Children can help out around the house in many different ways. For example, they can simply go outside to play when the grown-ups need to do big jobs in the house. Some families expect older children to help with younger children – amusing them, distracting them, protecting them and so on.
Here are some ideas for chores for children of different ages.
Toddlers (2-3 years)
- Pick up toys and books.
- Put clothes on clothes hooks.
- Set placemats on the dinner table.
Preschoolers (4-5 years)
- Set the table for meals.
- Help with preparing meals, under supervision.
- Help put clean clothes into piles for each family member, ready to fold.
- Help with grocery shopping and putting away groceries.
- Hand you wet clothes to be hung out to dry.
School-age children (6-8 years)
- Water the garden and indoor plants.
- Feed pets.
- Clean the bathroom sink, wipe down kitchen benches, mop floors or take out rubbish.
- Help hang out clothes and fold washing.
- Put away crockery and cutlery.
- Help with choosing meals and shopping.
- Help with meal preparation and serving, under supervision.