Age Appropriate Chores

age appropriate choresSuggested Age Appropriate Chore List for Kids

Ages 2, 3 & 4

  • Put toys away
  • Clean spills
  • Put books away
  • Water plants
  • Get dressed
  • Get undressed before bath time
  • Dust
  • Brush teeth (an adult must still brush their teeth before / after the child has)

Ages 5, 6 & 7

  • All the above chores
  • Make bed
  • Help load dishwasher
  • Bring in mail
  • Feed pet
  • Tidy bedroom
  • Put dirty clothes in laundry basket
  • Help rake leaves
  • Help put away groceries
  • Help set table

Ages 8, 9 & 10

  • All the above chores
  • Personal hygiene
  • Help sweep / vacuum
  • Help make meals
  • Pack away after meals
  • Load / empty dishwasher
  • Fold laundry
  • Keep clean
  • Brush teeth
  • Rake leaves
  • Walk pet
  • Put away groceries
  • Prepare breakfast
  • Help prepare dinner
  • Set table
  • Take the garbage out


  • All the above chores
  • Wash car (this can be a “paid chore”)
  • Do laundry
  • Clean the house

Decide on the chores that you would like your kids to receive and add them to your kid’s chore chart. If your child can not yet read then use a picture to describe what the chore is. For example, a picture of a bed can be used if you would like your kids to make his/her bed in the morning.



  1. Great list!

  2. Wow! What does Mom do? And most importantly, when do they get to be just kids?

  3. Candis, this is a list of all chores that children should be capable of doing. They are not supposed to do all of the chores on the list. Parents can decide how many minutes their child should spend on chores per day / week and allocate chores accordingly. The rest of the time they get to be just kids.

  4. Moms are not maids.

  5. Sue White says:

    My six year old grandson is asking for a chore list which is why I am on this website. Kids desire learning to be responsible. And I totally agree with admins response. Thank you!!!

  6. Totally appropriate! Love it, thanks for the guide. My son is 4 and always says he’s “a good helper”. He wants to do things, it makes him feel good and responsible.

  7. OpenmindedBB says:

    Wow, brushing teeth is a chore?! That is no different than showering or washing your hands.

  8. Brushing teeth can be a task for some children. Every child is different, some may do less, some may want to do more. Brushing teeth is for sure a chore in my house !!!!!!!

  9. Alicia Marron HArp says:

    is great but jovenes = adultos some responsablilidades. Keep House clean with out pay. went you have job. I have autist child.

  10. Is there a printable friendly version of this “age-appropriate chores” chart?

  11. April, we don’t have one but will start working on one. It should be up soon.

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