kitchen cleaning with kids
A Guide for Getting Kids to help with KP Duties
At what age can a child set and clear the table? When can a kid take out the garbage? Kitchen patrol isn't anyone's favorite chore, but it beats cleaning the bathroom hands-down.
You could always give your kids the option of scrubbing the toilet if they're not in the mood to rinse dishes and put them in the dishwasher.
This quick guide to kitchen cleaning with kids will help you divvy up the KP chores.
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. Of course, some of these chores need to be done each day, others once a week, and still others once a month or even less frequently. Use your best judgment for what gets done when.
Kitchen Cleaning With Kids: Chores for Ages 2 and Under
- Close cabinet doors and drawers
Chores for Kids Ages 3 to 5:
- Place dirty dishes on the kitchen counter
- Sponge down the play table
- Help unload the dishwasher
Chores for Kids Ages 6 to 9:
- Do simple cooking tasks such as rinsing vegetables
- Put dishes into the dishwasher
- Wipe kitchen table, chairs, high chair, counters, and cooktop or range
- Wipe down the interior of the microwave
- Sweep or vacuum kitchen floor and damp-mop any spills
- Empty and wipe wastebaskets clean, using disinfecting wipes
Chores for Kids Ages 10 to 13:
- Disinfect kitchen countertops
Chores for Teens Ages 14 to 17:
- Clean coffeemaker thoroughly