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43 Chore Ideas for All Ages

It’s that time! Your kids are growing up and are at that age where more responsibility comes into play. Chore charts or chore jars are a great way to start incorporating more responsibility. Here are 43 chore ideas for all ages!

Of course, the age groups listed below are just an idea to get you started. Depending on your individual child, you will be able to assess their level of responsibility. That way, you can bump them up to some of the older chore chart ideas or you may choose to exclude some.

Chore Chart or Chore Jar

Do you use a chore chart or a chore jar? Both are very similar and are two different ways to approach adding new responsibilities to your children’s routines.

A chore chart is exactly what it sounds like – having a set list of tasks and marking them off as they are completed.

A chore jar is a great way to “mix it up” by having a bunch of chores written on individual pieces of paper. Add them all to a jar (a mason jar or clear container is perfect) for each child.

Then, your child gets to choose a select number of chores they must complete. A good idea for this is the age rule – 5 years old = 5 chores, 8 years old = 8 chores, and so on. These chore sticks are pre-made and include some blank ones for you to add chores to fit your house.

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Chore Ideas for Ages 5 and Under

Chores don’t have to be some elaborate, crazy list of items a 5-year-old is barely able to do. Instead, incorporate chores that make sense for them (and if they are “fun” that’s a plus!).

  1. Wipe down baseboards
  2. Sweep the floor (with a fun children’s cleaning set)
  3. Fold washcloths
  4. Pair socks
  5. Empty lunch box
  6. Help get snacks ready for the next day
  7. Put shoes away
  8. Pick out clothes for the next day
  9. Sort toys and put them away
  10. Water Plants (these animal watering cans are adorable!)
  11. Restock toilet paper rolls in bathrooms

Chore Ideas for Ages 6-8

Includes all of the chore chart ideas for the previous ages and can also include the following:

  1. Set the table
  2. Switch laundry
  3. Help fold laundry
  4. Wipe/clean light switches and doorknobs
  5. Bring the trash bins up
  6. Fold towels and bigger Items
  7. Clean bedroom
  8. Rake leaves
  9. Wipe down doors
  10. Make bed
  11. Put away folded laundry
  12. Help clean the car backseat (these car organization hacks are genius!)
  13. Refill pet water/food bowls
  14. Pick veggies and fruit from the garden
  15. Organize shoe closet
  16. Wipe down bathroom counter

Chore Ideas for Ages 9 and older

Includes all of the chore chart ideas for the previous ages and can also include the following:

  1. Wash and dry dishes
  2. Load/unload dishwasher
  3. Sweeping/vacuum
  4. Clean windows
  5. Bring in mail
  6. Put groceries away
  7. Mopping
  8. Wipe down tables and counters
  9. Take out trash
  10. Separate recycling
  11. Pick up dog pet poop
  12. Take the dog for a walk
  13. Mow the lawn
  14. Tend to the garden
  15. Clean bathroom
  16. Do a load of their own laundry or towels

What about an allowance?

An allowance is definitely a hot topic and is not one size fits all. Some parents do reward their children with an allowance for completing chores and others do not.

I, personally, never received an allowance or a reward for completing chores. They were tasks that were a part of my daily routine and to me, it instilled responsibility for doing things that should get done.

As I got older, whenever I wanted to hang out with friends (like going to the movies or getting a snack), my dad gave me $10, $20, or whatever I needed. But never a weekly allowance.

Here are a couple of articles about giving your pros and cons of allowances:

It really depends on the child, the parent, and how you choose to raise your child. There is no right way.

Tips for Making Chores More Fun and Easier to Complete

Chores don’t always sound like a fun activity to do, but they need to get done. We love these tips to make chore ideas more fun and easier to complete.

  • Play Music (let them choose a playlist they want to listen to)
  • Do your chores as a family
  • Reward each week or month for completing chores
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique – our favorite tip for getting things done!
  1. Set your timer for 25 minutes of work – no distractions (for kids you can do 10-15 minutes).
  2. Break for 5 minutes
  3. Repeat this process 4 more times, breaking for 25-30 minutes on the final run.
  4. Repeat!

*If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back to your task.

Pomodoro Technique

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