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:
ages 3 to 5:
- Put away outside toys and games (and all their pieces) in the proper boxes or bins.
- Sponge down the outdoor play table.
ages 6 to 9:
- 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.
ages 10 to 13:
- Take trash and recycling containers to the curb.
- 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:
- Do yard work such as pruning.
- Check the pool or hot-tub filter.
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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.