You thought they were helpful before! At this age, children really start to pull their own weight around the house. You will notice that they’re able to do a more thorough job and are able to do things even more independently.
See below for an age appropriate chore list for children 4 years to 5 years:
In Their Room
- Choose clothes and get dressed/undressed.
- Make the bed and clean their room.
- Pick up toys and put in proper place.
- Put dirty clothes into clothes hamper.
The Rest of the House
- Brush hair.
- Brush teeth (let them attempt on their own first – you will want to supervise or at least check teeth afterward – especially back teeth!)
- Carrying and putting away groceries.
- Clean table after meals.
- Clear and set the table.
- Dust the furniture.
- Feed the pets at scheduled times.
- Hang socks, handkerchiefs, and washcloths on a low line.
- Help do the dishes (rinse items or put dishes in the dishwasher).
- Help mom to prepare plates of food for the family dinner.
- Help out in cooking and preparing food – with adult supervision.
- Help set the table (put utensils, napkins, plates, glasses, and condiments from the fridge on the table).
- Help with grocery shopping and compiling a grocery list.
- Help with more difficult meal preparations (make frozen juice, crack and scramble eggs, cut with a blunt knife).
- Help with younger siblings (bottle feeding, entertain while mom is out of the room, feed/dress toddler siblings).
- Hold the hand mixer to whip potatoes or mix up a cake.
- Make a simple dessert (add topping to cupcakes, pour the toppings on ice cream).
- Make their own sandwich or simple breakfast and clean up.
- Polish silver.
- Pour own drink.
- Prepare cold cereal.
- Put away clean clothes (children may still struggle with folding “properly” as this is an emerging skill)
- Set out clothes for the next day
- Sharpen pencils.
- Sort laundry with supervision.
- Spread butter on sandwiches.
- Take laundry to the laundry room on laundry day.
- Take out the garbage.
- Tear up lettuce for the salad.
- Wash hands (without assistance)
In the Yard
- Help clean out the car.
- Help sweep or rake outside.
- Wash and help wax the car.
- Water the garden and lawn with help.
Away from Home
- Simple help with groceries, such as: putting items in shopping cart, helping put items on the check-out conveyor, handing items to you to be put away at home.
- Make thank you and birthday cards.
- Begin dialing and answering the phone.
Also, be sure to check out our Age Appropriate Chore Lists for other age groups as this list builds upon the ones created for younger age groups.
Question: How about you? What chores have you been able to successfully assign to your child? How has giving your child chores helped to build their character? Please leave a comment below.