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Ideas For Kids Chores

June 10th, 2010 - Category: Chores

An article was published a couple weeks ago by one of My Job Chart’s faithful users. Jeannie Cullip, in her article entitled “Chores for the Whole Family,” talks about how chores are a great way to teach kids responsibility. The idea for this post came from her. She lists some of her own great ideas on different chores that you can assign your kids on their chore chart and breaks them down in to age-specific chores. I encourage you to take a look. She offers some great insights.

A lot of our users are asking for suggestions on different chore ideas for their kids. In an effort to satisfy these demands, we’ve come up with a short list of chore ideas for kids. Hopefully some of you can add to this list and we can all share ideas together. Like Jeannie, we’re going to break them up into age categories. The three age groups we will offer ideas for are 4-7yrs, 8-10yrs, and 11-14 yrs.

Chore Ideas for 4-7 Year Old Kids

  • Feed the dog and/or other pets
  • Pick up toys and other belongings
  • Help carry in and put away the groceries
  • Dust the window seals and end tables (You can have them dust others things around the house that are not too high for them to reach as well.)
  • Put away clean clothes. (You can also teach them how to fold their own clothes and have them fold and put away their clothes on laundry day.)
  • Make their bed
  • Eat all their vegetables at mealtime (shouldn’t have to be a chore but as most of you probably know it definitely can become one) :)

Chore Ideas for 8-10 Year Old Kids

  • Vacuum all the carpets
  • Sweep and mop the floors
  • Take out the trash (Also, take the trash can to the curb. May be more appropriate for a little older kids depending on how heavy the trash can is each week.)
  • Fold and put away laundry
  • Clean and put away dishes
  • Wipe down countertops
  • Wash windows
  • Clean room and bathroom

Chore Ideas for 11-14 Year Old Kids

  • Wash the car
  • Mow and trim the lawn
  • Rake leaves around the yard
  • Water the trees and bushes
  • Help with doing laundry (teach them how to operate the washer and dryer)
  • Prepare simple meals for family mealtime once a week
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Prepare grocery list for the week (be careful they don’t go overboard on the snacks) :)

These are just a few quick ideas for age specific chores that we were able to come up with. Perhaps you have some ideas of your own and some age specific chores that you use in your household. We’d love to hear your ideas. Please use the comment section below to post your chore ideas to this post. Thanks everybody and happy parenting.

Also, thanks again to Jeannie for her inspiration!

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  2. Katlyn says:

    I think these are reasonable chores, but I dont know how to put a price on them. Should I give them a flat amount of money every week for doing these chores? If so, how much money would that be? For the 11-14 chores, I was thinking $ 15 a week if they do all the chores every day. Is that too much/ too little?

  3. Joe says:

    Well, the system is designed so that you can put different point values for different chores. Maybe you break it down so that if they do all the chores for the week they get the full $15. If you make each point worth $1 then make sure all their points for the chores of that week add up to 15. If they get less than 15 points for the week then you pay them however many points they did for that week.

    I think this will give them incentive to do more chores because if they do more they get more…. and if they do the hard jobs they would be worth more money. Just a suggestion. What do you think?

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