15 Kitchen Chores Your Big Kids Can Do

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Looking for chores around the house that can help nurture your kids' independence and help you out a little too? There's a short but sweet article with some good ideas about age-appropriate kids' kitchen chores over at Working Mother.

I've listed some of their ideas and added other kitchen tasks that work for the kids in our household.


Here are the 8 kitchen chores by age, provided at Working Mother.

Ages 4-5:

  • Set out the place mats, plates, napkins, or plastic cups.

Ages 6-9:

  • Make a salad.
  • Unload the silverware from the dishwasher.
  • Put condiments away.

Ages 10-12:

  • Help gather a meal’s ingredients from the fridge and pantry.
  • Clear and clean the table.

Ages 13 and up:

  • Assist with menu planning.
  • Act as a sous chef by making side dishes.

Here are 7 additional ideas, based on what works in our house:

Ages 3-4:

  • Fetch snack foods like apples, grapes, cheese sticks, yogurt sticks, and juice boxes.
  • Help gather non-breakable meal ingredients from the fridge and pantry; my 3-year-old can get out sandwich makings, fruit, peanut butter, butter, milk, and more.
  • Clear own plate, cup, and silverware from the table and anything else they can carry.

Ages 5-7:

  • Make school lunch (my first-grader has been packing his own lunch, including making his own sandwiches, since he started kindergarten).
  • Make toast or frozen waffles.
  • Stack clean glasses and dishes from the dishwasher on the counter.
  • Put away reusable plastic containers and cooking utensils from the dishwasher.

Get more kids in the kitchen ideas in the Working Mother article.

What kitchen chores can your kids do that help you out?

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