The Chores Your Kids Should Be Doing, By Age Group

Sometimes I ask myself what chores are appropriate for my daughter. I came across this article on PureWow which breaks down what chores are appropriate for each age group. 

My daughter cleans up her toys, wipes the floor when she spills EVERYTHING... and she does laundry! 

Ages 2 to 3

  • Pick up their toys
  • Take dirty laundry to basket
  • Help fill pet's food bowl with food
  • Clean up spills (with parents help)
  • Help make bed

Ages 4 to 5

  • Separate white from dark laundry
  • Dust surfaces
  • Water plants
  • Sweep floor with small broom
  • Help set and clear the table

Ages 6 to 7

  • Make their bed
  • Help make a packed lunch
  • Fold laundry
  • Vacuum rooms
  • Unload dishwasher

Ages 8 to 9

  • Load dishwasher
  • Rake leaves
  • Put laundry away
  • Put groceries away
  • Take trash cans to the curb

Ages 10 to 12

  • Mop floors
  • Cook simple meals with supervision
  • Strip and change bedsheets
  • Wash and clean the car
  • Clean toilets

Ages 13 and up

  • Wash basic laundry
  • Make dinner alone
  • Iron clothes
  • Wash first-floor windows
  • Start the dishwasher


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