13 Apr Chores For Children By Age
Assigning age-appropriate chores for your child is a great way to teach them responsibility and gets your child to help out around the house at the same time! There is no exact answer about which task is suitable for each exact age, everything depends on the maturity and ability of each individual child. However, you can use the age ranges and tasks in this blog as a guide.
Chores are tasks that need to be regularly completed. They are usually not too fun and maybe a bit tiring. Children can learn a lot by completing chores and helping their family. Any task around the house can be completed by a child. However, it’s recommended not to let young children handle dangerous objects like knives or a kitchen hob. If you are unsure about which tasks to assign, then give a slightly easier task first and see how your child handles it. Typical chores for children include making their bed, tidying their toys, dusting and vacuuming, setting and clearing the table, and taking out the rubbish. If your child is old enough to understand and follow simple instructions, chances are they are capable of completing at least one of these household tasks.
- Why Chores are important for children
- How to ask a child to help with a chore
- The best time for children to do chores
- Which chores are suitable by age group
- Chores for children aged 3-4
- Chores for children aged 5-8
- Chores for children aged 9-12
Why chores are important for children
Chores are important for children because they help to develop a sense of responsibility, build a strong work ethic, and help children learn new skills. When children have regular chores to do around the house, they learn that they have a role to play in keeping their home clean and tidy. Assigning age-appropriate chores also helps to build self-esteem and confidence as children complete tasks and see the results of their work.
How to ask a child to help with a chore
Children love to be useful to the family! This may surprise many parents but it’s true. Children also like to have their ideas listened to. You can use this to your advantage. Firstly, discuss with your child what tasks need to be done around the house, listen to their ideas. Ask them how they would like to help. From there you can assign tasks.
Be clear about what you expect from them for a given task. Explain why the chore is important and how it will help the family. Give them specific instructions on what needs to be completed and how. An important thing to remember is that once they have completed their task, you should notice and give praise for their effort and constructive positive feedback.
The best time for children to do chores
Generally speaking, the best time for children to do chores is after school and before dinner or at weekends. This way, they can complete their tasks without disrupting their studies or extracurricular activities. It’s a great idea to have a set time of day for children to do their assigned chores, this will help them develop a routine and get used to completing tasks at set times.
Which chores are suitable by age group
When it comes to assigning chores to children, it’s important to consider their age and maturity level. Below is a list of age-appropriate chores for kids:
For children aged 3-4
Simple tasks like putting away their toys or helping to set the table can be a big help. As well as building good habits about keeping things clean and tidy, these chores also help to develop their fine motor skills. Be careful not to let your child handle plates and cutlery unsupervised. If you child is younger, keep the tasks more simple, you can increase the complexity step by step as they develop.
For children aged 6-8 years old
More complex tasks such as vacuuming, taking out the trash, making their bed, and dusting can be assigned. These chores help to develop your child’s gross motor skills as well as their sense of responsibility. It’s also important for children of this age to look after themselves, this includes getting dressed and going to the toilet by themselves, managing and completing their homework assignments, and preparing their school bag for each school day.
For children aged 9-12 years old
Children at this age should be able to take on even more complex tasks such as folding the laundry and putting it in the correct cupboard, mowing the lawn, cooking simple meals, and helping to wash the car. By this age children should be learning to be more independent, they will have their own ideas on how to complete tasks and you should guide them and give them space to complete tasks rather than micromanaging every activity. In their own lives, children aged 9-12 should be managing their own schedules, this can include annual or long term tasks like exams, sports events and performances. This should also include managing their weekly and daily schedule, ensuring that they set routines that allow them to complete work tasks and still have time for playing with friends and relaxing.
Encouraging a child to complete age appropriate chores teaches them the life skills that they will need when they eventually leave home and live independently. They will learn the tasks that every household regularly needs to complete. They will learn ho to manage their time and their skills. They will learn how to cooperate and how to use various tools and pieces of equipment. Most importantly they will learn how to complete tasks that aren’t always fun! By working with your child to manage their chores you can build good clear communication habits too.