As Miss Manners asserted in ‘teaching children self-love‘, giving kids household chores helps give them confidence and boosts personal growth. Now, we’re not ones to ignore that little beacon of light so we thought we’d better explore this in more detail. It’s great to hear that even kids as young as 2 can help but obviously chores need to be age appropriate – painting the shed may be a little past their capabilities …

Generally though, you can start children doing chores young and help them foster independence and skills.

We don’t know who Robert Heinlein is actually but his quote makes sense – self indulgent, unskilled, lazy people are not whom we want our children to be, right? So check out the chores for children list below and get them working for their pocket money.

It may not be anytime soon, but one day they will thank you!


Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.

Robert A. Heinlein

Children’s Chores By Age

Age 3-4

  • Feed pets
  • Put dirty clothes in the washing basket
  • Pick up toys
  • Get newspapers and post
  • Pick up leaves & sticks
  • Water garden

Age 5-6

  • Open curtains
  • Make bed (if its a Duvet)
  • Hang up coats and put away shoes
  • Carry cups/plates to dishwasher
  • Wipe kitchen table
  • Unload shopping
  • Clean out Pets cage

Age 7-8

  • Fold laundry
  • Put away clothes
  • Keep room tidy and clean
  • Tidy bedroom
  • Set table for mealtimes
  • Clear the table for mealtimes
  • Light dusting around the house
  • Sweep outside

Age 9-10

  • Put a wash on
  • Hoover
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Organise drawers
  • Make tea
  • Get logs
  • Weeding
  • Empty Bins
  • Sort recycling
  • Wash car

In Our Dreams

  • Make a delicious meal and clear away
  • Make a really good G & T
  • Change all the beds (oh yes!)
  • Get a job and pay all the bills………now, we’re talking….