In my last post, I explained how we found a chore system that works better for us. It’s flexible, cheap, easy to use, and works for multiple ages. Read more about it to learn about the Acts of Service board and Job Jar we use every day.
What Are Some Age-Appropriate Kids’ Chores Your Children Can Do?
The best way I’ve found to determine which tasks fit into your chore system is to look around the house and see what your kids can do!
Just for fun, here’s a video of our kids (ok, mostly me) singing the transition song for Acts of Service. It’s to the tune of Tractor by Slugs, Bugs and Lullabies.
Here’s what works for our kids.
- Daily Acts of Service
- Weekly Acts of Service
- “Sometimes” Acts of Service (“Job Jar”)
My 3 and almost 5 year old are required to do these tasks every day as a part of their normal responsibilities. No chart or system required. The toys get cleaned up as needed. Everything else happens just after breakfast and before Bible quiet time.
- Teeth brushed in the morning
- PJs put away (PJs are kept in the bathroom so they don’t wake each other up when dressing/undressing)
- Get dressed (my 3 year old has a basket of each day’s clothes set up in ziplock bags)
- Bedroom tidied
- Beds made
- Toys cleaned up
|Sami’s basket of weekly clothes (she’s 3 – my 5 year old doesn’t need this help).
Each bag has the name and number of the day. Her brother helps her ID the right bag.
|PJ baskets in bathroom labeled with names|
2. Daily Acts of Service
We call chores “acts of service” in our home. We want the kids to know that these are ways we serve each other but are also normal expectations for living under the blessing of our family.
|Daily chores on the left, weekly on the right|
Daily Acts of Service happen each morning after Bible quiet time and then in the afternoon after snacks.
- Clear the table and wipe it down
- Feed the cat
- Clean the bathroom (wipe the counter, sink, and mirror, hand-vac the floor)
- High chair wiped down
- Jobs from the Jar (See “Sometimes” Acts of Service below)
- (Afternoon) Wipe down the chair seats and backs
- (Afternoon) Tidy the entryway (shoes away and coats hung up)
- (Afternoon) Jobs from the Jar
3. Weekly Acts of Service
Every Friday, we complete the weekly Acts of Service along with our afternoon Daily ones.
- Organize the books
- Organize the toys
- Jobs from the Jar
4. “Sometimes” Acts of Service or Job Jar
This is a Job Jar that the kids can draw from. They each draw a few every day to complete. We also use the Job Jar for tasks that earn money (done on Saturday) and tasks assigned as discipline. I’m still adding to this list as we go!
- Clean baseboards in kitchen and dining room
- Clean doors
- Clean door knobs
- Clean light switches
- Clean floor vents
- Spot clean hard floors
- Vacuum area rugs
- Clean inside windows
- Clean outside windows
- Clean appliance surfaces
- Clean cupboard surfaces
- Clean windowsills
- Clean walls around high chair
- Clean floor under high chair
- Clean table and chair legs
- Clean baby gates
- Clean bookshelf surfaces
- Clean toy kitchen
- Clean coffee table
- Vacuum living room furniture
- Clean step stools in bathroom
- Clean garbage can in bathroom
- Clean handrail in stairway
- Clean upstairs bathroom
- Sweep front porch
- Sweep back patio
- Clean up outside toys
If the kids want to earn money, they can also help me with bigger tasks like doing the laundry, yard work, cleaning out the fridge, rotating seasonal clothes, etc.
You get the idea. Just walk around your house and take a look!
What About the Younger Ones?
If a younger child draws a job from the jar that is a bit too advanced, you can usually simplify it enough to make it work anyway. For example, if my 3 year old is assigned Clearing the Table, I may take the breakables off while she takes the rest off and wipes the surface down.
My 18 month old joins in by helping me put the kid plastic dishes away, putting diapers away, and wiping down her high chair. Otherwise, giving her a pin for her shirt and a rag to wipe down whatever she wants (including the baby) seems to keep her happy and learning!
More Ideas for Chores to Assign
– List from the Maxwell’s book Managers of Their Chores
– List from Vicki Bentley’s Book The Everyday Family Chore System
– Age Appropriate Chore List from Raising Arrows
– Doorposts’ Service Opportunities Chart
– Blissfully Domestic’s Age Appropriate Chores list
Have you found a good list of age-appropriate chores? Share it with us!
What do you find most challenging in choosing chores for your kids to help with?