  • Clean windows

  • Wipe out sinks

  • Match socks

  • Fold towels

  • Pull up weeds

  • Water indoor plants

  • Feed pets

Children aged between 6 and 8

  • All previous chores

  • Help prep meals (peel potatoes, chop veg)

  • Peg out laundry

  • Sweep

  • Vacuum all areas including stairs

  • Put bins out with supervision

  • Fold laundry

  • Water garden

  • Wash the car

Children aged between 9 and 11

  • All previous chores

  • Make simple meals unsupervised

  • Wash, dry and sort clothes

  • Clean toilet and bath

  • Mop floors

  • Clean out pets

  • Walk and wash dog

Children aged between 12 and 14

  • All previous chores

  • Bleach surfaces

  • Make full meals for the family

  • Clean out fridge

  • Iron clothes

  • Cut the grass

  • Supervise younger siblings with their chores

Children 14+

  • All previous chores

  • Help with Family budgeting

  • Babysit for younger siblings

  • Write shopping lists

  • Do weekly shop

  • Trim hedges

  • Help with decorating

Are these chores accurate for your child, if not would you consider allowing your child or children to do more around the house, if not why not? Let us know your views in the comments section.

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