Create chores for 6-7 year olds so they can learn personal responsibility and responsibility for helping around the house.
Six and seven are fun ages. Kids are finally able to do most basic self care routines themselves. Us moms don’t have to wipe bottoms or noses anymore by this age. It’s freeing.
It can also be freeing in another way. Housework.
We may be the ones who keep charge over the house, but we don’t have to be the only ones doing all the chores around the home. Six and seven year olds are fully capable of pitching in.
Age appropriate chores for 6-7 year olds include:
1. Make bed
Six and seven year olds can start off each morning by making their bed. It is a good habit to start teaching young. First thing in the morning, make your bed.
However, don’t expect perfection at this age. Remember they are learning, and bed-making doesn’t even come easy for some adults. Show them how to do it a few times and allow them to ask for help when the need it. They will eventually get the hang of it.
2. Clean room
Keeping a clean room is a big part of growing up. And by this age, kids should have a basic idea of how to tidy their room. Things like pick up and put away toys, put dirty clothes in the hamper, put shoes in the closet, etc.
Now it’s time to kick it up a notch and dive deeper into a cleaning routine. A six or seven year old can handle sweeping or vacuuming a room. It’s the next step and will help to build on the foundation they already have set from cleaning their room as a five year old.
3. Fold laundry
At this point, kids will be beyond the basics of just matching socks and folding towels. Most six and seven year olds will be able to fold t-shirts and pants as well as put them away.
4. Clean bathroom
Consider these bathroom chores for 6-7 year olds:
- Wipe the sink each morning after brushing teeth
- Empty trash in the evening
- Refill the soap pump or dish when it is empty
- Change the toilet paper roll when it’s empty
These chores are easy to do and will give them the quick satisfaction of accomplishment.
5. Empty trash cans in each room
Take a walk around the house and help them empty all the trash cans. Once you’ve done it the first time, they should be able to do by themselves after that.
6. Empty dish washer
In our house, the last thing I do before bed is run the dishwasher so that the dishes are ready to be put away first thing in the morning. When my kids wake up, they know that one of their chores (they rotate) is to empty the dishwasher.
You could use our method or an alternative would be to run the dishwasher while everyone’s out of the house at school and work. Upon return, one of their after school chores could be to put the dishes away.
Just be sure to watch them with the fragile dishes!
7. Set table
This is a good time show them how to set the table properly. If you’re not into formal dining, then allow them to put the basics out. Either way, it’s good practice.
8. Clear table
Once a meal is finished, allow them to help clear the dishes away (if each person doesn’t clear their own), or to clear the leftover food and condiments. Show them how to put everything back in it’s proper place (refrigerator, cabinet, etc.)
9. Wipe baseboards and walls
Instead of using harsh chemicals, mix 1 part vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Give them their own cleaning towels to make it fun and let them go to work!
Six and seven year olds should be able to dust shelves, bookcases, blinds, picture frames, and more.
If the vacuum is not to heavy and bulky, let them have a whirl at vacuuming the floor. Most kids love doing this!
12. Water plants
Make sure you keep a close watch on them when they water house plants. They’re easy to over-water.
A good idea for helping to insure your kids know how much water to use is to designate a pitcher specifically for watering plants. Use a marker and draw a line around the pitcher to the level it should be filled so they will know how much water to use. That way they can become independent eventually.
13. Feed Pets
By this age, most kids will have watched their parent enough to know where the pet food is located and how much is given for a meal. They should be able to handle any scoops or devices used to measure amounts.
Why It’s Good For Kids to Learn Chores
We know it’s important to teach kids responsibility, but some other reasons it’s important for them to learn how to do chores are that it gives them a sense of belonging and community. When you help to take care of something, you feel like you are a part of a group. It gives them a sense that they are important and that the community needs them to help it function.
Helping out at home raises self-esteem: when parents insist that children do their chores, they are letting them know that they’re not just loved, they are needed. -Wendy Mogel, Ph.D.
It’s important for kids to feel like they belong.
Another reason kids should learn to do chores is because it helps them to understand that the house doesn’t clean itself.
Up to this point, they may not have given a second thought to how their clothes reappear in their drawers all crisp, clean and folded. Or how when they come home from school, all the floors are vacuumed and the house looks neat. When they aren’t directly involved in the process of maintaining it, it can be easy to take it for granted.
And finally, it will help make them more appreciative of the effort mom and others put into keeping the house nice. They just may be more likely to put their things away and tidy up as they go throughout their day if they can appreciate how it feels to have to clean it all up.
Have younger kids? Try the big list of chores for 4-5 year olds.