Can-Do Kids' Chores

Kids can (and almost always should) help around the house. Here's what they are capable of.



Can-Do Kids' Chores

8, 9 and 10 year olds can do all of following:

  • Make their beds
  • Get themselves dressed in the morning
  • Brush their own teeth and hair
  • Learn to tie their shoes
  • Water plants
  • Clean up after bath (hang towel, put dirty clothes in hamper)
  • Help pack lunch (get lunch box; put napkin, water bottle, and fruit inside)
  • Empty bedroom/bathroom trash cans
  • Clear place at table
  • Dry non-breakable dishes
  • Sort clean socks
  • Fold clean clothes and return them to drawers and closets
  • Clean up bedroom daily
  • Bring in mail or newspaper
  • Remove articles from car
  • Strip bed linens
  • Set alarm clock (with adult supervision) and be responsible for waking up on time
  • Help dress a younger sibling
  • Keep a younger sibling occupied if mom or dad is busy
  • Dust furniture with a damp cloth
  • Be totally responsible for getting themselves ready in the morning (including wardrobe selection)
  • Take care of pets: Brush and feed a dog (and walk him, too, if the dog is not too large); change a hamster cage; feed fish; clean cat litter box.
  • Straighten family and play rooms
  • Put away laundry that isn't theirs
  • Set the table
  • Shine mirrors in bathroom/hallway
  • Clean sinks and toilets
  • Load the dishwasher
  • Bring in groceries
  • Vacuum a room
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