Household Chores That You Can Make Your Tot Do

When we were kids my sister and I were always expected to help around the house. If we had to go swimming, we were expected to pack. If we wanted to go again the next day, we were expected to unpack and put the clothes to dry.

Somehow kids these days have a greater sense of entitlement. There always are eager people to help; to pamper them.

The school my children go to have a very interesting summer break assignment. It encompasses an interesting list of age-wise chores for them to do.The fundamentals of this “home work” rests on the belief that no job is big or small and that kids must learn to assist and execute independently all jobs that are assigned to them.

The joy that I see in my kids when they have successfully managed to fold a napkin into crooked folds or the glee when they separate peas out of a pod is amazing.


So why make kids do household chores?

In my opinion, it helps with letting the kids learn important life skills,  responsibilities, respect for people and working together as part of a system. At older ages, it helps the mind to plan and allows them to manage time.

While there is no accurate age really to begin or end these chores, but this guide helps a parent to understand the preparedness of the age at which the kids are most likely to execute these tasks.


Here’s an age-wise list on what chores that kids are capable of doing.


Ages 2-3 years

  1. Put away toys
  2. Brush teeth
  3. Put the clothes in a laundry basket
  4. Stack books on a shelf
  5. Wipe down the front of refrigerators and doors
  6. Help set the table
  7. Fetch familiar things such as diapers and napkins
  8. Stir batter in a bowl
  9. Throw things in the bin
  10. Water plants


Ages 4-5 years

  1. All previous chores
  2. Clear table
  3. Set the table without help
  4. Help in gardening
  5. Dry dishes
  6. Serve water to guests
  7. Clean windows
  8. Sweep with a small broom (kids sized ones are available in the market)
  9. Make beds
  10. Sorting of clothes and grocery
  11. Fold towels and napkins
  12. Mop the floor
  13. Help in peeling potatoes, extracting peas and corn
  14. Getting dressed
  15. Preparing simple meals like sandwiches or cereal in a bowl


Ages 6-7 years

  1. All previous chores
  2. Load the laundry machine
  3. Pack own bags
  4. Make small snacks
  5. Vaccum
  6. Take care of pets
  7. Rinse dishes and dry them


While you go along remember to:


  • Keep it simple for the kids: The children may not be able to process complicated instructions and procedures. So keep it simple. Start with one simple chore and take it forward to bigger and more difficult tasks.

  • Take time to show them: Slow down and take time to show your kids how to do it. Remember how you teach them now will last with them.

  • Let perfection go: You may find that the job done is not by your standards but  if it matters, your child has probably put in all his efforts in getting it correct.

  • Shower them with praise: Praise your child and make chores fun and exciting. Work with them and give them lots of positive re-enforcement.

  • Hang in there! You may feel like giving up but hang in there! Training a child to do jobs needs a lot of patience and repetition. So hang in there.

  • Have fun: If you make it sound like a job, your child will take it as a job. So have fun as you go along. Sing. Laugh. Play and enjoy it alongside each other.

  • Scaffold Skills: You can’t reach age 6 and decide to use this chart as a starting point. Building skills is a step by step process. Start with the small steps and build these as you go.


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what are the jobs your kids help you with? Priya Sood

Manveen Dua i get my son to do many chores and we make it fun. He enjoys helping me dry the clothes, tidy up and even dusting. At times he even plays kaamwali and says - "Bhabhi main jaati hoon"

This is just in time....

Tells me how..

Naiyya Saggi Rhituparna Mitra please allow me to boast: an entire load of laundry folded by my son

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Hello all, I am mother of 17 months old son. I prefer videos too when it comes to parenting tips, easy for me to understand and execute. Please find below the similar video on chores for small hands. To view more similar videos, use babystep iPhone app or visit Hope it will help. Cheers !! Sonia

nice one. my kids live to broom( they fight fr it so we brought small sized ones), dust, help to hang clothes, older one folds.
after reading this can add so many more fun things fr them.
one thing i wud like her do everyday is put her bag n shoes in their place when she comes frm school.

my son likes to squeeze the toothpaste for brushing n puts the toothbrush back after brushing. he likes to pull the hand gear once I have parked and open the door. his help with sweeping n mopping is so much that the maid has to shoo him off as he doesn't let her do it! ;)

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I wish I knew this before

Yes I mk her do most of the things. N she too like to water the plants n keep everything back in place

thanks for the tagNayana Pawar ,my daughter helps me n kitchen n drying up laundry .my son 4 yr old does help me by picking stuff from fridge, rearranging the toys, plucking mint leaves,curry leaves and cleaning peas. etc.they both enjoy doing chores

thanks for the tag nayana pawar....some things i already do....but few left will also do....nice one ...very helpful

It's common for kids n enjoying with mom

My daughter folds the cloth
Makes her own roti then i heat up.
Brooms the room
Waters the plants
Cleans coriander leaves
N my son puts containers on the self n do wat is ordered to him.

This is so well written.

This is just in time

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