Household chores provide children with opportunities to build important life and pre-vocational skills. They help develop independent thinking, responsibility, and opportunities to problem solve in situations where parents or teachers may not be available to help.

This not only establishes a responsibility for routines and organizational skills but also sets a foundation for self-sufficiency. Children can participate in many chores around the house, which also help build fine, gross, and visual motor skills.

Daily Living Skills

Daily Living Skills

  • Vacuum

  • Sweep and use a dust pan

  • Wash windows

  • Dust

  • Make the bed

  • Fold laundry

  • Water plants

Kitchen Skills

Kitchen Skills

  • Snack/meal prep

  • Make a grocery list

  • Wash/dry dishes

  • Unload/load dishwasher

  • Wash counters

  • Set and/or clear the table

Waste Management

Waste Management

  • Empty/replace trash bags inside

  • Sort recycling

  • Take trash cans to/from street

Yard Work

Yard Work

  • Mowing

  • Raking

  • Sweeping

  • Weeding gardens

Don't Forget! Kids should....

  • Participate in feeding and caring for pets

  • Practice using tools (hammer, screw drivers, etc.)

  • Sort coins and count money

  • Practice answering the phone and using it to call a parent or relative

  • Know personal safety information (parent/guardian names, address, and phone number)

  • Use "please", "thank you", and "excuse me"

Dogs Waste