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Age Appropriate Chores for 6-7-Year-Olds

Completing chores is an important developmental task for children. Chores are an opportunity for learning, motor development, and fun.

Early childhood is an excellent time to start chores if you have not done so already or to move your child to more complex tasks. Starting chores early helps establish a routine under which children thrive and build a sense of responsibility for family tasks.

The key to introducing new chores is to add an element of play. According to Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, children in this age group learn through play and are naturally drawn to play activities. Dr. Cindy Gellner at the University of Utah found that play increases your child’s internal motivation to complete chores and helps them learn about their role in the family.

Ideal Household Chores for Your 6-7-Year-Old

Because chores are a learning opportunity, it is important to avoid perfectionism. Instead, work alongside your child and help them learn how to complete each chore. You may need to clean up behind them if they need a little help or don’t quite master the chore.

Whether you are starting chores for the first time at age 6-7 or looking for chores to which your child can transition, below you will find ideas for age-appropriate chores for your child in each area of your home.

Child’s Bedroom

Children between the age of 6 and 7 are capable of cleaning their own bedrooms. Children should learn early that their spaces are their responsibility. 

It is perfectly acceptable for parents to help with bedroom cleaning, particularly when you first set a room cleaning expectation with your child. But, ultimately, your child should be the one primarily responsible for bedroom cleanliness.

At age 6-7, children can complete these bedroom tasks:

  • Picking up and putting away toys
  • Sanitizing/wiping down toys
  • Making the bed
  • Putting dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Dusting
  • Cleaning floors

Children may be able to vacuum floors. Be attentive to your child and their capabilities to determine when they are ready to operate a vacuum cleaner. You may also need to be careful if your child experiences sensory challenges; vacuuming can be a challenging chore for children with noise sensitivity.

Bathroom

Children can help with many bathroom chores. Remember, adding an element of play makes your child more motivated and helps them learn better. Turn the chore into a make-believe game, put on some music and dance while you clean, or just joke and laugh with your child as you complete chores together.

At age 6-7, children can complete these bathroom tasks:

  • Putting away bathtub toys
  • Scrubbing toilets
  • Wiping down sinks and mirrors
  • Shaking out rugs
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Scrubbing bathtubs

While most children at this age are not tall enough to scrub shower walls, they can still help clean out the bathtub. You can make this a joint chore by scrubbing shower walls while your little one scrubs out the tub.

Kitchen

The shared kitchen space is an excellent place for your child to contribute to household chores. In the kitchen, families tend to come together for meals, conversations, and fun. You can keep the family spirit going by completing kitchen chores right alongside your child. Remember, any task can be fun if you add an element of play.

At age 6-7, children can complete these kitchen tasks:

  • Wiping down counters/cabinets
  • Drying dishes
  • Shaking out rugs
  • Sweeping
  • Mopping
  • Helping to prepare meals
  • Helping with refrigerator or freezer cleaning

While your child may not be able to take on the entire task of refrigerator or freezer cleaning, they can be a great helper. Children can wipe down refrigerator/freezer surfaces, sort food items, and help to put things away once cleaning is complete.

Living/Family Room

Children tend to spend a good deal of shared time in the living room or family room, which means this is a space where they frequently leave messes. Get your child in on keeping this shared space clean.

At age 6-7, children can complete these living/family room tasks:

  • Picking up and putting away toys
  • Wiping down surfaces
  • Cleaning floors
  • Dusting

Dusting is a chore that can easily be made fun. Pretend the duster is a magic wand or water hose. Dance around with your little one while the duster touches each surface. Pretend the duster is “Fifi” from Beauty and the Beast. Keep in mind that play increases motivation for completing chores.

Laundry Room

Laundry is a great chore for which you can enlist your child’s help. Most laundry tasks are fairly simple for children at this age to complete and things like sorting and folding can help with cognitive and motor development.

At age 6-7, children can complete these laundry room tasks:

  • Sorting whites from colors
  • Loading clothes into the washing machine
  • Unloading clothes from the dryer
  • Matching socks
  • Putting clothes away in closets and/or dressers
  • Folding towels and washcloths

Folding is a great, age-appropriate task for 6-7 year olds. But, folding items like shirts, pants, and dresses can be a bit complicated at this age. Start with simple items like towels and washcloths, then help your child improve their folding skills over time.

Final Thoughts

Completing chores is an important developmental task for children. Chores are an opportunity for learning, motor development, and fun. By including play in chores, you are helping your child learn better and increasing their motivation to contribute. You are also laying the foundation for rest for yourself when you add a few little hands helping around the house.

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