Age-appropriate chores for kids

Boy cleaning the kitchen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- A great way to teach your kids responsibility is to have them help around the house. Instilling the idea of “chores” is important for children to help them grow into responsible young adults.  But where do you start?  What’s appropriate?  Here’s some ideas of how to get your kids helping based on their ages.


•Help feed the pets.

•Pick up their toys.

•Clean up spills.

Cute little girl feeding her puppy

Pre-schooler (AGES 4-5)

•Help unload dishwasher (assisted by an adult)

•Empty the wastebaskets

•Water the plants or flowers

boy waters plant

Young Children (AGES 6-8)

•Sort the laundry

•Help clear/wash the table after a meal

•Help put away some of the groceries

child washing table


Older Kids (AGES 8+)

•Vacuum or sweep floor

•Walk the dog

•Make their bed

child making bed


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