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 the kids 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.

Remember that 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 of 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 car chores for kids in his age group and those for the age groups below.

Car Chores for Kids Ages 2 and Under:

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

Chores for Kids Ages 3 to 5:

The previous chore, plus:

  • Take his backpack inside.

Chores for Kids Ages 6 to 9:

The previous chores, plus:

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

Chores for Kids 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.

Chores for Kids Ages 14 to 17:

The previous chores, plus:

  • Wash exterior.
  • Wash undercarriage each spring.

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