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  • Writer's pictureChristal Marshall

Kid’s chore list- broken down by age- make cleaning fun and a family activity

Here are some chores and cleaning tasks that kids can do at different ages:

1. Ages 2-3: At this age, kids can start learning simple tasks that promote responsibility. They can help put away their toys, place dirty clothes in a hamper, or assist in setting the table for meals.

2. Ages 4-5: Children in this age group can do more involved tasks. They can help make their beds, sort laundry into colors or whites, dust low shelves or surfaces, water plants, and feed pets (with supervision).

3. Ages 6-8: Kids in this range can take on more responsibility. They can help with sweeping or vacuuming, folding laundry, emptying small trash bins, organizing their belongings, and assisting in basic meal preparation (e.g., spreading butter on bread).

4. Ages 9-12: As children grow older, they can handle more complex chores. They can wash dishes, load/unload the dishwasher, clean bathrooms (e.g., wiping surfaces, cleaning mirrors), take out the trash, and help with yard work (e.g., raking leaves, pulling weeds).

5. Ages 13 and up: Teenagers can take on even more household responsibilities. They can do laundry from start to finish, mow the lawn, clean the kitchen (including appliances), assist with grocery shopping, and prepare simple meals independently.

Remember, every child is different, and it's important to consider their unique abilities and maturity level when assigning chores. Also, be sure to explain and demonstrate how to do each task safely and effectively. Encouraging them with praise and appreciation for their efforts will go a long way in making them feel confident and responsible!

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