Need a list of chores for 8-9 year olds? This list will give you ideas for helping around the house, personal responsibility and more tasks young kids in this age range can do.
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Once kids reach eight years old, they have probably mastered self care. They can brush their teeth, brush their hair, and bathe, clothe and feed themselves with no problems. They have proven that they are capable of handling the basics and they are ready to start taking on more challenging tasks.
If you read our Big List of Chores for 6-7 Year Olds article, you will know that at that age, kids are working on fine-tuning the chores they learned when they were around four and five. Things like cleaning their room, doing laundry, and so on. At each age, parents can add on the amount of responsibility their child can handle.
Now that they’ve reached eight or nine, it’s time to kick it up another notch. Another trip around the sun means those young brains and muscles have developed even more and are ready to chip in even more around the house.
Consider these age appropriate chores for 8-9 year olds:
1. Make simple meals
With adult supervision, kids can begin to make more meals in the kitchen. To get started, they can make simple snacks for themselves and their siblings and easy meals.
If you haven’t started already, this is a great time to teach them how to use the stove top. It will open up a world of possibilities for them. They can start experimenting with their own recipes or use tried and true recipes.
Nine year olds should also be familiar with the proper, safe way to use a knife, so chopping fruits and veggies can be included in the simple meals they make. (Try this safe kitchen knife set that cuts fruits and veggies, but won’t cut skin!)
Here are a few easy ideas to get them started:
- Sandwiches, fruit, veggies
- Eggs, pancakes
- soup, grilled cheese
- carrots (peel and chop)
2. Pack own lunch for school
Keeping with the theme of making their own simple meals, eight and nine year olds should be able to pack their own school lunches. This should be an easy task since they know their way around the kitchen by now.
Whether it’s leftovers from last night’s dinner in Tupperware, or they make a completely new meal of sandwiches and soup, it’s one more thing mom can gladly scratch off her list of things to do.
To make it even easier on them, teach them to pack their lunch at night so they won’t be late for the school bus in the morning.
3. Pick out own school clothes
By this age, kids should be able to pick out their own school clothes. They will probably be developing their own sense of style, so they’ll have an idea of what they want to wear.
Once they’ve made their lunch in the evenings, teach them to pick out their clothes for school the next day. With consistency, they’ll get into the habit of doing these things the night before.
4. Have complete hygiene routine
As mentioned before, they will likely have a hygiene routine already. At eight and nine years old, this is the perfect time for you as the parent to check in periodically to make sure the routine is sufficient. (You don’t want your kid to be the smelly one at school)
Before they get too old, double check to make sure all important hygiene tasks are being completed. Make sure that a good habit is established going forward before those infamous teen years come around.
5. Feed and Walk Pets
If part of the agreement for allowing them to get a pet was that they would have to take an active role in caring for the pet, now is the time to make sure they are following through with that promise.
A child eight years old or older should be able to locate a pet’s food, measure the correct amount, and distribute it in the pet’s dish. He should also be able to clean up any spills from filling water or food bowls.
As a younger child, it’s a good idea to let them accompany you when taking the family pet for a walk. Use your judgement to determine when and if they can start doing it on their own. Consider things like are they familiar enough with the area you live in? Is your neighborhood safe? Are they big enough to handle a large pet (if applicable)? Once they can safely do these things, which is typically around 8-9 years old, this can become a regular chore.
6. Dust, vacuum, sweep, mop
These chores usually go hand-in-hand. And because they’ve been learning to do these chores since they were around 4 or 5, it should be second-nature to them now. A simple list of when to do these tasks and in what rooms will be helpful to keep kids on top of these chores.
7. Clean the bathroom
A list of bathroom chores for 8-9 year olds includes clean the sink and mirror, sweep and mop the floor, and take out the trash.
8. Clean the kitchen
The same goes for the kitchen. Once they’ve prepared a simple meal, they should be able to clean up after themselves. Including wiping the counters, loading and dirty dishes into the dishwasher (and unloading the dishwasher), and sweep and mop the floors.
9. Take out trash
By nine, kids should be able to lift the trash bag out of the garbage can and tie it to take it outside. Allow them to go around the house and empty the trash can from each room. Once they’ve taken all trash outside, remind them to refill bags!
10. Do own laundry
Because I have been teaching my kids from a young age, they are now capable of doing a complete cycle of laundry.
By eight and nine, a child can fully sort clothes, wash, dry, fold, and put them away their own clothes. Of course, they may still need a bit of help hanging clothes on hangers or pouring laundry detergent, but overall, they should be able to do these chores on their own.
Things to consider
Obviously, every child is different. Some children pick up on things quickly while others take a while longer to catch on. Don’t get frustrated if your child takes longer than expected to master a chore you’ve given them. Remember that there are just as many unique learning styles and paces as there are people in the world – and children are no exception.
Differences in maturity, physical strength, mental development, and a many other things play a role in how long it may take them. Remember, it’s not a race. Take your time explaining and showing them what to do and most importantly be consistent!
It may take a few rounds of you modeling for them how to do a chore the correct way. It may even take more than a few rounds, but don’t lose heart. You are instilling in them valuable lessons that they will take with them through the rest of their lives.