Age appropriate chores for kids

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I posted about how and why we give our kids pocket money yesterday, but today I would like to share with you jobs the kids are capable of helping you with around the house.

Getting the kids to help around the house teaches them responsibility, giving them self-confidence and is of course so very helpful for you!  I remember when my kids first asked to unpack the dishwasher I didn’t think they were capable, I was wrong.  Just stand back and let them have a go.

A range of responsibility, chore and reward charts are available in The Organised Housewife Shop.

Loads of different colours and designs to choose from.

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Kids Chores

(or as we like to call it responsibilities)

Under 5

Age 5-7

  • All of above, plus:
  • Put dirty clothes into correct laundry sorting basket
  • Unpack dishwasher
  • Feed the pet
  • Help put away groceries
  • Help fold washing
  • Dusting
  • Set the table
  • Water plants
  • Clean inside of car
  • Sweep outside path and driveway
  • Answer the telephone
  • Pack lunchboxes into school bag

Age 8 -10

  • All of above, plus:
  • Peg washing on the line
  • Take washing off line
  • Fold washing
  • Put away their own washing
  • Put rubbish in the outside bin
  • Put out the bin on collection day
  • Sweep patio
  • Wipe bathroom sink
  • Help with cooking dinner
  • Use a handheld stick vac to clean small floor areas
  • Pull weeds from garden
  • Run own shower or bath

Age 10 and beyond

  • Load and turn on washing machine
  • Change sheets on bed
  • Clean toilet
  • Clean bathroom
  • Clean mirrors
  • Vacuum
  • Cook simple meals
  • Clean car
  • Clean the fridge
  • Clean and declutter kitchen bench
  • Wash the dishes
  • Make and pack own lunches
  • Clean pool
  • Pick up pet business in backyard
  • Take pet for a walk
  • Baking for lunchbox
  • Ironing

I keep my kids reward charts in the toy room, as I put them to bed each night we go through each item together

House tasks are detailed on the family responsibility sheet which is on the back of the pantry door

 What other tasks do your kids do?

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