Chore Chart for 5 Year Old

Updated on December 30, 2013
F.W. asks from Cumberland, MD
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What kind of chores do you feel are reasonable to expect for a 5 year old? Any good methods for keeping track of them at this age? Thanks!

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answers from Chattanooga on

My 3.5yo does all of these as needed:

Sorts her laundry (colors, jeans, and whites.)

Folds pants, puts shirts on hangers, and puts away her own clothes.

Put plates/silverware in the dishwasher. (They are always loaded into the same place.)

Put away whatever dishes she can reach.

Pick up toys every night.

Wipe down the table after dinner.

Take bathroom garbage to the big trash can.

Hold the dustpan while I sweep.


Pretty much, any time I am cleaning, I find a way for her to participate. She is in charge of taking responsibility for her own messes. I don't really keep track or assign specific chores. I prefer the mentality that everyone in the household contributes to whatever needs done, rather than finishing their list of chores and that's that. There are things she has to do daily (picking up her toys, wiping the table as I rinse dishes, then loading the dishwasher with me, etc.)

If you want to keep track of a daily chore list, there are tons of ways to keep track.

You can make a chart for the fridge, and place magnets over the chores he has finished.

Hang a strip of paper with the chores (in picture form) on it, with one side labeled "to do" and the other "done!" and use a paper clip, clothespin, or some other item that you decorate and switch it as each chore is finished.

I have seen people make a chart that gets a quarter attached (taped, or put into a slot.) to each chore, and when the chore is finished they get the quarter. (If you want to reward him for each chore...)

Sticker charts for doing a good job, with a reward for so many stickers.

Chore marbles, where each marble represents a chore and is transferred from one container to another.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Kids that age need instant rewards. So give them something small every time they do their chores. Then to teach them about getting something over time keep the chart with stars or stickers. Then help them learn about building them up by bringing attention to the chart often. Talk about how they are earning a bigger reward. Make sure they can earn it after a couple of days at this age. As they get older they can stop the instant gratification stuff. Such as a high 5, and great big hug, a couple of M&M's, a Hershey Kiss, and happy dance that you guys make up. Something that is tangible and special and consistent.

You can use the other reward they are working towards as incentive too. It has to be something they really want and can keep them focused on doing bigger things they don't want to do. A book, a movie, a new toy they've been wanting that's not a big cost, a coloring book from the dollar shop, a ball, something that's a bit more.

Helping a child develop the ability to wait for gratification is something that a lot of kids don't learn very well any more.

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answers from Chicago on

google chore charts for kids. Pinterest has a good one to go by.

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answers from St. Cloud on

Picking up their toys and making their bed. Give a star every time it's done and give a reward.

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answers from Chicago on

I made one in excell, and I have to make a new one.

I used pictures for the expectation. I laminated them, used a dry erase marker, Smily for done, X for not done.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Chores my 6 year old does on his own:
gets his clothes in the hamper every day
empties the silverware basket from the dishwasher
hangs up his coat on the way in
puts his shoes away
takes his plate to the sink after dinner
he and his brother (almost 4) together pick up their toys at the end of the day

I don't have a chore chart, or anything like that. I just remind as we go - eg, if it's bedtime and I notice his clothes are on the floor, I just say - hey, before bed please get those clothes in the hamper.

He does 'extras' which I pay him for.
He can start a load of laundry (I have typed up instructions on the washer so he doesn't forget any steps). I pay him a quarter for this.
Matching socks - I pay a penny per pair.
Take our trash (quarter)
And he does other things alongside of me anytime as I ask. There are harder things that I'm not sure he can do on his own yet, but which are really helpful to me when I need another set of hands. I pay him a quarter per chore. For example, if I'm cleaning the kitchen, and he wipes the counters for me, I give him a quarter. Other things he does like this include running the swiffer on the kitchen floor, helping me to cook, wiping out the bathroom sinks, etc. He also volunteered to shovel snow from the front steps this winter for $1 (usually does it while DH is shoveling the driveway).



answers from Los Angeles on

I keep things age appropriate & simple.
My little one:
-feeds the dog
-puts his clothes in his room when I've finished laundry. I help him put them away.
-Helps me fold towels
-likes to help put away groceries. I give all of the light, easy things that go
in low cabinets.
-puts his lunch/dinnerware (plastic) in sink after a meal
-tidies up his room. Now this is always an adventure. I have found toys in
the closet but at least he tries.
-I have him put his shoes away, get his clothes for the day.



answers from Washington DC on

Feed the pet (although ours is now obese due to being fed by a kid).
Empty lunch box (garbage in trash, reusable items in the sink)
Set the dinner table with unbreakable dishware.
Put own dirty clothing in a hamper.
Put own toys away.
Straighten the sofa cushions and throws before bedtime.
Unload some small grocery items and put them in the fridge.



answers from Stationed Overseas on

I have a 5yo and her daily chores are to fed the dog, let the dog outside in the morning, help empty the dishwasher, pick up the playroom, put dishes in the sink after meals. She does others as well but they are more weekly like dusting and helping with the laundry. I made my own chart that was on our fridge, each one she completes she gets a check mark and at the end of the week she gets a reward. Usually the pocket change in my purse which then goes in her piggy bank. We've been doing the chart since she was 4yo. I just recently got her the Melissa and Doug chart and she likes it better. I just need to find a place to hang it.

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