Chores for Kids By Age: Age-Appropriate Things to Help at Home

We all know keeping a house and everything in it clean is one tough job! So, get your kiddos to help with these chores for kids by age. 

Having children help with chores around the house is a win-win – children learn responsibility and independence; us parents get a little bit of help to lighten the load.

However, it is important to give your child age-appropriate chores!  

Chores for Kids By Age Group:

We’ve made a list of age-appropriate options for kids ages 2-12+ for tasks they will understand and be able to achieve.

So, pick a few chores for each child to accomplish every week, create a chore chart and get your crew going!

Chores for Kids Ages 2-3

  • Put toys away
  • Put books on shelf
  • Put dirt clothes in hamper
  • Use feather duster or rag
  • Throw trash away

Chores for Kids Ages 4-6

  • All previous chores
  • Make bed
  • Help feed pets
  • Water plants
  • Put away groceries
  • Set table
  • Help clear table after meals
  • Match socks
  • Wipe baseboards with nontoxic cleaner

Chores for Kids Ages 7-11

  • All previous chores
  • Sweep floor
  • Empty small trashcans in bedrooms/bathrooms
  • Fold laundry
  • Vacuum
  • Take trashcan to curb
  • Bring in mail and newspaper
  • Pack lunch
  • Organize their room
  • Wipe mirrors
  • Load and empty dishwasher
  • Help with basic meal prep under supervision

Chores for Kids Ages 12+

Older children can handle housework that is a little more complicated…

  • All previous chores
  • Clean and organize their whole room
  • Rake leaves
  • Sort, load, fold and put away laundry
  • Watch younger siblings
  • Cook a complete meal
  • Wash car
  • Mop
  • Clean bathroom
  • Shovel snow


Once you’ve chosen chores for each child, make a chore chart together!


Some kids will struggle or thrive with different tasks, so be sure to test and evaluate! Tailor weekly and daily chores to best suit your child and household.  

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