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Age Appropriate Chores for Kids to Help you Delegate in Your Organized Home

By ken / December 16, 2016

Age appropriate chores for kids simply means that in your organized home you assign the chores for the kids based on each child’s cognitive development.

You should be giving responsibility for household chores to your children. Chores for kids are important for helping them to learn personal organization skills like planning, time management, and self direction.

Use chore charts or checklists to keep track of all the various roles, responsibilities, and tasks assigned to each child and they can see their accomplishments and contributions recorded there.

Chore Charts

It is always advisable to write it down! This makes everyone’s responsibilities real.

Printable chore charts for kids and the entire family are in the The Easy Organizer.

Here are some suggestions for age appropriate chores for kids based on normal childhood development. Of course every child is different, so stay tuned in to your child!

You might also have to make some alterations or change the level of supervision if you have a child with personal organization challenges like attention deficit disorder or dyslexia.

age age appropriate chores for kids
ages 2-5 yrs
This age group loves to help.
They can help with most anything and will be happy as long as they can work alongside you and do exactly what you do. They learn by imitating an copying other people’s actions.

  • help with bed making
  • help with picking up toys
  • help with pet care such as filling feed and water dishes
  • bring laundry to the laundry room

Older kids 4-5 yrs old can:

  • set the table
  • carry small parcels (not too heavy or fragile) into the house
  • help prepare food
  • put groceries away
School age
6-10 yrs
During these years a child’s responsibilities can increase depending on ability but as with school life more and more independence can be expected with every passing year.

  • assuming responsibility for pet care
  • taking out the garbage
  • sorting recyclables
  • dusting, mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming
  • fold and put away laundry
  • clear the dishes from the table
10-13 yrs
  • load/unload the dishwasher
  • wash and dry the pots and pans
  • keep own rooms tidy and organized
  • do yard chores such as sweeping sidewalks, raking leaves, shoveling snow, washing the car
  • operate the washer and dryer
13-17 yrs
The magical age of independence, and the perfect age to get your kids involved in the larger picture of family life like:

  • planning family menus and contributing to the grocery list
  • grocery shopping
  • home maintenance chores like washing windows, cleaning floors, cleaning toilets
  • cleaning the oven, refrigerator, microwave
  • seasonal chores like spring cleaning

Nothing in these suggestions for age appropriate chores suggests that all children will be able to do all these things independently at the exact age listed.

Just like on the job training they will need to be shown and supervised until they are capable of completing the chores on their own.

Success really hinges on talking about roles, responsibilities, and obligations as well as having clear expectations of what needs to be done when and what standard constitutes a job well done.

Make sure you have something in writing that clearly describes what you define as a “good job”.

You might try something on the kids chore charts that is worded like this:
“I will know I have done a good job when…..”

This will clarify what the expectations are for the chores for your kids and will help to reduce arguments about when they are finished. It also helps to teach the child about the value of doing a good job rather than just getting the job over with.

The term cognitive development is just referring to the child’s ability to think. Obviously a three year old cannot do complex tasks like a teenager. Age appropriate chores should be matched to the child’s ability.

Nothing can make a child feel like a failure faster than being assigned something that is too complex for them to do just because their brain hasn’t developed enough yet.

Making sure your kids are assigned to age appropriate chores can help them develop a sense of accomplishment.

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