Age Appropriate Chores for Kids + a Chore Chart


It’s important for kids to help around the house.  Even young children are capable of completing small tasks. Often, parents do these mundane tasks in the name of efficiency.  We need to pull back and let the kids help.  The children feel like big boys or girls for helping mommy and daddy. Children don’t feel that’s it’s a chore, but instead, want to help. Children want to do what mom and dad do.  Age appropriate chores for kids to help with independence and responsibility.


We explain to our children that we are a family and everyone has to help.  We discuss the importance of every member of the family making their own contribution no matter how small. Children helping give them a sense of accomplishment and independence.  Chores help teach responsibility.


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Here are some suggestions, by age, that you can have your little one do at home.  As your child gets older they should get additional responsibilities according to capability. You as the parent should have a reasonable expectation of the kids completing their task. still be doing the previous tasks as well.  This Chore Chart is a great one to use to help your child see what they have finished and what they still need to do.  It has magnets so it’s very easy for little ones to use.  Many parents see their little one become empowered using a chart.


Purple banner of child cleaning up their toys to show Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

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This PRINTABLE CHORE CHART  is great to use at home.  You can pick the chores for your child and they can check off completed chores themselves.  My son prefers to make a smiley face.  Your kids can personalize however they want.


Get your chore chart now so you can have it when the kids get home from school. Click below to print.

Daily Chore Chart to help kids do age appropriate chores


Note these are chores that most children at those ages are able to complete.  You know your child’s ability and maturity level.  Choose which chores are best for your child and your household.



I’m sure you know the “Clean Up” song.  Some kids like to sing this while doing the task.  It helps to make it a little more fun.  Also, when they hear the song it is a trigger of what they need to do. As you are reading the song I know you are singing it.

“Clean up,

Clean up

Everybody, Everywhere,

Clean up Clean up

Everybody do your share.”


2-3 years old-

Small child cleaning up the toys into a toy bin is an age appropriate chore kids can do
cleaning up toys


Clean up own toys

Help unload dishwasher-  Tupperware

Puts dirty clothes in the hamper

Clean up bath toys



4-5 years old-

Four small black puppies trying to eat a bone.  Kids can feed the family pet as an appropriate chore for kids.

Can do all tasks above

Help set the table

Can feed the family pet

Put shoes and Jacket away

Put Backpack away after school




5-6 years old-


A table setting with napkin on the plate is something that kids can do to help with chores
set table


Can do all tasks above

Make bed

Help put away groceries

Set and clear the table

Let the dog outside (if you have a fenced in yard or area)

Use a Swiffer to clean the floors

Wipe down the bathroom sink and counter with a baby wipe





6-7-years old


Young boy putting butter on a bagel is an example of an age appropriate Chore for kids.


Can do all tasks above

Get out garbage cans from all the rooms

Take laundry out of the dryer ( If you have a front-facing washer they can switch the wash to the dryer.)

Bring the laundry basket back to the laundry room

Puts away clean, folded clothes

Make snacks or food in toaster and microwave (Ex: pop tarts, waffles, mini bagels, cheese quesadillas, instant oatmeal)

Put recyclables into the can



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Age Appropriate Chores for kids. one example is putting clothes away in the draw.


Can do all tasks above

Take garbage can in off the curb and put away

Make simple non-cooking meals (Including bagel with butter or cream cheese, oatmeal, and a sandwich) Look into the Ultimate Meal Bundle to get easy recipes that your kids can help cook.

Unload the dishwasher

Bring Mail In

Help rake the leaves

Wipe down counters to clean





A child holding a recipe book in-front of a large mixer is a perfect example of age appropriate Chores for kids


Can do all tasks above

Make simple meals (Including:  grilled cheese, dinner prep)

Dust furniture

Take recyclables to the curb



Daily Chore Chart to use for kids of all ages to do appropriate chores.
Click here now to get your own chore chart



Age Appropriate Chores for kids will help in your home.  Let me know what are some chores your little ones do. I would love to hear from you.



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  1. I absolutely LOVE this. I have so many friends with older kids that are always complaining that their kids wont clean up or help around the house. I think the key is to start them young. My son is 3 and LOVES to help. He already has chores. In fact, he’s being helping with tasks since he could walk. This is an awesome list!

    1. ExploreKidTalk says:

      Thank you. I’m so glad you like the list. Yes, usually when they are young they want to help.

  2. Marifaith says:

    Always a good thing to encourage little ones to help around the house…I find the hardest thing is for them to keep their rooms clean!! My 6 yr old son hates cleaning his room!

    1. ExploreKidTalk says:

      Cleaning the room is the hardest. My son will make the bed but forgets about the things on the floor.

  3. Lindsay says:

    Such a great post! Will definitely be using this when our little one is old enough!

  4. Jess says:

    I completely agree that it’s so important to encourage children to help around the house, if you don’t get them to do it from a young age they definitely won’t want to do it as teenagers! I work with children and we encourage them to tidy up their toys and they all love helping to sweep the floor when there’s sand everywhere or getting paper towels when juice is spilt at the table! Great post! When I have children they’ll definitely be helping with chores!

    Jess //

    1. ExploreKidTalk says:

      Thank you Jess. It is so true that starting young makes a huge difference. You can’t expect older children to just start to help around the house if they never had to before. I worked in a school and always made sure the kids helped clean up. Give now, working in the homes I teach kids to help clean up their toys.

  5. Patty Gordon says:

    Such a great list! I’m going to share it on DailyMomBlogs on Dec 13th. I’ll also be tweeting and posting on my other social media accounts. I’ll also look around for more posts to share this year!

    1. ExploreKidTalk says:

      Thank you so much for taking a look. That is wonderful to hear that you will be sharing it on DailyMomBlogs. Thank you. It means so much to me.
      Having kids help around the house helps teach responsibility and learning how to help out. When you start chores when kids are young, it’s something that they grow up doing and it’s not looked at as a chore.

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