11 chores for kids ages 5 and up!
(… because moms need help too! )
I want to share with you today some simple chores for kids ages 5 and up! Let’s be real here…no child wants to do chores. Playing and watching TV are always more appealing options. In fact, my kids often balk at the idea of doing chores. But it is essential for them to learn how to be responsible!
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Why do we do chores for our kids??
When I was growing up, I had very few chores. They consisted of cleaning my room, dumping out the leftover scraps of food, and cleaning my bathroom with my sister.(It was a pretty small bathroom… and we divided it by 2! So, you get the picture… we didn’t have much work to do.) My mom did pretty much everything else. So, when I became a mother, I felt like I had to do it all too. I mean… I enjoyed my childhood, and my mother was the best mother anyone could ever ask for..and she still is!
So, let’s fast forward 7 years. I was pregnant with my 4th child and sick as a dog! I was trying to do it all, but I physically couldn’t. Every time I stepped into my kitchen I would throw up… No exaggeration! It was rough. I spent the first 5 or 6 months curled up in bed, on the floor, or on the couch! (That is how we did school! With me literally laying on the floor of the homeschool room.) That’s when we realized we needed to give the children chores outside of just cleaning their rooms… And we did! It has been the most tremendously helpful thing I have ever decided to do. Now our motto is this: We all live here, we all make messes, and we all help clean them up.
Here’s a list of my go-to chores for my kids!! (Free Chore Chart at the end!!)
11 Chores For Kids
#1 Clean their rooms
This one is a no brainer. I start very young with my kids, having them pick up their toys when they make a mess.My 2 year old even picks up her own toys as we sing the clean up song.
#2 Take out the trash
My 9 year old has been doing this for the last 2 years. He takes the trash out and puts in a new trash bag. He also rolls our trash can out to the street on trash day. Is it his favorite job?? No. But not all chores are meant to be fun and enjoyable.
#3 Sweep the floors
Even my 5 year old likes this one and this broom makes it easy! My mom bought this broom for me recently. It has been so awesome for those times when you need to clean up a mess quickly or clean up the mess with a baby in your arms!
#4 Load the dishwasher
A super simple task for kids! We have our children do this every day. They load, unload, and start the dishwasher.
#5 Hand Wash the Dishes
This is a really good skill for them to learn! Not everyone will have a dishwasher! (And my kids love it… Not sure why… But I’ll roll with it!) We get a little assembly line going. One washes, one dries, and the last one puts them away.
#6 Take the laundry baskets to the laundry room
Everyone has their own laundry basket in their room to prevent clothes from being thrown all over their floor. So, every few days they empty the basket into a larger basket in our laundry room. Or they will put it straight into the washer.
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# 7 Put away their own clean clothes
Putting your child in charge of their own clothes gives them a sense of responsibility. I usually do all of the folding and sorting. Then the kids take their own laundry into their rooms and put it away. I have even recently caught my 6 year old reorganizing his drawers whenever it is laundry day. He takes out all of the clothes, folds them up, and puts them back in his drawers.
# 8 Sort and match socks
This one is good for smaller kids! Folding the socks up is a bit trickier, but it can be learned!
#9 Set the table before meals
Enlist your child to help with setting the table before dinner each night. Quick and easy, but very helpful!! Here are a few things that they can do:
- Get out the utensils.
- Fill cups with ice and put them on the table.
- Fold napkins for each person.
- Set out plates.
- Put out any condiments, seasonings, or butter that may be needed for the meal.
Just doing a few of these things is a great help to mom!
# 10 Wipe down the table after meals
After dinner have your child wipe the table clean, and then dry it. Or divide the washing and wiping dry between two kids.
#11 Load the washer/dryer
The younger kids can easily load the washer or dryer. Older kids can learn to do laundry from start to finish.
What chores do your children do?? Leave it in the comments!
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