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daily kids chores by age

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 are daily kids chores that can generally do by certain ages. 

Once a child reaches a certain skill or age level, he can generally do the chores for his age group and those for the age groups below.

daily kids chores for ages 2 and under:

  • Get diaper.
  • Put toys in bins or drawers.
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper (if the top is low enough).
  • Help take clean clothes from the dryer.
  • Help pick up stray books and magazines.
  • Help set the table.
  • Hang up towel (on hook).

daily kids chores for ages 3 to 5:

Previous kids chores (except for the diaper!), plus:

  • Pull comforter up over bed.
  • Put toys and games (and all their pieces) in the proper boxes or bins.
  • Place dirty dishes on the kitchen counter.
  • Help unload the dishwasher.
  • Fill the pet's water dish.
  • Take backpack from the car into the house.

daily kids chores for ages 6 to 9:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Make the bed.
Daily chores for kids by age.Kids age 6 to 9 can help exercise pets.
  • Hang up towels.
  • Decide which clothes are dirty and which can be re-worn.
  • Feed pets.
  • Exercise pets.
  • Clean pet's bowl and cage.
  • Help make breakfast.
  • Set and clear the table.
  • Do simple cooking tasks such as rinsing vegetables.
  • Pick up trash in car and empty car trash bag.

daily chores for ages 10 to 13:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Pour beverages for meals.
  • Help hand-wash dishes.
  • Make lunch for school.
  • Unload the dishwasher.
  • Disinfect kitchen and bathroom counter tops.

daily chores for ages 14 to 17:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Prepare meals.
  • Clean coffeemaker.
  • Wash car.

Get a room-by-room, age appropriate guide to kids chores here.

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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.