In our home, we want to help create a culture of love, fun and celebration as well as hard work and responsibility. Having your kids help you and giving them chores around the house  is one way that you can help nurture a sense of hard work and pride in their accomplishments. Here is a guide to age appropriate chores for kids from toddlers all the way throughout their middle school years.

Age Appropriate Chores For Kids

Have your kids help you around the house with this guide to age appropriate chores for kids from toddlers all the way throughout their middle school years.

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Toddlers (1-2yrs)

Chores for toddlers are less of an assignment and more about fun and working together. Have your daughter or son help you fold the washcloths in a load of laundry or help you clean up the basket of blocks that were dumped out *all over the living room* earlier that day. Toddlers love to be “big helpers” and they’re fast learners too! Give them some simple tasks that you can assist with and soon they’ll be on their way to doing them on their own.

Preschoolers (2-4yrs)

What a fun age! Preschoolers are capable of so much more than we give them credit for. Here are some ways your preschooler can help carry their weight.

  • Pick up laundry off the floor and put it in the laundry basket
  • Wipe off the table
  • Help set the table (napkins, silverware, condiments)
  • Help make their bed
  • Pick up toys in their bedroom
  • Help wash dishes
  • Help put groceries away
  • Help “chop” veggies for dinner (*use a dull butter knife and a small cutting board)
  • Hang clothes on hangers
  • Help put the wet laundry into the dryer
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Early Elementary (5-7yrs)

When your kids reach early elementary ages, they get used to taking care of chores independently because of what they’re learning to juggle at school. Put those highly developed motor skills to work! This is the age where their chores will actually start to take some of the weight off of your shoulders.

  • Sweep the floor
  • Wipe down the counters
  • Drying the dishes
  • Set dinner table/ clear dinner table
  • Put laundry away
  • Making their own bed
  • Water the garden
  • Feed pets
  • Dust (no chemicals, just micro-fiber)
  • Clean windows

The Ultimate Guide To Age Appropriate Chores For Kids

Upper Elementary (8-11yrs)

Upper elementary schoolers can handle chores that require a bit more elbow grease and cleaning products (although, I suggest cleaning vinegar for almost all household cleaning). They are able to complete chores that need a bit more attention to detail. However, the upper elementary workload increases drastically so be mindful and create a well balanced, manageable chore list that sets your kiddo up for success.

  • Rinsing and loading dishes into dishwasher
  • Help make dinner
  • Mop Floors
  • Wipe down bathroom sink
  • Clean bathroom tub
  • Vaccum
  • Rake leaves
  • Empty trash cans
  • Packing their lunches

Middle Schoolers

Middle schoolers are capable of just about any household task that you would need to complete but more importantly, they are increasingly becoming their own person with their own thoughts and ideas about the world. Now, you have an opportunity to watch them bloom! Some of these chores will give them more independence and an opportunity for expression. (Unfortunately, some chores are just plain old nitty-gritty things).

  • Their own laundry (or at least rotating it)
  • Mow the lawn
  • Clean bathroom toilet
  • Make a meal each week
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Clean baseboards

Have your kids help you around the house with this guide to age appropriate chores for kids from toddlers all the way throughout their middle school years.

Alise Durkota
Alise Durkota
Alise is a mother of two who loves the slow, small town life. She is a teacher turned stay at home mom who loves cooking, her husband, going on long neighborhood walks, just about any baked good (with coffee) and playing with her children. She has a passion for all things childhood development, teaching, and learning.