Chore ideas for young kids and how to put them into practice {+ printable chore list}

Raluca Loteanu January 18, 2017
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Since Bogdan was almost 2 years old I started to implement a list of chores he could do in the house. I searched for chore ideas for young kids and I began to put them into practice at home.

Teaching him how to do different chores and involving him in almost everything I do in the house has a great effect on him. He is an independent boy and he really likes helping and doing things by his own.

I don’t believe in chore charts and rewarding kids for chores. Because at young ages they are really curious to find out how chores are done and they are driven by their intrinsic motivation.

In my opinion, the best approach is to let them try even if they are still young. It might not be easy at first, but in time it’s wonderful to see your child doing a lot of chores even without being asked.

The best way to teach a young child to do a chore is to do it in front of him several times. He will become curious about it and he will want to try.

Letting him try even if he’s not good at it yet gives him more independence and confidence in himself.

Children learn to do chores when the parents are playful about them!

We had a list of chores in our previous house and I read it from time to time with Bogdan. I told him what chores he was able to do and what chores he will learn in the future.

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He was always very enthusiastic about learning to do new things, so getting through the list made him eager to try to complete new tasks.

Now we moved to a new home and it was time for a new list, so I created one nice list I’m sharing with you (see below how to download the printable).

The list contains two categories of chores:

– the general ones that the kids can do in the house

– the ones related to self-care.

For us, the second ones are the most challenging right now. So I included them on a separate list to make them more visible. 🙂

I believe that this list of chores can be done by children with ages between 2 and 5. The only difference is the level of involvement needed from the parent. I think it’s great to let toddlers try all these chores under adult supervision; they can amaze you with a number of things they are capable of doing. 🙂

I think it’s great to let toddlers try all these chores under adult supervision!

They can amaze you with a number of things they are capable of doing. 🙂

For example, a 2-year old cannot get dressed all by his own. But you can start by asking him to put on his pants. Every small step with doing these chores gives the child a little more self-confidence and independence.

Going through the list with your child at regular times (one per week for example) gives you the opportunity to discuss with him about every chore, to see the progress you made from last week and to see what new things the child could try next week.

It’s not about rewarding or punishing, it’s just a nice way to encourage the child to become more independent. And to show him how many things he has already learned!photo credit: Evgeny Atamanenko / shutterstock.com

I’m sure that until the age of 5 any child can fully complete the list! Especially if he starts when he is young and receives enough support from the parents.

You can find the list of chores below, but you can also download the printable using the instructions from the end of the article.

Chore ideas for young kids: General chores in the house

♥ Put toys and books away ♥ Load and unload washing mashing and dishwasher
♥ Hang clothes to dry ♥ Clean spills
♥ Water plants ♥ Dust
♥ Make bed (with adult help) ♥ Help put away groceries
♥ Help set and clean table ♥ Wipe the table before and after meals
♥ Wipe cabinets ♥  Wash dishes (with adult help)
♥  Match socks ♥ Help with preparing meals
♥ Help feed the pets ♥ Help sweep floor
♥ Help at the grocery store (getting items from shelf)

photo credit: Milenie / shutterstock.com

Chore ideas for young kids: Chores related to self-care

Get dressed and undressed

 Brush teeth (with adult supervision)

  Put dirty clothes into laundry basket

 Comb / brush hair

  Put on shoes (with help)

Download the printable

I have created a 2-page printable with the list of chores every young child can do.

The file contains 4 templates for the same list. You only need to choose your favorite one, print the two pages and display them in your house. Pages 1-4 contain two colorful templates and pages 5-8 contain some more printer-friendly templates.

To download the printable you just need to enter your email address below. This will give you access to the Playful Notes community where you will find a lot of other ideas and our full printable collection.

I hope you will enjoy it! And that it will help you involve your child in a lot of chores around the house!

If you have other ideas for teaching the kids how to make new chores I would be glad to find them out! I’m sure I will need some new inspiration as Bogdan grows!

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    Jenn

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    I make the kids at school do chores...they actually enjoy cleaning
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    tammy

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    I love how small kids enjoy doing chores just because they're fun. I have a tween and a teen and often need a cattle prod to get them moving, but they can fix their own food at this point so I suppose it's a trade off. Pinned to my parenting board. Hope you have a great day!
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    Belle

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    These are great ideas! I ask my kids to do some small chores around the house whenever I can and they usually oblige. Belle | One Awesome Momma
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    Natasha

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    These are great ideas. My youngest is two and tries to fold her clothes. She is so enthusiastic about helping that I really want to give her more to do!
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    Amanda Rosson

    January 21, 2017 Reply
    Great ideas!! I think it's so essential to start teaching kids young the importance of helping out around the home!
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    Josie

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    These are great lists! I always got my kids to help when they were little. Now all I need is one to get teenagers to do the same chores
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    Ivonne

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    Great post! Assigning chores from a young age teaches responsibility and life long lessons, they're never too young to start with age appropriate chores.
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    Amber Myers

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    What great ideas! My daughter has some chores. For the most part she does them, but sometimes she'll complain like when she has to do the cat box.
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    Jolleen

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    I was JUST thinking about this this morning. Lol. I need to get my kids doing more chores. So as I sit here tying this comment, my 6 year old is making her OWN lunch. :)
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    Jessica

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    This is a great list of ideas! I have kids ranging from a year old to 6 years old. They love helping with chores. I agree that kids are curious how chores are done!
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    andrea

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    This is super important to teach your children earlier on. Great post and I love that the chores are easy to do. Helps give your kiddos confidence
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    Nellwyn

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    This is a great list for getting kids to help around the house. I'll have to pass it on to my friends with kids.
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    Criselle Anne

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    I'm not a mom yet but this is really a great idea! I like the idea that you'll do the task in front of the children watching because we know that they tend to get more curious. I'd love to have this list of chores for my child in the future.
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    Aireona Raschke - Nightborn Travel

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    I love lists, and I always have. So, it is nice to see this coming into good use for kids too. The list itself is also really nice. I think this will really come in handy.
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    blair villanueva

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    Thanks for sharing these chores for kids. When J got my own kid, I will teach him/her with these chores. :)
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    Krysti

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    Such great ideas! I definitely remember doing chores and it's a great way to help out.
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    Whitney

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    Great posts on chores for kids!!! I need this very much, the kids are old enough to learn responsibility.
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    Ashley J.

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    Bookmarked! I might need this printable for myself lol
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    nicole

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    I remember my mom put me to do small chores when I was younger and I actually liked it! Make me realize how important it was to help in the house since a young age.

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Comments (19 people commented this post)

  • avatar image

    Jenn

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    I make the kids at school do chores...they actually enjoy cleaning
  • avatar image

    tammy

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    I love how small kids enjoy doing chores just because they're fun. I have a tween and a teen and often need a cattle prod to get them moving, but they can fix their own food at this point so I suppose it's a trade off. Pinned to my parenting board. Hope you have a great day!
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    Belle

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    These are great ideas! I ask my kids to do some small chores around the house whenever I can and they usually oblige. Belle | One Awesome Momma
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    Natasha

    January 19, 2017 Reply
    These are great ideas. My youngest is two and tries to fold her clothes. She is so enthusiastic about helping that I really want to give her more to do!
  • avatar image

    Amanda Rosson

    January 21, 2017 Reply
    Great ideas!! I think it's so essential to start teaching kids young the importance of helping out around the home!
  • avatar image

    Josie

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    These are great lists! I always got my kids to help when they were little. Now all I need is one to get teenagers to do the same chores
  • avatar image

    Ivonne

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    Great post! Assigning chores from a young age teaches responsibility and life long lessons, they're never too young to start with age appropriate chores.
  • avatar image

    Amber Myers

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    What great ideas! My daughter has some chores. For the most part she does them, but sometimes she'll complain like when she has to do the cat box.
  • avatar image

    Jolleen

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    I was JUST thinking about this this morning. Lol. I need to get my kids doing more chores. So as I sit here tying this comment, my 6 year old is making her OWN lunch. :)
  • avatar image

    Jessica

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    This is a great list of ideas! I have kids ranging from a year old to 6 years old. They love helping with chores. I agree that kids are curious how chores are done!
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    andrea

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    This is super important to teach your children earlier on. Great post and I love that the chores are easy to do. Helps give your kiddos confidence
  • avatar image

    Nellwyn

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    This is a great list for getting kids to help around the house. I'll have to pass it on to my friends with kids.
  • avatar image

    Criselle Anne

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    I'm not a mom yet but this is really a great idea! I like the idea that you'll do the task in front of the children watching because we know that they tend to get more curious. I'd love to have this list of chores for my child in the future.
  • avatar image

    Aireona Raschke - Nightborn Travel

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    I love lists, and I always have. So, it is nice to see this coming into good use for kids too. The list itself is also really nice. I think this will really come in handy.
  • avatar image

    blair villanueva

    January 22, 2017 Reply
    Thanks for sharing these chores for kids. When J got my own kid, I will teach him/her with these chores. :)
  • avatar image

    Krysti

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    Such great ideas! I definitely remember doing chores and it's a great way to help out.
  • avatar image

    Whitney

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    Great posts on chores for kids!!! I need this very much, the kids are old enough to learn responsibility.
  • avatar image

    Ashley J.

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    Bookmarked! I might need this printable for myself lol
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    nicole

    January 23, 2017 Reply
    I remember my mom put me to do small chores when I was younger and I actually liked it! Make me realize how important it was to help in the house since a young age.
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