Age-Appropriate Chores for Toddlers ;)

The following chart appeared on my Facebook feed this morning. Take a look and carefully read the appropriate chores for 2-3 year olds. What helpful suggestions! Don’t forget to read below for some added tips.

Age Appropriate Chores for Children | a free printable chart from

My 2.5 year old loves to “help” too. Her version is slightly different. It goes more like this:

  • Throw toys toward toy box. Decide that’s no fun and dump toy box out instead.
  • One by one, remove books from shelf. Make a tower out of them. Stand on the tower to reach books from higher shelves. Fall over and scream.
  • Remove brother’s dirty underwear from laundry hamper and place on head. Dance around the house and sing, “Underwear, underwear, underwear on my head!”
  • Collect all the full trash baskets from around the house. Use them to make a tower, with each basket upside down, of course.
  • Carry firewood around the backyard. Find some┬ánails and a hammer and start banging. Get a splinter, hammer your fingers and cry.
  • Remove all clean wash cloths from the cupboard. Unfold them. Use each one to tuck a dolly to sleep on the bathroom floor.
  • Help clear the table after supper. Place each dirty utensil carefully back into the utensil drawer. Throw plates onto the counter.
  • Fetch 17 diapers and a package of baby wipes. Wipe each of your older brother’s plastic super heroes’ bottoms with four baby wipes and attempt to diaper each one. (I don’t make this stuff up!)
  • Find a water sprayer and some of mommy’s good towels.┬áDrench the baseboards and big picture window until they are dripping with water. Wipe with a white towel. Repeat.

This picture reminds me of the time my daughter “helped” me clean the bathroom:


3 responses

  1. That’s brilliant! That’s exactly what happens when I have help too!

    1. :) The encouraging thing is that my son (now 6) is actually helpful…sometimes.

      1. I think my 3 yr old girl is more help than the six yr old boy… Thanks for the post though. A nice reminder to guide them !

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