Kids and cleaning: Which chores are appropriate based on your child’s age?

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Chores for kids

MILWAUKEE — You want your kids to help around the house — but how do you know what chores are appropriate for their age?

Dr. Matt Jandrisevits with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin joined Studio A with some tips.

Two to three years old:

  • Throw away diapers in a trash can
  • Pick up toys
  • Fold washcloths
  • Help set table
  • Wipe down trash can

Four to five years old:

  • Put away toys
  • Straighten books on a bookshelf
  • Put away clean silverware
  • Help clean bedroom
  • Sweep kitchen with small broom
  • Clean off table
  • Wipe down dirty walls
  • Fold towels

Six to seven years old:

  • Lighter cleaning of the bathroom (wipe down sink, toilet, mirror, sweep floor)
  • Unload dishwasher
  • Wash light loads of dishes
  • Take clothes out of the dryer
  • Put wet clothes from the washer into the dryer

Eight to nine years old:

  • Dust
  • Wash dishes
  • Help with meal prep
  • Vacuum
  • Bring trash to curb on trash day
  • Take care of pets
  • Empty trash in house
  • Weed flowers/ garden
  • Organize toy cabinets

10-12 years old:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Wash basic laundry
  • Make easy meals
  • Mop floors
  • Clean the kitchen
  • Help watch younger siblings
  • Tidy the basement/ garage
  • Clean out the car
  • Do a light clean of inside the refrigerator

13+ years old

  • Clean tub/ shower
  • Make dinner meals alone
  • Iron clothes
  • Dust ceiling fans
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