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50+ Chore Ideas for 4 and 5-Year-Old Children to Develop A Sense Of Responsibility and Discipline

With the rise of Montessori education and other trends of parenting that include the child as an active participant in their upbringing, many parents search for ideas and opportunities to include their child in the chores and responsibilities of a household. These chores will help your child develop a sense of ownership and belonging, as well as a feeling of responsibility over their own home and space.

This list can be used as a simple list of ideas, or an actual checklist. Make sure you create your own copy, and use the filter and sorting features to separate chores. Bear in mind, we've estimated the frequency of each activity but it is up to each parent to consider their own family life and needs. It is also important to take into account your own child's preferences, so choose a few chores that are daily/weekly/monthly and try them out, observing how your child interacts with each task and experimenting.

This list can be used as you would a spreadsheet or a chart, so feel free to create your own copy and add more columns, where you can assign the responsibility of each chore by adding a single-select field with the names of different people in your home. This is the new way of creating a chore wheel template!

Parenting 101
Parenting 101
14th November 2022 in family & parenting
50+ Chore Ideas for 4 and 5-Year-Old Children to Develop A Sense Of Responsibility and Discipline
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  • Frequency
    Daily

  • 1

    Set the dinner/lunch table

    Daily
  • 2

    Clear their dish on the bin after meals

    Daily
  • 3

    Unload the utensils from the dishwasher

    Daily
  • 5

    Hang coats and jackets

    Daily
  • 7

    Make a simple sandwich

    Daily
  • 9

    Pick out an outfit and dress themselves

    Daily
  • 12

    Help with cooking (washing vegetables, getting utensils, etc)

    Daily
  • 13

    Make their own bed

    Daily
  • 15

    Put away toys

    Daily
  • 16

    Feed the cat/dog

    Daily
  • 24

    Pack their lunch for school/daycare

    Daily
  • 25

    Prepare their school/daycare bag

    Daily
  • 33

    Walk the dog (with parent)

    Daily
  • 34

    Water the lawn

    Daily
  • 41

    Getting the mail/newspaper

    Daily
  • 42

    Turning the sprinklers on

    Daily
  • 43

    Tidying up living room at the end of the day (fluffing pillows, turning off TV, etc).

    Daily
  • 46

    Filling up water bottles

    Daily
  • 47

    Cleaning up their school bag

    Daily
  • 48

    Close windows and blinds

    Daily
  • 50

    Plug in devices (iPad, phones, etc)

    Daily
  • Frequency
    Weekly

  • 4

    Put away items into fridge and pantry after grocery shopping

    Weekly
  • 6

    Line up shoes

    Weekly
  • 8

    Carry groceries from car to kitchen

    Weekly
  • 10

    Clean up spills and dust

    Weekly
  • 11

    Help sort out the garbage

    Weekly
  • 14

    Wipe surfaces

    Weekly
  • 17

    Clean the dog/cat bowls

    Weekly
  • 18

    Water plants

    Weekly
  • 19

    Help sort and put clothes in the washing machine

    Weekly
  • 21

    Tidy up their room

    Weekly
  • Frequency
    Daily

  • 1

    Set the dinner/lunch table

  • 2

    Clear their dish on the bin after meals

  • 3

    Unload the utensils from the dishwasher

  • 5

    Hang coats and jackets

  • 7

    Make a simple sandwich

  • 9

    Pick out an outfit and dress themselves

  • 12

    Help with cooking (washing vegetables, getting utensils, etc)

  • 13

    Make their own bed

  • 15

    Put away toys

  • 16

    Feed the cat/dog

  • 24

    Pack their lunch for school/daycare

  • 25

    Prepare their school/daycare bag

  • 33

    Walk the dog (with parent)

  • 34

    Water the lawn

  • 41

    Getting the mail/newspaper

  • 42

    Turning the sprinklers on

  • 43

    Tidying up living room at the end of the day (fluffing pillows, turning off TV, etc).

  • 46

    Filling up water bottles

  • 47

    Cleaning up their school bag

  • 48

    Close windows and blinds

  • 50

    Plug in devices (iPad, phones, etc)

  • Frequency
    Weekly

  • 4

    Put away items into fridge and pantry after grocery shopping

  • 6

    Line up shoes

  • 8

    Carry groceries from car to kitchen

  • 10

    Clean up spills and dust

  • 11

    Help sort out the garbage

  • 14

    Wipe surfaces

  • 17

    Clean the dog/cat bowls

  • 18

    Water plants

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