Age-Appropriate Chores for Toddlers to Teens

9 Sep

Age-Appropriate Chores

Chores help your child learn responsibility.

Running a family household is a 24-7 job. From soccer practice to groceries to bills, it seems as if the to-do list will never end. Even though the list gets longer as your family grows, your children are also able to help out more around the house as they get older. But how do you know if your children are old enough for particular chores? While this mostly rests in your children’s own abilities and maturity levels, the following list outlines age appropriate chores for your little ones:

Toddler (Ages 2-3)

  • Put away toys
  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Put clothes in the dirty clothes hamper
  • Put clothes away
  • Make bed

Preschooler (Ages 4-5)

  • All previous chores
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Take out recycling
  • Set and clear the table
  • Clear table
  • Water plants
  • Feed pets

Early Elementary (Ages 6-8)

  • All previous chores
  • Meal Prep (wash produce, find ingredients, simple cutting)
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Collect garbage
  • Get Mail
  • Rake leaves

Elementary (Ages 9 -11)

  • All previous chores
  • Make simple meals
  • Wash/Dry clothes
  • Mop floors

Middle School (Ages 12-14)

  • All previous chores
  • Make full meals
  • Mow the lawn
  • Supervise younger children’s chores


Written by Leanne Tremblay

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