Welcome back to another edition of Homemaker Monday. Last time we talked about ways to get your kids to help with chores. But what chores are age appropriate? Today we are going to share some age appropriate chores broken down in age groups.
Age Appropriate Chores
2-3 Years Old
Putting away toys.
Now I am not talking about all pretty Pinterest like toy storage. But you can get your child to help put toys into a toy bin. Make it fun. My boys lovd to race to see who can put the toys away the fastet.
Put laundry in the hamper.
Start them young. You will thank me when they are older.
Have them copy you.
Kids love to do what their parents are doing. If they have a small broom or toy vacuum, they can follow along and copy what you do.
If you have pets you can have them in charge of feeding them. Just make sure to supervise. My kids loved to overfill the dog bowl.
4-5 Years Old
Set the table.
They can now start with helping to set the table. Just keep it safe and have mom, dad or an older sibling place the knives.
Help with meals.
There are so many ways they can help with meals at this age. Wash the vegetables, mix the ingredients and pour from the measuring cup are a few examples.
Hand them a Swiffer and let them have some fun dusting. This was a favourite past time of my boys when they were little. And really, what adult actually likes to dust?
Carry in the groceries.
In my house, I do the list-making and shopping. The rest of the family has to bring it in and put it away. When my kids were younger they could carry in the lighter stuff like the bread and toilet paper.
6-8 Years Old
Take out the trash.
Time for dad to get a break on the chores. At this age, my boys were responsible for bringing the trash and recycling to the garage then out to the curb on garbage night. Well unless there was a lot of it or it was heavy, then mom or dad would help.
Putting away laundry.
They are now old enough to put away their own dang laundry. We will fold it and put it in their own laundry bin. It is their chore to bring their laundry bin to their room and put it away.
Do the dishes.
Was closer to the 8 year old mark when we started having our older son do the dishes. At that time we didn’t have a dishwasher. Now that we do his brother started to take turns with loading the dishwasher.
9-12 Years Old
At this age, they are fully capable of making their own school lunch. We have a list of what is required in their lunch and I just check it over once they are done to make sure they have everything they need.
Clean the bathroom.
I am lucky that we now live in a home where the boys have their own bathroom. If you have boys you know how lucky I am. They are also in charge of cleaning it.
Remember all those hours you spent raking the leaves just for the kids to jump in the pile and you had to start all over? They are now old enough to wake the leaves themselves. Once winter hits break out the shovel. I will admit though this is the first year my kids are having to help out with shovelling. They are 8 and 12.
The Teen Years
Time to prep them for college and living on their own. They can start doing laundry, making simple meals and help with any chores that need to be done. ENJOY! Your years of doing it all yourself is over.