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10 Household Chores for Kids


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We’ve happily used our chore charts for years now. Recently, I added daily checklists for the kids that don’t work as well as I’d hoped since I tend to forget to remind them to do the evening jobs on the checklist and they tend to conveniently forget to do them. However, overall the checklists are working well, too.

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Now that my kids are older, there isn’t much around the house that they aren’t capable of doing, which is very nice. I thought I’d share with you some household chore ideas for a variety of ages and abilities, though.

Chores for Toddlers and Preschoolers

1. Feed the pets.

2. Pick up toys.

3. Carry dirty dishes to the sink.

Our chore chart uses picture cards so that even non-readers can easily know what they need to do.

chore cards

Chores for Elementary-Aged Kids

4. Load or unload the dishwasher.

5. Set the table.

6. Make beds.

7. Sort and start the laundry.

Chores for Middle School and Up

8. Do laundry start to finish, including folding and putting away.

9. Clean bathrooms.

10. Take out the trash.

Of course there are many other jobs that kids of all ages can do to help around the house. Those are just some ideas to get you started. What jobs are your kids responsible for around the house?

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  1. I just recently revamped our who-does-what chores and your list lines right about where mine are. My 8yo helps with cleaning the kids bathroom (wipes everything down once a day) and the  laundry (starting loads and folding her clothes and her baby brothers, I do the rest); my 6yo does the dishwasher and our company bathroom wipedown, and my 4 year old takes care of our basket where the kids dump all their shoes (tidying it up once a day, collecting random shoes around the house) and emptying the basket that is on our stairs to everyone's room once a day. They all also have to help set & clear the table and meals and pick up their rooms. This plan has been working well for us for a few weeks, and now that we  have cemented who's responsible for what, it seems to be going well. : )

  2. Our wrote about our chores for Top Ten Tuesday too.
    I firmly believe that chores are good for kids. It teaches them resposibiliy and sometimes they have fun doing the.

  3. Our wrote about our chores for Top Ten Tuesday too.
    I firmly believe that chores are good for kids. It teaches them resposibiliy and sometimes they have fun doing the.

  4. My kids do alot of the same.  There isn't anything that they don't do.  Wash floors, vaccum, pick up!!!  The littles feed the dog and brush him.  I also have them clean windows, they love doing that!

  5. My kids are 6 and 3 and they are responsible for:

    -Carrying their dirty dishes to the sink.
    -Cleaning their area of the table after eating (we're still working on this one)
    -Cleaning their bathroom. (bc they get so much toothpaste in the sink, they take tunrs cleaning it daily). They spray a safe cleaner and use paper towel. Who ever is not cleaning the sink, has to straighten the rugs out.
    -I help them clean their room bc there is just so much stuff.

  6. Once a month my six y/o takes lysol wipes and cleans all of the door knobs in our house.  Likewise after the door knobs she goes around and cleans all of the light switches.  We use
    chore charts and other materials from titus2.com .

  7. You're so smart.  I need to be getting my kids to be doing chore lists like that!  Thanks for linking up to Top Ten Tuesday!  🙂

  8. Kris, my two dc unload and load the dishwasher, vacuum and dust, clean their bathroom, fold their own clothes and put them away, fold towels and washcloths, and set the table. Those are the basics! Oh, and they feed the dogs most of the time.

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