Chores by Age Kids two and up

chores by age ideas for kids toddlers, three year olds, four year olds, 5 year olds

Check out this list of chores for kids by age and help your kids learn about responsibility with age-appropriate tasks. Furthermore, this model starts kids with chores at the age of two and progresses based on kid’s developmental ability. In the early years, these are just basic building blocks to bigger chores as they grow. One way to instill these values in our kids is by assigning age-appropriate chores. Not only does this teach them the importance of contributing to the household, but it also helps them develop important life skills that will serve them well in the future.

Benefits of Teaching Responsibility to Kids

Assigning chores to kids has numerous benefits beyond just helping out around the house. It can help develop a sense of independence, build self-esteem and confidence, teach time management and organization skills, and help kids understand the value of hard work.

By giving children age-appropriate chores, they learn how to take care of themselves and their surroundings. This sense of responsibility can lead to increased self-esteem and confidence as they see themselves as capable contributors to the household. Additionally, by learning how to manage their time and organize their tasks, they are better equipped to handle responsibilities in school and later in life. For more benefits on chores read here.

Chore Ideas for Two-Year-Olds

Even young children can start learning about responsibility through simple chores. Two-year-olds can start by picking up toys, putting clothes in the hamper, and helping with simple meal prep like stirring ingredients or adding toppings.

These tasks may seem small, but they help establish a routine of contributing to the household and teach basic skills like following directions and completing a task.

Chore Ideas for Three-Year-Olds

As children get older, they can take on more responsibility around the house. Here are our chore ideas for three-year-olds:

  • help feed the pets
  • picking up toys
  • putting dirty dishes in the sink
  • sorting laundry such as matching socks
  • picking up toys
  • putting their art supplies away

These tasks require a bit more coordination and attention to detail than those assigned to two-year-olds but are still manageable for young children. By completing these tasks on their own or with an adult help, they gain a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work.

Chore Ideas for Four Year Olds

Four year olds can continue with the chore ideas mentioned above. We continue with the chores for two and three year olds but add in more since they are more coordinated, faster, and can handle more responsibility. For more ideas for chores for four year olds click here.

Here are our chores for 4 year olds:

  • Helping to give pets a bath
  • Taking out the trash
  • Putting shoes on the shelf and placing matching shoes together
  • Cleaning the table
  • Setting the table
  • Dusting and vacuuming
  • Emptying the silverware of the dishwasher (minus knives)

Chore Ideas for 5 Year Olds

Five-year-olds can take on even more responsibility around the house. Plus, as kids get older the more responsibility they should have! Here our some recommended chore ideas for five year olds in addition to the chore ideas for younger kids above:

  • Putting clothes away
  • Folding socks together
  • Making their bed
  • Cleaning the sink/countertops
  • Putting clothes on hangers
  • Helping to clean a pet’s cage like a fish tank
  • Start to load the dishwasher and unloading it too
  • Help with cleaning out the car

These tasks require a bit more physical effort and attention to detail than those assigned to younger children. By completing these tasks, they learn how to take care of their surroundings and contribute to the household in a meaningful way.

Chore Ideas for Elementary Kids

Elementary-aged children can take on even more responsibility around the house. I know growing up is hard and they will have so much on their plate with school and sports but I also strongly believe kids should complete age-appropriate chores, which doesn’t have to be done every single time but to help them grow into an adult. I think of them as adults in training. In addition to the chore ideas above here are chore ideas for elementary kids:

  • Washing and cleaning out the car
  • Decluttering living areas and their own room
  • Sorting recycling objects
  • Cleaning up after pets
  • Starting to cook a full meal with little help as they grow in age
  • Washing their own clothes and folding their own clothes too
  • Cleaning mirrors
  • Washing the dishes

In elementary school, kids can begin to complete any chore around the house. I recommend training them first, doing the chores together, and then letting them do it by themselves. This way they have to confidence in completing each task and also know how to correctly complete each chore too.

Assigning age-appropriate chores to children is an important way to teach responsibility and instill important life skills. By starting young and gradually increasing the level of responsibility, children can learn how to take care of themselves and their surroundings while gaining a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work. 

As parents, it’s important to encourage our children to take on these responsibilities and provide positive reinforcement when they complete their tasks. By doing so, we are helping them develop into responsible and independent adults who are capable of taking care of themselves and contributing to society. These chores for kids by age are just the start as they grow and mature.


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