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Chore chart for kids by age: take control of housework this Mother's Day

Take control of the housework this Mother’s Day with this handy chore chart for kids by age.


Chore chart for kids by age: take control of housework this Mother's Day

Looking for ways to treat mom this Mother’s Day? Why not take control of the housework with these handy chores for kids by age, so mom can put her feet up on her special day? You can also use this chore chart for kids as a helpful organising guide for getting the whole family involved in keeping the house clean for the rest of the year.

Get everyone on board by drawing up your chore list for kids together and letting children volunteer for the tasks they want to do. But why only for Mother’s Day? If they complete them throughout the year, they might be in for a real treat!

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Chores for kids by age

Chores for children under 2-4

Chores for children who are very young will need assistance - but it’s never too early to show them how to take responsibility for a few household chores. Here are some simple chores for children that you can introduce to them. Make it fun by rewarding them with stickers each time they complete a chore!

  • Put toys away
  • Help clean up messes with a napkin or cloth

Chores for children aged 5-8

At this age, you can begin introducing family chore chart ideas that require more independence. Recommended activities include:

  • Folding and putting clothes away
  • Feeding the pets
  • Dusting surfaces
  • Watering plants
  • Putting clothes in the laundry basket
  • Helping make breakfast

Housework for kids aged 9-12

As well as all the previous chores for kids, children at this age can begin doing more complex tasks. Recommended activities include:

  • Helping to make dinner
  • Tidying rooms
  • Cleaning surfaces
  • Vacuuming the floor
  • Mopping floors
  • Washing the dishes
  • Clearing the dinner table
  • Caring for pet hygiene (cleaning cages, emptying litter trays)
  • Emptying the washing machine and hanging clothes

Chores for teenagers

At this age, teenagers will be capable of doing most household chores without supervision. They can also help younger siblings with their tasks on the chore list for kids. Recommended activities include:

  • Walking the dog
  • Washing the dishes
  • Helping make the dinner
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Carrying and putting away groceries
  • Ironing clothes
  • Putting on the washing machine with the help of a delicate detergent, like Skip
  • Emptying and loading the dishwasher
  • Organising and decluttering

When it comes to drawing up family chore chart ideas, it’s important to come up with age-appropriate chores. Getting the whole family involved in helping mom out with the household chores can be a wonderful way of showing gratitude while also bringing the whole family together.

  • Draw up a table with three columns for name, task and completion status.
  • Agree your chores for kids in advance of Mother’s Day so everyone is clear on what to do.
  • Have stickers for very young children and explain how they will get them.
  • Hang the chart in a visible and accessible area.
  • Safety Warning

    Always choose chores for children that are appropriate to their age and avoid anything that involves harsh chemicals or sharp objects – no matter the age!    

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