patio chores for kids by age
I use the term "chores" loosely because we're talking about cleaning patios and yards.
But you get the drift, we're talking about keeping your patio and yard well-kept in all of its splendor, with help from the kids.
Here's a guide to which patio chores kids can do around the yard, organized by age group.
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 group below.
Of course, some of these patio 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.
Patio Chores for Kids Ages 2 and Under:
Chores for Kids 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.
Chores for Kids 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.
Chores for Kids 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).
Chores for Kids Ages 14 to 17:
Previous chores, plus:
- Do yard work such as pruning.
- Check the pool or hot-tub filter.