Chores

Over 100 Chores Checklist for Kids

Ideas List for Household Chores That Parents Can Use

As a member of the family who lives in your home, children should be given a part of taking care of it. The benefits of doing household chores reach further than teaching them how to take care of the world around them. Chores will also teach your child about having a responsibility and what it means to be a part of a family – gives them a sense of belonging and strengthens family bonds. It is pretty amazing that vacuuming the family room or picking up toys can do all that, but it can! Giving a child the responsibility of a daily and weekly chore will give them the ability to practice using a schedule and give them the ability to develop a good habit. Children who learn routines early find it easier to develop routines later in life – and we all know that having a routine gets mundane things like the laundry done.


Everyday Chores for Toddlers and Preschoolers:

  • Help make the bed, until they are able to do it and then make it on their own.
  • Pick up their room, keeping it tidy.
  • Take laundry to the hamper or laundry room.
  • Help feed pets.
  • Dusting their space and helping with dusting other spaces.

Everyday Chores for Toddlers and Kids Ages 5 to 10-years-old:

  • All of the above.
  • Clear and set the table.
  • Help out in cooking and preparing food.
  • Helping with shopping and putting away groceries.
  • Gather dirty towels in bathrooms.
  • Dust living room.
  • Dust family room.
  • Dust dining room.
  • Dust bedrooms.
  • Dust family room.

Everyday Chores for Preteens Ages 10 to 12

  • All of the above.
  • Vacuum living room.
  • Vacuum hallway.
  • Vacuum bedrooms.
  • Vacuum stairs.
  • Vacuum family room.
  • Vacuum dining room.
  • Put away misplaced items in the family room.
  • Wipe baseboards in the living room.
  • Wipe baseboards in the hallway.
  • Wipe baseboards in the bedrooms.
  • Wipe baseboards in the stairs.
  • Wipe baseboards in the family room.
  • Wipe baseboards in the kitchen.
  • Wipe baseboards in the bathroom floor.
  • Feed the pet.
  • Walk the pet or clean litter.
  • Clean out the pet cage.
  • Wash the pet or pet’s things.
  • Fold and put away laundry.
  • Load dishwasher.
  • Empty the dishwasher and put away the dishes.
  • Straighten closets.
  • Straighten shoe racks.
  • Help washing the car, inside and out.

Everyday Chores for Tweens and Teens Ages 12+

  • Sweep kitchen floor.
  • Sweep bathroom floor.
  • Dust ceiling fans.
  • Wipe off the washer and dryer.
  • Vacuum the furniture.
  • Change the vacuum cleaner bag.
  • Straighten the family room.
  • Straighten the living room.
  • Lint brush furniture in the living room.
  • Lint brush furniture in the family room.
  • Wipe doorknobs and light switches.
  • Water plants.
  • Organizing a drawer in their room.
  • Organizing a the closet in their room.
  • Take the trash out to the street for pick up.
  • Empty the trash from various rooms.
  • Cook dinner(leave instructions).
  • Make lunch for siblings.
  • Pick up milk/bread/etc. from the store.
  • Start a load of laundry in the washer.
  • Switch a load of laundry into the dryer.
  • Fold a load of laundry.
  • Put away laundry.
  • Dust the computer desk.
  • Clean the keyboard and screen of the computer.
  • Clean the kitchen counters.
  • Emptying the dishwasher.
  • Clean the bathroom sink, mirror and toilet.
  • Shake out area rugs.
  • Clean dinner dishes.
  • Clean lunch dishes.
  • Clean breakfast dishes.
  • Clean windows in the living room.
  • Clean windows in the hallway or stairwell .
  • Clean windows in their bedroom.
  • Clean windows in the family room.
  • Clean windows in the kitchen.
  • Clean windows in the bathroom.
  • Clean refrigerator shelves and door; inside and out.
  • Clean out the old food in the refrigerator.
  • Clean the toaster, unplug and dump the crumbs.
  • Wash kitchen floor.
  • Wash bathroom floor.
  • Replace light bulbs.
  • Iron clothes.
  • Wash the outside of the car.
  • Clean the inside of the car.
  • Clean car windows and mirrors.

Spring Cleaning Chores for Toddlers and Preschool Kids Under 5-Years-Old

Younger children can help their siblings or you with the spring cleaning chores on your list. Having the title of ‘big helper’ during spring cleaning is something that makes toddlers and preschoolers very proud. They can dig in the dirt and plant flowers and pull weeds, just be there to supervise.

Spring Cleaning Chores for Kids From the Age of 5 to 10

The concept of cleaning out and getting ready for the warmer weather is one this age will begin to appreciate. They are perfect gatherers. Gather up all of the comforters on the beds to be washed, gather up everyone’s boots to be put away, etc. And they don’t mind doing the tasks at all, they love helping.

Spring Cleaning Chores for Kids From the Age of 10 to 12

While this group may need a little more prodding, they are good at gathering and organizing. Small jobs that don’t last more than 30 minutes are perfect for them. Or you can break down the jobs into smaller bites. Let them take things out of your lower kitchen cabinets, wipe the shelves and put the things back.

Spring Cleaning Chores for Tweens and Teens Ages 12+

  • Help adults with spring landscaping projects.
  • Cleaning out the garage.
  • Organizing outdoor toys like bikes, skateboards and scooters.
  • Scraping old paint and small painting projects.
  • Cleaning or hosing down outdoor furniture.

Summer Chores for Toddlers and Preschool Kids Under 5-Years-Old

  • Helps put away their outdoor toys at night.
  • Puts their wet bath suit at the spot you’ve designated.

Summer Chores for Kids From the Age of 5 to 10

  • Bikes, scooters, etc. put away each evening.
  • Picks up things in the yard.
  • Light weeding.
  • Helps adults and older siblings with easy tasks.

Summer Chores for Kids From the Age of 10 to 12

  • Putting outdoor toys away at the end of the day.
  • Playing outdoor games with younger siblings.
  • Putting pool towels outside to dry and bringing them in.
  • Getting outdoor items out of storage and ready for use.

Summer Chores for Tweens and Teens Ages 12+

  • Small or supervised summer landscaping and home projects.
  • Cleaning the grill.
  • Mowing the lawn.
  • Trim the lawn.
  • Trim the bushes.
  • Weed the garden.
  • Cleaning outdoor furniture.
  • Pool care, vacuuming the pool.
  • Babysitting siblings during summer break.

Fall Chores for Toddlers and Preschool Kids Under 5-Years-Old

  • Learning to pack their school bags.
  • Putting their school shoes, bags and books away at night.

Fall Chores for Kids From the Age of 5 to 10

  • All of the above fall chores.
  • Keeping their school clothes organized.

Fall Chores for Tweens and Teens Ages 10+

  • All of the above fall chores.
  • Raking and bagging leaves.
  • Cleaning out garden.
  • Cleaning outdoor items and storing them for winter.
  • Straighten and make a list to restock homework supplies.

Winter Chores for Toddlers and Preschool Kids Under 5-Years-Old

  • Match socks.
  • Match mittens.

Winter Chores for Kids From the Age of 5 to 10

  • Organized hats, mittens and other winter clothing daily.
  • Put wet winter clothing in where you have designated.

Winter Chores for Kids From the Age of 10 to 12

  • Scraping the car windows.
  • Helping adults or older siblings shovel snow, cleaning the outside home area.

Winter Chores for Tweens and Teens Ages 12+

  • Shoveling snow.
  • Cleaning snow off of the car.
  • Getting the car washed to remove salt.
  • Help with Christmas lights.

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