Chores for Kids by Age

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A house full of boys means I have a house full of dirt. The laundry never ends, the floors are always dirty and don’t even talk to me about the bathrooms. *gag* I can’t possibly keep up with all the cleaning so I have to delegate. If you live in our house, eat the food, use the bathroom and make the messes you have to help clean up. (Unless you’re a baby)  So, we implement the 3 chore rule. Each child that is old enough to help (the 3 year old helps) has to do 3 chores before they earn the time to play.


Usually, once a week I will assign age appropriate chores that need to be completed before anyone can play outside, on a tablet, video games or watch TV. Sometimes I have to guide them and teach them how to do the chore but eventually they will be responsible for the completion of their chore.


In addition to our weekly 3 Chores the kids are given daily cleaning tasks like put away toys, pick up shoes and clothes, clear the table, etc… These duties help them take responsibility for their things and actions. “If you leave your clothes all over the floor you have to clean them up.”


So which chores do my children do? Here’s a list of age-appropriate chores.

AGES 2-3

  • Put toys away
  • Put clothes in hamper
  • Wipe the table
  • Dust
  • Help put things away

AGES 4-5

  • Any of the Previous Chores
  • Make bed
  • Set table
  • Use small vacuum
  • Water flowers
  • Help unload dishwasher
  • Wash dishes in the sink
  • Take out recycling
  • Clear table
  • Match socks
  • Fold towels
  • Clean windows

AGES 6-8

  • Any of the Previous Chores
  • Sort laundry
  • Sweep floors
  • Move laundry (washer to dryer) (dryer to basket)
  • Fold laundry
  • Wipe down bathroom sinks
  • Help prepare dinner (chop and peel vegetables)
  • Help load and unload dishwasher
  • Put away laundry
  • Help put away groceries

AGES 9 and up

  • Any of the Previous Chores
  • Cook simple meals
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Load and unload dishwasher
  • Wash laundry
  • Mop
  • Take out trash
  • Move trash can to the street

Keep in mind that some children are capable of doing these chores before the listed ages. They are categorized by the age at which I think the majority of kids would be able to do the chore.

Remember, you will have to teach your child to clean, especially if you have a specific way of doing things. They won’t be perfect but they are learning new skills. Eventually you won’t have to “do the chores with them”.

Do your children to chores?
What types of chores do they do?



  1. This is such a great post! I love it. Very organized. I can’t wait for my little one to start doing his part. ? thanks for sharing !

  2. I like your 3 chore rule as well as your list of chores by age. I’m glad that you have chores listed for a two year old. I actually find that my two year old is more willing to help out than his older siblings.

  3. My four year old may be sad that I read this because her chore list just got a little bit longer!!

  4. This is awesome! I pinned for later as well 🙂 I have an almost 4 year old daughter and although she helps out a lot, she doesn’t have “set chores” yet, but I really want to start and this is a perfect list of ideas of things she can do to help!

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