Giving kids chores from an early age has various benefits. Apart from lightening your workload in the house, chores help children feel important and needed and teach them life skills that might be essential as they grow up. However, you must be careful not to give your little ones chores that are overwhelming for their age.

Here are 6 age-appropriate chores for kids below the age of 10.

Making their beds

Teaching your kids how to make their beds and supervising them while they do it is a simple way to introduce them to chores. Encourage your children to make their beds every day so that it becomes part of their morning routine and gives them some sense of responsibility. This helps as they move with the habit into adulthood.

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Putting away their toys

Children tend to leave their toys lying around once they are done playing. Therefore, teaching your child how to store their toys is another light chore that you could introduce to them. When children know that they need to arrange their toys into their respective places after playtime, they learn the value of cleanliness and can transfer this to  placing household items where they’re supposed to be after using them.

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Feeding the pets

Kids love their pets but often don’t know that they also have needs. Assigning your children the role of feeding the pets at certain times is also a light and fun chore for your young ones.

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Wiping down surfaces

Wiping down surfaces is an easy chore that can be done in a short time. Get some microfiber dusters or feather stick dusters to make the experience more fun for the child. When you teach the child how to wipe surfaces, it not only teaches them how to maintain cleanliness but also makes work easier for you since kids can reach surfaces that are difficult for you to reach like lower shelves.

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Sorting and putting away laundry

Sorting laundry before washing does not require much energy and is age-appropriate even for your six-year-old.  Just ensure that you give them clear and simple instructions on what to do and where to place things and explain why clothes need to be sorted as this is also a learning experience for them.

Once the clothes are dry, involve your child in folding and hanging while instructing them on where to put different clothes. This teaches them some organisation skills at a young age.

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Putting away utensils

You may not be confident letting your child do the dishes at a young age but they can still help you put away already washed and dried utensils. Not only is this a light activity but it allows the child to learn organisation skills and to know where the cutlery is kept for ease of access when there is no one to help.

Remember to start with plastic or break-resistant dishes to prevent injuries and damage.

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In a nutshell...

Assigning chores to your kids is beyond cleaning and making the house look tidy. It is about responsibility and discipline. As they grow up, such lessons transfer to their day-to-day activities and this helps them develop a great work ethic even into their adulthood!

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