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Printable age-by-age chore chart

All hands on deck! Your kids—even the littlest ones—can help out around your home in more ways than you think.

Illustrations by Justine Wong

Here’s a perfect for-the-fridge chore list, broken down by age. Download it here. Happy cleaning, kids!

Ages 2 to 3

  • Put toys away
  • Stack books on shelves
  • Throw dirty laundry in hamper
  • Put trash in the garbage and recycling bins
  • Fetch diapers and wipes
  • Wipe up spills
  • Put laundry away in drawers
  • Arrange stuffed animals on the bed
  • Stir recipe ingredients in a bowl

Ages 4 to 5

  • Feed pets
  • Make bed
  • Tidy up bedroom
  • Water plants
  • Set and clear the kitchen table
  • Prepare simple snacks
  • Match clean socks
  • Rake leaves
  • Dust furniture
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Choose what to wear
  • Bring belongings in from the car
  • Replace toilet paper rolls
  • Help shovel snow

Ages 6 to 7

  • Fold laundry
  • Help weed the garden
  • Peel vegetables
  • Prepare salads
  • Wash dishes
  • Unpack backpack and lunch box
  • Put groceries away
  • Clean the microwave oven
  • Sweep floors
  • Get the mail
  • Pour breakfast cereal and make toast

Ages 8+

  • Load and unload the dishwasher
  • Hang and fold clothing
  • Make sandwiches
  • Cook scrambled eggs
  • Bake cookies, with supervision
  • Take dog for a short walk
  • Clean up after pets
  • Vacuum
  • Mop floors
  • Organize linen closet
  • Take garbage to the curb

A version of this article appeared in our October 2015 issue, titled “Age-by-age chore chart”, pg. 58.

Read more:
Chore charts: 8 DIY ideas
How to get your preschooler to help with chores
The ultimate guide to chores

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