Age Appropriate Chores for Young Children {and a Review}

I am a firm believer in children having responsibilities around the home. Part of being a parent is raising productive children who are not entitled and who one day will be equipped to care for themselves and their own families. Families should be teams and work together to maintain their home.

I have heard an argument against children performing chores that has always made me scratch my head.  It says that children should just be allowed to be children and shouldn’t be saddled with adult responsibilities. Honestly, I just have to wonder how those parents believe their children will learn how to perform simple tasks if they aren’t taught at home.  I also wonder how a few simple household tasks are equivalent to adult responsibilities. Age and ability should always be taken into account when delegating chores to children.  You are teaching them, yes, but you should also not give them a to do list that is beyond their capabilities.

There are four children in my home and all but the youngest (who is still an infant) have chores they are responsible for performing. I’ve decided to share those with you as suggestions for children who are in the same age ranges.

3-4 Year Olds:

  • Fold washcloths and hand towels
  • Set table(with help)
  • Unload dishwasher (with help)
  • Make bed (with help)
  • Clean up toys
  • Dust low surfaces
  • Wipe down low cabinets/cupboards and baseboards with a vinegar/water solution
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper

5-6 Year Olds

  • Sweep hardwood or tile floors
  • Sweep porch
  • Dust
  • Set table
  • Make bed
  • Clean up toys/bedroom
  • Wipe off bathroom counters and sinks
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Fold laundry
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper
  • Empty small trashcans 

7-8 Year Olds 

  • Sweep hardwod or tile floors
  • Sweep porch
  • Dust
  • Set table
  • Clear/wipe dining table
  • Make bed
  • Fold and hang laundry
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper
  • Move clothes from washer to dryer
  • Clean up toys/bedroom
  • Wipe off bathroom counters and sinks
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Hand wash cups, silverware,and non breakable dishes
  • Empty small trash cans
  • Wipe off bathroom counters and sinks
  • Check mail
  • Vacuum
  • Clean mirrors
  • Water plants

With my older two, many of the chores rotate between them since they are both capable of doing them.  Up until recently, we typically assigned chores by word of mouth.  However, we have found a new system that has worked fantastically for the last few months!

TrainMeUp is an Etsy shop that  creates customizable printable chore charts and chore magnets for families.

This system is simple, yet rather efficient.  It provides a fun visual reference for children to be able to assess what their daily responsibilities are and helps them keep track of what they have finished and what still needs to be completed.

The digital chore charts are available in two different styles and a variety of designs. One type lists chores and then provides a space to mark when the task is completed each day for a week.  The other style has two columns: one for chores to do and another for chores that have been done. We reviewed the latter.

Charts are customizable and personalized so your child will know exactly which chores are assigned to them. I printed mine out on cardstock for durability and placed them on our refrigerator. This is our designated spot for charts, so they fit right in. Our kitchen is in the center of our home and is where we spend the majority of our day. This placement also keeps the charts within reach of all the children so they can move their magnets on their own.

Now, about those magnets! These super cute magnets have an illustration of each chore along with the words.  They are magnetized and very well constructed. The images are hand pressed on to each magnet and are bright and colorful.

You can pick and choose from several different chore magnet set options to make the set you receive perfect for the needs of your family.  There is a huge list of chores, privileges, and rewards to choose from as well as an option to add your own! You can even choose magnets that show extracurricular activities like baseball or AWANA. Neat, right?

When assigning chores, simply line up all the designated magnets on the “To Do” side of your child’s chart.  As they complete each task, they can then slide the appropriate magnet over to the “Done” side.

My 6yo cleaning the bathroom sink

We received 15 magnets of my choosing initially, but I quickly realized that I’d need more to use for all three of my children.  I placed another order and picked out 20 more so that chores that all the children do (like making their beds) can be put on everyone’s charts.

It’s now been a few months since we started with this system and I couldn’t be happier with it.  It’s easy to implement, can be designed to fit our exact needs, and is the product of a small business (which I always like to support!).  We’ll likely be purchasing more magnets soon to add to our current rotation.  If you’ve been looking for a chore chart to use with your children, take a few moments to peruse the TrainMeUp Etsy shop and see if it will work for you!

My 8yo returning from checking the mail

Prices will vary depending on the charts and magnet sets that you choose, but all are very affordable!

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Comments

  1. Super cute chart 🙂 I totally agree with you on the chores… if they aren’t learning to do them at home, um well, where will they learn?! Along with the low cabinets/ cupboards, my 4 year old son also is responsible for cleaning/wiping off doorknobs around the house (we too use a vinegar/water solution). Great way to stop germs from spreading 🙂

  2. I love the chore chart but it wouldn’t be effective on a 2 year old. However, she still loves to help with tasks. 🙂

  3. I love Etsy! These are great & I am going to get some magnets & charts for my 2 kids to start learning & doing some chores. If we divide & conquer the mess that is our house, hopefully it will go faster! Thanks for another great review/post!

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