Age-appropriate House Chores For Kids (3-5 years)

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Age-appropriate house chores for kids to teach them important life skills. 

Getting children involved in household chores, especially in accordance to their age can make them learn important LIFE Skills that can help them be responsible and independent in life. 

Children learn a great deal from doing household chores. They learn to contribute to family, develop a sense of responsibility & feel competent to accomplish the given task. They understand what they need to do to take care of themselves, home & family. They learn important LIFE Skills that enable them to live a responsible & independent life as adults. 

This lockdown has given me ample opportunities to get my kids involved in some age-appropriate house chores. Besides learning new skills, these chores add to their fun quotient and ofcourse, to our bonding time. 

Age-appropriate house chores for kids

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How to Involve Kids In House Chores
  1. The key is to select age-appropriate chores. 
  2. In the beginning, don’t give a particular task and then leave. Join them or make them do with you. Make it fun!
  3. Show them the right way to do a task by first doing it yourself. 
  4. They won’t do any task for more than 10 mins. Don’t expect more & don’t push them if they don’t show interest. 
  5. Give them one chore at a time (or in a day, depending upon their interest level).
  6. Appreciate & applaud for their efforts at the end .
  7. If they create any mess in the process, encourage them to clean it .
Few age-appropriate household chores for kids (3-5 years age) 

  1. Folding clothes (Give them their own clothes to fold or small ones that they can manage like handkerchief, towels, pillow covers etc)
  2. Make their bed (clear the bed sheet, keep pillows properly, etc) 
  3. Put their toys back in the designated area. 
  4. Clean their toys/cycles /bikes with simple cloth/wipe. 
  5. Dust/clean the surfaces/mirror, etc. (especially if they created any mess) 
  6. Water Plants. 
  7. Fill Water Bottles from purifier
  8. Dress up independently, keep their own clothes back in almirah. 
  9. Put clothes to dry (or let them hand you the same one-by-one)
  10. Wipe washed utensils with you. Allow them to putting them in cabinets one by one. This one is something my kids enjoy doing a lot. 
  11. Lay the dining table. 
  12. Wash/wipe/sort veggies, keep the washed veggies in refrigerator 
  13. Peel veggies (basic ones like peas, coriander, ground nuts, boiled eggs/potatoes, etc under your supervision)

Engaging kids in house chores is one of the best ways to keep them busy & make them responsible. And who minds a little helping hand to get these tasks done? 😜

Do you have anything to add to the list? Share the chores that you involve your kids in.

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16 responses to “Age-appropriate House Chores For Kids (3-5 years)”

  1. Jyoti Jha says:

    Really loved this insight on engaging children in household activities that suits their age. Good learning for them. Best to utilize the current scenario effectively, and which will help them always.

  2. Varsh says:

    Charu, my 5yo does every single one of the chores you’ve mentioned, and more. The best part is that she excitedly demands to be assigned work. Kids find this fun and we must encourage them to be responsible while enjoying it.

  3. Deepa says:

    I completely agree that one must involve kids in household work and also teach them to do so. Good to see your kids are helping you in all the tasks.

  4. soniadogra says:

    This is a great start to involving children to help around the house. I’ve often heard parents complain about children not helping around the house. The idea should be to catch them young. Great post.

  5. Great tips given by you in this post. This will not just keep them engage and happy but will sharpen their motor skills as well.

  6. Aurora M says:

    Keep the kids busy is the most difficult task ! Your post is a great help for all those. Engaging them and appreciation, both are important for kids

  7. Swarnali says:

    Thanks dear, you have given 13 very easy ideas to keep our children busy. I have 7 years old daughter and i thing she will love to do these. I will let you know the feedback and her improvement. 🙂


  8. Sayali says:

    Nice. My daughter’s 5 and these are so useful

  9. Kiranmayi G says:

    Lovely post! Will be quite handy for all those parents struggling keep their kids engaged.

  10. jainnehas says:

    This lockdown was an excuse but bliss for me as my kids started helping me in daily chores. It is a great help but a nice thing to do too.

  11. Blogaberry Foo says:

    I let them do so many house chores. Good post. It’s good to teach girls as well as boys that house chores don’t happen by magic.

  12. Harshita says:

    I think it is very important that the children are involved in house chores from a young age. Your post reminds me of the time when I had started giving chores to my children. It helps them in becoming independent! Good Work!

  13. It’s always better to start young. These are great tips! It was an eye-opener for me. I’ll store this in my brain for when I have kids of my own 🙂

  14. Ashvini Naik says:

    Engaging kids in home chores is an important part of growing up & parenting too. Yes, kids need to learn them step-by-step according to their age. I like how you’ve categorised really well these basic household chores for children. These are life-skills & when anyone says things like, “hey, they’re too young. Let them grow up”, I just roll my eyes.

  15. Lavanya says:

    Great tips to keep the kids engaged

  16. practicalmumnupur says:

    Thank you for saying this!! Household chores are not for the adults alone, monkey-see-monkey-do. It’s part of the parents’ job to equip kids to live independently, and the sooner one starts, the easier it is – for everyone involved.

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