These chores for 6 year olds and 7 year olds are easy. With these chore ideas they’ll learn personal responsibility and independence while helping around the house.
Six and seven years old are fun ages. Kids are finally able to do most basic chores and 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.
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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.
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. By 7 years old, this is an important thing to have established as a child.
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.
Important Chore Rules to Remember
To set your 6 year old and 7 year old up for success, here are a few chore rules that you should both understand for maximum benefit.
- Perfection is the enemy. Most kids around 7 years old aren’t going to know how to do chores the same as you. They will make mistakes, half clean, and sometimes even make things worse before they get better. That’s okay. Embrace your child’s willingness to learn and help them with their chores as much as they need it until they can do it on their own.
- Consistency is Key. Life gets in the way sometimes, but don’t let that be an excuse for inconsistency. You as the parent have to be consistent in showing your kids what is expected of them and how to do it right. Once you’re consistent, then you can start to expect consistency from them. Use a chore chart for your 7 year old to keep them on track and make sure they have a place to track what needs to be done and when.
- Try, Try Again. Success doesn’t happen without failure. But failure is a sign that your child is trying. If they don’t get it right the first time, let them keep trying until they get it right. No need to get upset, just be patient and in no time your 6 or 7 year old will be doing chores like a pro.
Chores for 7 Year Olds
As early as 6, but definitely most 7 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.
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.
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.
Prepare Clothes for Next Day
This is a good age for kids to start learning how to pick out clothes for the next day.
To make it easier for them, have a few pant and tops already picked out that they can choose from. Make sure no matter what combination of bottoms and tops they pick, they’ll match. That way, they feel like a big who can choose their own clothes and you know that they’ll match for school.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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!
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.
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.
From shoes to books and clothes, there is always something around the house that needs to be organized.
Show your 7 year old how to color code or organize shoes and books according to size to make them more visually appealing.
Outdoor Chores for 7 Year Olds
Once household chores are mastered, consider moving the chores outdoors. Kids around 6 can help, but 7 year olds should definitely be able to be a big help outside.
Raking can actually be a really fun chore for kids.
My kids use a child size rake like this one at our house. They love raking leaves into tall piles and then jumping in them! It’s a great way for them to get exercise and do their chores at the same time.
This age is a good time to introduce your kids to what weeds are show them how to get rid of them. It’s a job that has to be done every week during warm months so it’s something they’ll learn a lot about.
Don’t go overboard on the shoveling, but let your kids try to help you shovel a small area outside.
Start with something like a small walkway or only a small portion of the driveway. That way they aren’t too burnt out and they may look forward to helping out again the next time.
Spring Clean Outdoors
When the weather starts to warm up, you’ll be pulling out your outdoor furniture and accessories. Let your kids help you wipe off any dust or pollen from the furniture and set everything up in a neat way.
They can help fluff pillow, sweep the porch or deck and decorate.
Before you get the mower out, have the kids gather up any sticks that are too large to mow ever.
I hope these chores for 7 year olds give you some ideas of what your child is capable of. If you have younger kids, check out the big list of chores for 4-5 year olds.
Need more chore ideas?
Our ultimate age appropriate chores for kids guide has a list of chores for every age from toddlers through teens and ideas for making chores more fun for everyone.