Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Works-for -Me Wednesday (list of age appropriate children's chores)

Edited on 9/27/06 to add:

This week Shannon has asked that, instead of publishing a new idea, we go back into our archives and re-print the best WFMW tip we've ever run. I'd have to say my Children's Chore List was by far the most well received. So, per Shannon's instructions, I'm linking it again this week. For those of you who missed it last week and would like me to email you the list, now is your chance. Just leave me your email in the comments section and I'll send it!

It's time to post another WFMW tip.

I'm not sure where I stumbled across this list, and I'm sure there are others out there, but I have this one taped up on our refrigerator. It helps to give me ideas on what tasks to encourage Snuggle Bug to learn. Granted, he's not quite 2 years old (not until December) but he's a smart little guy and he already does #1, 2, 3, 8, 10, & 13 (of the 2 & 3 Year Olds list) to the best of his ability.

I'm sorry this list is nearly impossible to read. If Blogger would let me upload my digital file (I had to use Photobucket instead) it'd actually be an enlarged clearer view when you clicked on it, but that's not happening at the moment. So if you'd like me to email this list to you in a Word document so that you can read it and print off a nice copy, just leave me a comment with your email address and I'd be happy to do so!

This works for me. Maybe it'll work for you too! I'd love to hear about some of the age appropriate chores that your children are doing!

If you'd like to share something that works for you, please leave me a comment. And be sure to link yourself over at Shannon's, the host of Works-For-Me Wednesday.

**Edited to Add**

Looks like it's going to be one long email list, but I don't mind! I'll get this sent out later this afternoon, okay?

Oh, and for those of you who somehow managed to read the list as it is now, I'm very impressed. Maybe I need to get my eyes checked because, for the life of me, if I didn't already know what was on the list, I would have no idea what any of it says! :)

One last thing, those of you leaving me your email addresses, I promise I will not try to get rich quick by selling them to a mass marketing firm. :) I'll use them just to send out this list, well unless I already know you and email you in response to the comments you leave, then you'll probably hear from me again anyway.

**Edited again to add**

Wow! I had no idea this list would be so requested. That's great! I think I've gotten it emailed out to everyone that's requested it thus far. If I've missed anyone or if anyone else still wants the list, just let me know!

My past WFMW entries:

linking within comments
baptism gift
creating blogger categories
alternate use for pot rack
cake decorating tips
unique way to stay connected
cake baking tip
comforts of home while traveling
quenching the thirst of your little one
pie crust made in bulk
hot chocolate kicked up a notch


4:30 AM

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Bek said...

I'd love this list. We are ready to start chores in our house...


rebeccakbingham at yahoo dot com

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

He is a little smarty already! Great list to keep track of what your child is doing!

At 10:10 PM, Blogger 2boysmama said...

I would also love this list as well.
crystal_coldiron at hotmail dot com

At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Michelle said...

Please add me to the list - I would love to have a copy. Thanks!


At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have that list - thanks!!

At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Jaime said...

I'd love to have this for reference. Thanks!!

At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Mieneke said...

Hi There! Would really like to have a good look at this list too please. :) You have my e-mail! ;)

Munchkin, three in December,
* Cleans up her toys before she gets to watch her programme.
* Puts her clothes in her laundry basket at the end of the day.
* Puts clothes in the dryer/washing machine for me. (I hand them to her)
* Brings her plate and cup back to the kitchen after eating.
* And she loves following me around when I am cleaning upstairs. With her little J-cloth in her hands. But I don't think that really counts as a chore! :)

All the best!


At 2:28 AM, Anonymous Mike said...

My 1-year old picks up crumbs he sees in the carpet and hands them to me. My 3-year old does all of the chores listed in the first two columns and some of those listed in the third column. My favorite so far is how he helps me plan meals.

“What should we eat today?” I ask.

“How about rice and eggs and bacon?” he says.

“Sounds good.”

“How about arroz caldo?”

“Hmm,” I hesitate.

My 3-year old then gives me his thinking look.

“Or,” he adds, “if you’re … what do you call that again? … lazy? Just order pizza, OK?”


At 5:11 AM, Blogger Bessers said...

Hi. I would love a copy of this list. Thanks!

At 5:22 AM, Blogger Lady Why said...

I love the Maxwell's book on chores. We started using their 'chore pack' idea and it has been fabulous! You can see there book here:

At 5:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! I would also love to have a copy of the chore chart. Thanks! Please send to: amandaswartz at gmail dot com

At 5:39 AM, Blogger Beck said...

I would love for you to email me the list - you've got my address?

At 5:40 AM, Blogger Magi said...

That's going to be one huge email list. I'd like a copy too, please. :o)

At 5:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love it! You have my email. :)


I couldn't read it very well but we have our kids help put away their own laundry, vacuum, and dust. (in addition to a few other chores)

At 5:42 AM, Blogger Kathryn said...

I'm with all the others--I'd like a copy too. kybkat@bellsouth dot net.

My 13 month old "helps" me carry his diaper to the trash can. And he is starting to follow simple instructions, so this is coming at a great time.

Thanks so much!

At 5:54 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

It looks like a great list and I would love a copy. Thank you!

At 6:00 AM, Blogger The Wooden Porch said...

Please email me the list!

I have a three year old. Her chores so far are:

turning out the nightlight
getting dressed herself
unloading the silverware from the dishwasher
helping "fold" the kitchen towels and put them away
set the table

She LOVES chores!! I hope that lasts for awhile. :-)

At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madison has chores...a checklist of different things and if she gets so many done a day she recieves 15 minutes on her I Pod before bed....or 15 minutes on her computer to check email.....if she gets all of them she gets a friend over to stay the night...she also has morning checklist to get ready and afternoon checklist after school...along with an evening check list...this really works in our house..thanks for sharing.
Jen @ good cup of coffee

At 6:12 AM, Blogger Anita said...

I'd love to have a copy of this list. I've got two little girls who love to help around the house.

At 6:12 AM, Blogger lrlwreath said...

Great idea. I love it.

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I need this so bad, I was just telling my kids that this weekend I was going to work on a chore list for them. Please Please email it to me at :)

Wonderful tip :)

At 6:24 AM, Blogger Marcie said...

I'd love a copy, too.

At 6:40 AM, Blogger Shalee said...

Me too! Me too! (Do you promise to not sell my addy to some mass market company?... okay.)

My daughter (10) and son (6) do a multiple activities around the house. They both do these things:

Clean own room (pick up and make beds)
Clean bathroom
Empty dishwasher
Put clean clothes away
Sweep back deck
Brush cat
Trash collecting and rolling to curb
Yardwork (collecting twigs/raking)
Setting table
Turning out lights
Feed the cat

Boy you would think that I was a slave master! These are relatively easy tasks and our main focus is to teach them responsibility, time management and the fundamentals of finances combined with house keeping.

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

Great idea! My girls do chores but I need to be more consistent with having them to do the same ones everyday.

(My WFMW is up- second one ever!)

At 7:06 AM, Blogger aggiejenn said...

Great idea! Our son just turned one, but he'll be two before we know it!

At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Homeschool Mama said...

Me too! Thanks for posting this. I've heard of the list, but never SEEN it.
Also- thanks for the post on my blog last week. I'm glad the WFMW could help you out.
Homeschool Mama

At 7:17 AM, Blogger Heather said...

I would love to have this list. Could you please email it to me? Thanks.

At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Tanya said...

What a great resource! Thank you for offering it to the rest of us! I would like a copy so I can prepare for my newest one, my 15 month old.
Thanks so much

At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Fair Love said...

What a great WFMW tip! Please add me to the email list. Thank you!

At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the list...


At 8:18 AM, Blogger Mrs. Darling said...

I never got back to you last week on our conversation sorry. Its just been crazy around here. I've seen this list somewhere before. I have a list all made for my kids so that will save you a little emailing time. LOL

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

I have bad eyesight and need glasses (mostly for driving) but surprisingly I could make out some of these - not claiming I could read all of them, but some yes!

1. Put away toys.
2. Put books, magazines in a rack.
4. Help set table.
5. Clean up food dropped during a meal.

Am I doing ok so far? :)

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Wow, Michelle, I'm impressed! :) You have all of those correct. And #3 is "sweep floor".

I must just need new contacts because you're not the only one who has managed to make some of these out. :)

Darn Blogger, I've been trying repeatedly to attach the list again, for better viewing, but it's still not being accepted.

Oh well, I don't mind emailing it out. I may even add some of these great examples I'm getting in my comments section before emailing it out, so keep those coming!

At 8:51 AM, Blogger DeAnna said...

Great list and idea. Isabella does 1-12 in the first list (#13 the dirty clothes in hamper is my fault because I need a new hamper for her) BUT, I have to say that I have not been having her do them as "chores" - on a regular basis, just letting her help out with things. She loves to help me clean, do the laundry, and cook (which normally consists of her either making toast, mixing something or standing away from the stove holding a spoon for mommy) Well, the potty training, washing hands and face, and cleaning up her toys and books - those are on a daily basis. :) She became potty trained by doing a sticker chart for her, so I think we should do the same thing for her with doing chores. I would like a copy of the list sent to me so I can read it better. (I've been having problems with blogger for the last 2 days, I can't seem to get anything to work right!)

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Pass The Torch said...

I swear that we share a brain sometimes. Just this week I was conjuring a post like this, but without the aid of a list.

So, um, could I have the list?? You have my email. Thanks!

Pass the Torch

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Munchkin Land said...

This is incredible! Thanks for sharing it! Would you mind emailing it to me? Thank you!!

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

I will definitely save this for my daughter for when my granddaughter gets a wee bit older. This is excellent and I wish I would have had something like this. With me it was trial and error. Thanks!

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous lindsrae said...

If you can stand to send it one more time...please and thank you!!

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have a copy of it emailed to me:

Thanks so much!

At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Jen said...

YES! Please email them to me at! It's hard to know sometimes whether I am being too hard or easy on my daughter!!!

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Tina said...

I would love to have a copy of this as well. Thanks for posting this and the other tips! My e-mail addres is tina at narrowminded .us (get rid of the spaces and replace the at with @)

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Catch said...

Im very impressed that I could read the list! Im 58 and wore glasses all my life ( or contacts) and about 5 years ago I just threw away the glasses, was tired of wearing them, and havent had my contacts in for months, I guess all those carrots are finally paying
Bless Snugglebug, he is doing great!! I always make Gaige and Zack clean up their toys..I think its a good thing for them to do.

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Larae said...

I can read some of them, and once I have children I'll need to remember to search this online or come back and bug you to send me a copy ;)

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of this list, thanks so much!


At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry about that! I was thinking about typing out my email address, does that count? LOL


At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love the list

cindy@axcesnet dot com


At 11:32 AM, Blogger Rachel said...

This would be a fabulous list to have! Thanks for sharing - I would LOVE an e-mailed copy.

At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Kristi said...

I'd love a copy of the list

Thanks for the tip!

At 11:54 AM, Blogger the editor said...

i'd like the list too, please!


At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Stephanie said...

I would like the list too.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous stacitee said...

Great idea! I'd like a copy of the list too. Thank you so much.

At 2:20 PM, Blogger Aubrey said...

Terriffic! I would love to get a copy of that little list!

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Jammy said...

I would LOVE a copy as well. Thanks so much for doing this!

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Meg said...

Please send me the list!!!

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous JKS said...

I would love the list as well. Thanks for being willing to send it!

jkstagg at hotmail dot com

At 7:13 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

Wow that totally looks awesome, please include me on that list!

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Mommy!! said...

I want one, too! My kids need some responsibilities...

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have this list! (am I too late....?)
I have an 8 year old, 6 year old, and a 3 year old. They are actually pretty helpful, but more ideas are always welcome. Thank you so much.
PS I was directed here from Rocks in my Dryer.


At 8:29 PM, Blogger Barbie said...

I know I'm very very late... but could you please e-mail it to me:) I would love to see it. My older girls 6 and almost 5 have several chores, like morning and evening routines, cleaning the playroom after their 1 year old sister:), setting and clearing the table, wiping down their toys 2x per month, and cleaning their room. Wonder what else they could do???
What a Great Idea!!!

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

Could you please email me this list?
Kristina aka Kilikina

At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi could you please email me this list too? It looks great!


At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great resource. Would you be willing to send it to me?

marthabishop at gmail dot com

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous looney said...

what a great list for the lil' ones...i know i'm a bit late but would it be possible to send it to me as well?

4.5 years ago, God had blessed us with triplets (one special sweet angel went back to heaven) and the two surviving triplets are now preschoolers. they have simple chores like pick up/clean up after themselves, pick their clothing and dress themselves, go potty, brush teeth etc., clean up toys, pick up any garbage, put dirty clothes in laundry hamper, sweep up the crumbs after meals, practice abc's and other schoolwork, recite the rules...but it would be nice to find out what other things i could teach them about responsibilities. PS found you through my sis, Mary Ann @ follow your five ingredient fridays and your sweet blog!!! ;)looney (my e-mail address is thanks so much!!!

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Lindsey said...

Great WFMW! I didn't want to post yesterday because you seemed to have so many requests, LOL! I would love a copy of this list! My email:

admin AT thedoodlebug DOT net

Thanks so much - I hope you have a great day!!!

At 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have this list. Thank you!


At 6:25 PM, Blogger Faith said...

Okay, I'm behind, send me one too. PLLEEEEAAASSSEEE!

At 11:33 AM, Blogger SalGal said...

Can you please send me this list? Thanks!

jexfam at hotmail dot com

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I'd love your list. Thanks.(One way to get us lurkers out of the woodwork!) We've just adopted our 6th who will be 2 in December. Our oldest (7) was dubbed Snuggle Bug for the way he'd always end up in the corners of the crib, burrowed into the bumper pad. Infertility sucks, but God has His ways of making up for it!!!

At 4:37 PM, Blogger momteacherfriend said...

Me too. Me too. I go out of town and see what great ideas you put up. Thanks for sending it out.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger joysnatcher said...

Hi, I found your website through someone else's and am loving it. Would you mind emailing me that list? I would greatly appreciate it!


At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Honey said...

May I have a copy? Thank you! :)

lipslikehoney "at" gmail "dot" com

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love a copy also, my little one is almost 2 so he is ready for chores and loves to "help" already.


At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Me too, please!

At 10:24 PM, Blogger scribbit said...

Sure I'd love a copy--could you email me the list at My kids will be thrilled (okay just a touch of sarcasm there).

At 8:07 AM, Anonymous MoneyDummy said...

I'd love one! Thanks in advance.

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Goslyn said...

I'd also love a list, but at this point I feel bad asking!

But ... if you can get around to it, my email is

goslyn at gmail dot com

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it is not too late, could you please send the chore list to me? Thanks.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Lee Ann said...

I would also like to get a copy of the list. Thank you!

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I am so glad I came here! I'd love a copy too please!

At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also love to have a copy...if you aren't too tired of emailing this already!


At 7:44 AM, Blogger April said...

Like many others on here, I would love a copy of this list. This is always a big problem in our house. My eight year old doesn't understand why his chores are more time consuming than my four year old. I think this would be an awesome tool to help.

Thanks so much,

At 6:29 PM, Anonymous andi said...

I would love a copy. I have a 2 year old and could use some ideas.

At 3:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could I have a copy too,

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our family is trying to start a chore system. This would be great. Thank you!

At 8:22 PM, Blogger Grim Reality Girl said...

I'd love the list -- email grimrealitygirl@gmail(dot)com

Thanks much!!!

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Dolly said...

Please may I have a copy?

Thanks, Dolly

At 8:46 AM, Blogger Robin said...

I stumbled across you thru 5 minutes for mom. Could I please have the list? I'm always looking for different ideas for my boys. They get bored with the same things all the time.


At 6:19 AM, Blogger Stacy said...

I hope it's not too late, but I would love this list. What a great idea!

my e-mail is


At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could I have the list as well?



At 1:04 AM, Blogger Cheri said...

I, too, am linking to you from 5 Minutes, and would love to have that age-appropriate chore chart.

At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said... - i can't wait to read & study this!

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Little Munchkin said...

Wow! You have had a lot of requests! Can you send one to me, too?

Thanks so much!

At 8:18 PM, Blogger Free In Christ said...

I'd love to see the list. I need "help" to figure what to expect from each of my children.


At 10:17 PM, Blogger Sam(antha) said...

I know it has been a while since you've posted this, but could you email me the list? My address is


At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Carrie said...

Hi, I'm a little late here, but I would love your Childs Chore list! My kids are amost 2 and 4. They LOVE to help! Thanks alot

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Sheryl said...

I just ran across this today and wondered if you would send me your chore list. Thanks!

At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I get the chore list also? gwen at krehbielfamily dot com


At 8:54 PM, Blogger salsansom said...

I would love to have a copy of this list. i love reading all of your WWFM tips. Thanks for taking the time to share.

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Emily said...

I know that I'm months late to this post...but if you wouldn't mind, I'd love a copy of this chore chart. I have a toddler who is just getting to the age to be able to have little chores, and ideas would be quite helpful. My address is


At 12:03 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I am late but would love a copy as well. Thank you so much! :) stephaniekg at yahoo dot com .

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

I may be pretty late, but would love a copy as well. It looks better than most I've seen. Thanks!

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Grumpy said...

Almost a whole year after this was originally posted, I've just found your blog and would love a copy of your chores list, if you wouldn't mind.

Totally loving your blog, btw.

lynne at sce dot net

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Rachel said...

I do not know if this is still active, but I would love to get a copy of this chore list. Thank you for all of your time, effort, and commintment to this site. Very enjoyable.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please e-mail me a copy of the chore list to I would very much appreciate it. your blog is soooooo interesting!


At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please email me a copy of the chore list to

I would love to use it to help my crazy household!

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

If you are still willing to send this out... I would love to see it myself. :)

jensen (dot) theblitz (at) gmail (dot) com

At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Loved the info, and the site as well. Would love a copy of this list!

tankgirl528@hotmail (dot com, of course!) Thanks :-)


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