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car chores for kids by age

Car chores for kids are a natural. They do help muck up the family ride, after all. So why shouldn't they help clean it up?

Getting kids to help with cleaning isn't easy, especially in the beginning.

Besides, how much help can you realistically expect from a child? The answer depends on the child's age.

Below I've listed examples of car chores that kids can generally do by certain ages. Your child may be capable of doing a chores sooner or later, depending on her level of concentration, fine-motor skills, or maturity.

car chores for kids ages 2 and under:

  • Take the road toys he brought with him inside the house.

car chores for kids ages 3 to 5:

The previous chore, plus:

  • Take his backpack inside.

car chores for ages 6 to 9:

The previous chores, plus:

  • Vacuum the interior.
  • Empty trash bag daily.
  • Help wash exterior.
  • Wipe up spills.

car chores for ages 10 to 13:

The previous chores, plus:

  • Wipe clean the dashboard and upholstery.
  • Electronics patrol. Organize and return to cases all entertainment that’s been separated from its cover: CDs, DVDs, etc.
  • Detail/dress tires.

car chores for ages 14 to 17:

The previous chores, plus:

  • Wash exterior.
  • Wash undercarriage each spring.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.