Helpful Chore Chart Suggests Which Chores Kids Should Be Doing By Age Range

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As a parent, you want to make sure that you’re providing your child with the right skills to ensure they go off into adulthood as successfully as possible. But can you really tell your two-year-old to go set the table for dinner? And when can they actually start doing things like laundry, making their bed and so on? All of those might feel like too big of a task.

The right chore you can give to your kids will depend on how old they are. Each year, they develop more and more skills to help them help you. And thanks to a Mom blog called themodestmomblog.com, we now have a very clear chart that tells us what daily tasks are most appropriate for each age.

The chart is shaped like a pyramid and covers kids of all ages, starting at age 2 and going up to 13+. The chart is color-coded for easy understanding, plus there’s graphics that match the chores—so even the tiniest of helpers can understand what they need to do.

If you have a 2-3 year old, it turns out they really ARE capable of setting the table! By handing them a plate, bowl, fork, etc., and telling them where to put it, they may eventually pick it up and want to help you each night before dinner. At this page, they should also be able to help you pick up toys after using then, wipe down the tables and counters, and even fold washcloths (or a small piece of fabric).

When the kid gets to be about 4, 5, 6 and 7, the chart states that they can help with putting away clean silverware from the dishwasher, assisting in bathroom cleaning (hey, the toilet is a great height for someone of this age!), and sweeping up some small areas in the home. They should also be able to make their bed, so consider making it a task on a daily chores list for them.

Once the child is 8 or 9, they can really help with some big cleaning ticket items—things like dusting and vacuuming, even emptying out the trash, which will probably be a huge load off your shoulders.

At this age, they’ll also have the skills needed to help you cook and prepare certain meals. Try giving them soft items to cut, asking them to pour ingredients into bowls, etc. If you have a pet, now is when they can start to feed and take care of them more than they used to.

As the child gets into double digits, at ages 10, 11 and 12, you can add laundry to their chore list. In the warmer months, they may be able to help with some light yard word, like weeding, mowing and planting. They may also start to master watching their younger brother or sister for a bit—who knows, maybe you can even leave for a date night!

The chart continues on as the child gets older. Be sure to check it out—even printing it out and hanging it somewhere accessible can help your child learn what he or she needs to do.

Tell us: What kinds of chores do you have your child do, and how old are they? We’d love to know how this chart measures up!