The subject of chores for kids is a difficult one.

Difficult for the kids because they would prefer a chore-free world. Difficult for the parents to find the right ones and then make sure the work is done.

The good news is that the whole family benefits when chores are distributed! Kids Activities Blog is excited to tackle this subject.

No matter what time of year it might be, a routine can help keep things organized! Oh my beloved routine! Part of routine at my house means the children start a new batch of chores.


I think the word itself has such a negative connotation. I firmly believe that every member of the family contributes to helping run/maintain the household and each of my children have a part in that. They need these responsibilities and life lessons, so I don’t send them out into the world helpless.

Kids Chores By Age

Each school year, chores change for each child based on their grade and maturity level. As a mom, you know what your child can or can’t handle. Middle school girls can do their own laundry…middle school boys? That’s questionable. And I always have to remind myself, don’t fret if they do a horrible job with a task. Have patience and show them how to do it – they will get it eventually.

Lastly, don’t give in when they whine or complain. My children know it is expected of them. And the earlier you start, the more normal it is for them to help out around the house.

Here are a few chore ideas for each age group. Keep in mind, you know your child’s ability best:

Toddler Chores (Ages 2-3)

  • Pick Up Toys (show them how)
  • Bring plate and cup to the sink after a meal
  • Straighten covers on the bed
  • Put dirty clothes into the hamper
  • Wipe up spills

Preschooler Chores (Ages 4-5)

  • All Toddler jobs
  • Make the bed
  • Help put clothes in washing machine/dryer
  • Help put clothes away
  • Take out recycling
  • Load dishes into dishwasher
  • Dust
  • Feed animals
  • Water flowers

Elementary Kids Chores (Ages 6-8)

  • All Preschool & Toddler Jobs
  • Set table
  • Wash dishes in sink
  • Put clean clothes away on own
  • Collect garbage around the house
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Get mail
  • Rake leaves
  • Put away groceries
  • Wash car

Older Elementary (Ages 9-11)

  • All Toddler, Preschool, & Elementary Jobs
  • Help in meal preparation
  • Clean toilets
  • Clean bathroom sinks, counters, mirrors
  • Walk dogs
  • Take garbage cans to curb
  • Mow lawn
  • Clean animal cages
  • Shovel snow
  • Help make/pack lunch

Change sheets on bed

Here is a whole list of age appropriate pet chores to try!

Middle School (Ages 12-14)

  • All above chores
  • Clean showers/tub
  • Wash/Dry clothes
  • Mop floors
  • Gardening/Yard work
  • Help supervise younger children

How you plan your week’s worth of chores and motivate your children to complete their tasks (i.e. allowance?) is up to you. There are lots of great ideas out there to try and with 3 children, I have tried a lot. It simply comes down to what works best for your family. If you’re having trouble getting your kids to do their chores, try these tips.

Regardless, encouraging your children to help out around the house in these ways make them a valuable, contributing member of the family. Think of the self-worth & pride you are instilling in them.

Go mom!

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Some pretty good suggestions here that I will definitely use for my 10 year old son. My only issue was where it stated that middle school girls are capable of doing their own laundry but said boys of the same age being capable of doing their laundry is questionable. I'm not trying to be hyper PC here at all. I'm just pointing out that boys and girls of the same age are equally capable of doing the same chores. Yes, i do realize that boys are slower to mature but maturity has nothing to do with the ability to throw some clothes/soap in a washer and pushing the button to turn it on. No offense meant. Just wanted to toss that out there.