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Age-Appropriate Chores For Children At Each Age



If you are looking for age appropriate chores for kids at each age then you have come to the right place!


This list of age-appropriate chores for kids at each age comes from my book LIFE-SKILLS – 100 THINGS EVERY KID NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE LEAVING HOME.


Under 5 Life Skills


-Put dirty clothes into a laundry hamper

-Help sort dirty clothes into color piles

-Help feed the pet

-Get the mail

-Pick up toys

-Empty dishwasher and put dishes away

-Pour milk or juice into a cup or onto cereal


Age 6-10 Life Skills



-Organize own drawers and closet

-Empty dishwasher and put dishes away

– Wash and dry dishes by hand

-Straighten up living and family rooms

-Rake leaves

-Help put groceries away

-Make a sandwich and toast

-Wash out plastic trash cans

-Clean mirrors and windows

-Run own shower or bath

-Clean windows

-Empty kitchen trash

-Use a vacuum cleaner

-Clean pet cages and food bowls

-Use a broom and dustpan

-Sweep porches and decks

-Answer the telephone

-Take a written phone message

-Learn basic food groups and good nutrition habits

-Read and prepare a simple recipe

-Make hard and soft boiled eggs

-Pack lunchboxes into schoolbag

-Cut up own food

-Water plants

-Strip sheets off bed

-Straighten up book and toy shelves

-Fold clothes neatly

-Water house plants and lawn outside

-Wipe bathroom sink

-Load and turn on dishwasher

-Trim own nails and clean own ears

-Set table correctly

-Mop floor

-Peel vegetables

-Understand basic time management skills

-Load and operate washing machine and dryer

-Fold blankets neatly

-Straighten and organize kitchen drawers and refrigerator

-Prepare hot beverages

-Dust household furniture

-Count money and give change


Portrait of a cute little pin-up girl with a vacuum cleaner over pink background.



Age 10-12 Life Skills



-Peg washing on the line

-Take washing off the line

-Fold washing and put it away

-Remake own bed with clean sheets

-Bake a cake or pancakes from scratch

-Help with cooking dinner

-Make a green salad and dressing

-Cook hot dogs and scrambled eggs

-Grill meat

-Understand the importance of ingredient and nutrient labeling

-Know how to select and prepare fruits and vegetables

-Know basic emergency first-aid procedures

-Understand uses of medicine and seriousness of overuse

-Understand basic money management

-Clean oven and stove

-Pull weeds from the garden

-Do simple mending and sew on buttons

-Understand basics of camera use

-Take pet for a walk


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Ages 13 to 15 Life Skills



-Replace light bulbs

-Iron clothes

-Wash and polish a car

-Maintain a bicycle – fill tires with air and oil squeaks

-Make grocery lists

-Shop for groceries

-Make dinners alone

-Make deposits and withdrawals at the bank

-Perform basic first aid and CPR

-Manage a day of activities

-Learn to touch-type


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Ages 16 to 18 Life Skills



-Plan well-balanced meals, including shopping and cooking

-Pass a driver’s test


-Have a work experience (paid or unpaid) with responsibilities and set hours.

-Do simple home repairs

-Fill out a job application

-Watch younger siblings

-Make one complete meal

-Prepare a resume


Mother with her 5 years old kids cooking holiday pie in the kitchen, casual lifestyle photo series in real life





I think it’s important to include a special note for parents of children with special needs.  

As a mother of two children, one of whom has a degenerative neuro-muscular condition, I understand full well that not every child or young adult will be able to master all the skills included this book.

Under these circumstances, I think it is important that children start where they are, use what they have and do what they can.

In my book THEY SAY I’M SPECIAL: 100 TIPS FOR RAISING A HAPPY AND RESILIENT CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS I identified numerous ways in which a parent could help boost their child’s confidence, especially when they are not able to do so in the traditional way.

You will need to identify your child’s strengths and work out what they are capable of doing.

Can they help oversee and manage any activities?

Can they assist in making decisions on meal-planning or purchases?

Can they offer their opinions, ideas or thoughts on a subject matter?

Can they become experts on a topic that interests them?


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Every child has his or her own strengths and has something special to offer so you will need to tailor their personal tasks and skill-building exercises to their individual abilities.  

Do not do for your children what they can do for themselves.

Remember every child wants to feel competent and smart.

Even children with special needs have a desire to feel needed and valuable, just like everyone else. 

Just as able-bodied kids grow confident when they gain new skills, children with special needs also benefit from the opportunity to assert their independence.

So look for different ways that you can make this happen as self-confidence is the foundation of all great success and achievement.  

As a wise person once said, “The simple goal of being a family, of parenting our children, doesn’t really look any more complicated than this: Raise them well equipped to leave home and to establish faithful lives that are both fulfilling and self-sufficient.”


Looking for a book to give your child LIFE SKILLS? Then check out LIFE SKILLS – 100 THINGS EVERY KID NEEDS TO KNOW BEFORE LEAVING HOME.


Life Skills For Kids Book by Frances Vidakovic

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