Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

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“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”
~ Abigail Van Buren

You may be wondering what kinds of chores my kids can do. Don’t worry, we got you covered! Here’s a list of chores for children of different ages.

Ages 2-3

  • Put toys in toy box
  • Stack books on shelf
  • Place dirty clothes in laundry hamper
  • Throw trash away
  • Carry firewood
  • Fold washcloths
  • Set the table
  • Fetch diapers & wipes
  • Dust baseboards

Ages 4-5

  • Feed pets
  • Wipe up spills
  • Put away toys
  • Make the bed
  • Straighten bedroom
  • Water houseplants
  • Sort clean silverware
  • Prepare simple snacks
  • Use hand-held vacuum
  • Clear kitchen table
  • Dry and put away dishes
  • Disinfect doorknobs

Ages 6-7

  • Gather trash
  • Fold towels
  • Dust mop floors
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Match clean socks
  • Weed garden
  • Rake leaves
  • Peel potatoes or carrots
  • Make salad
  • Replace toilet paper roll

Ages 8-9

  • Load dishwasher
  • Change light bulbs
  • Wash laundry
  • Hang/fold clean clothes
  • Dust furniture
  • Spray off patio
  • Put groceries away
  • Scramble eggs
  • Bake cookies
  • Walk dogs
  • Sweep porches
  • Wipe off table

Ages 10-11

  • Clean bathrooms
  • Vacuum rugs
  • Clean countertops
  • Deep clean kitchen
  • Prepare simple meal
  • Mow lawn
  • Bring in mail
  • Do simple mending (hems, buttons, etc.)
  • Sweep out garage

Ages 12 and up

  • Mop floors
  • Change overhead lights
  • Wash/ vacuum car
  • Trim hedges
  • Paint walls
  • Shop for groceries w/list
  • Cook complete dinner
  • Bake bread or cake
  • Do simple home repairs
  • Wash windows
  • Iron clothes
  • Watch younger siblings

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Teaching your child to do any chore may initially take more time than just doing the chore yourself. Some kids will need more supervision than others, over a longer period of time, before they can complete the chore up to standard. But try to be an encourager rather than a drill sergeant while you are training your children to do their work and to do it well.

At iKids Montessori Academy, we proudly follow the Montessori philosophy and play-based learning model to better meet the needs of every individual.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding iKids Academy or our Montessori classrooms, please feel free to contact us, we would love to chat more with you about our curriculums and different programs.

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