Age-Appropriate Chores for Children Children who have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able to deal with frustration and delay gratification, all of which contribute to greater success in school. Involving children in household tasks at an early age can have a positive impact later in life.
Kids begin to see themselves as important contributors to the family when they share in the responsibilities of the household as part of their daily routine. Children feel better about themselves when you let them know that you expect them to finish their chores and congratulate them for doing so on a regular basis.
It’s important to build the sense of accomplishment and help your children learn the skills that go along with the responsibility of sharing in household chores even when they are very young. Some chores by age:
Ages 2-3—put toys in toy box; stack books on shelf; place dirty clothes in hamper; fold washcloths
Ages 4-5—feed pets; make the bed; prepare simple snacks; clear kitchen table
Ages 6-7—gather trash; fold towels; weed garden; make salad
Ages 8-9—wash laundry; scramble eggs; bake cookies; walk dog
Ages 10-11—clean bathroom; vacuum; prepare simple meal; do simple mending
Ages 12 and up—mop floors; cook complete dinner; bake bread or cake; iron clothes