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patio chores for kids by age

This patio chores list for kids details age-appropriate chores little ones can help with outdoors

Keep in mind the age recommendations are just that - recommendations. Your tidy 11-year-old who has been cleaning his room since age 2 can probably tackle some of the chores listed for teenagers if safety isn't an issue.

Conversely, if you've been the maid for your 13-year-old since she was born, you might have to start her off with some of the simpler chores recommended for younger children.

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.

patio chores for ages 2 and under:

  • Pick up outside toys.

ages 3 to 5:

  • Previous chores, plus:

  • Put away outside toys and games (and all their pieces) in the proper boxes or bins.
  • Water outside plants.

  • Sponge down the outdoor play table.

ages 6 to 9:

  • Previous chores, plus:

  • Hang up (pool) towel.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Sweep the patio and porches.
  • Do easy yard work such as weeding.
  • Help test the pool or hot tub water.
  • Help balance the pool or hot tub pH.
  • Help clean the pool strainer baskets.
  • Prepare recyclables for pickup.
  • Clean doormats.

ages 10 to 13:

  • Previous chores, plus:
  • Take trash and recycling containers to the curb.
  • Harvest vegetables.
  • Take compostable material to the compost pile.
  • Cut flowers for the house.
  • Vacuum the pool once a week.
  • Scrub the pool sides occasionally.
  • Fish surface litter out of a pool (with a grown-up's supervision, of course).

ages 14 to 17:

Previous chores, plus:

  • Mow the lawn.
  • Do yard work such as pruning.
  • Check the pool or hot-tub filter.
  • Change furnace filters.

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