Download this FREE printable chore chart for kids to keep track of the chores you children complete. It’s a great way for them to learn responsibility and to earn rewards for their hard work.
It’s never too early to have a child start doing chores. Having help around the house is one of the reasons I decided to have a child. (Just kidding – sort of!)
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We have been focusing on having our little guy do chores everyday. Now that he’s older and mastered simple tasks such as clothes in the hamper and dishes in the sink, we have moved on to more older, harder tasks for him.
Since we began giving him chores at a very young age, he is in the habit of picking up after himself and pitching in around the house. The best part is that he finally understand that I am NOT his maid!
Why kids need to do household chores
- They teach independence.
- Create a work ethic that will help build character.
- Teach kids to work together.
- Gives them a feeling of importance.
- Teaches them they are not entitled to anything and have to work for things they want.
- Helps get children in a routine of cleaning up after themselves.
As hard as it may seem, it’s important not to do everything for our children. Let them fail, learn to do hard things and teach them that in life we all have to do things we don’t want to do.
Chore Chart Idea for Kids 2-7
You can fill out the chore chart with chores that fit your Childs age and maturity. For the little ones, it might be easier to use pictures instead of words so they can see what shores need to be done.
Here are chore suggestions for the early ages:
- Pick up toys and place in toy box
- Put dirty clothes in laundry basket
- Help clean up and spills they make
- Get dressed each morning
- Wash hands
- Brush teeth
- Help sort the laundry
- Fill pet’s water bowl
- Make bed
Chore Chart Ideas for Kids
I’m a firm believer that everyone in the house has to pitch in. I’m not talking about child labor, but simply learning to take care of yourself! We are after all wanting our kids to eventually be able to live on their own. Well that process starts from an early age.
Chore suggestions for 8-18
- Personal hygiene (Shower, brush teeth, comb hair, etc.)
- Wake up on their own or using an alarm clock
- Wash the dishes
- Help wash the car
- Clean the bathroom
- Rake leaves, mow the lawn and other yard work
- Learn to us the washer and dryer
- Fold and put away laundry
- Make the bed and keep room clean
- How to prepare simple meals
- Learn how to make a purchase at a store and count correct change
- How to make chore charts for kids successful
- Teach the kids how to do the chores
We as parents sometimes assume that a chore will be simple for a child to do. But we need to remember that they need guidance and we may need to show them by example several time on how to do the chore correctly before they understand.
Give positive reinforcement
Remember to give kids encouragement and tell them they are doing a great job. Keep the negativity to a minimum and keep standards at the age level of the child
To keep yourself and the kids motivated to clean and get the chores done, make it fun. Put on some music or a podcast when cleaning. This is great when the whole family is cleaning together and need to complete several tasks.
Do you use a chore chart with your kids? Do you have a reward system for when the chores are completed?