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16 Chore Ideas for Every Type of Kid

Chores - who doesn't love to hate CHORES!  If we're honest, though - most of us don't mind doing them so much when we see the end result - a clean and tidy home.

Getting our kids to do chores can sometimes be a bit of a challenge (mountain vs. molehill, we ALL know the drill).

They may not be interested in doing certain tasks or they may not understand how to do them properly. two asian girls at the sink washing up

Getting our kids involved in the day-to-day chores is not only a good way to get a bit of help around the house; they also provide great teaching moments for parents, allowing them to introduce important life skills such as responsibility, how to manage time and a work ethic in bite-size chunks that their kids will understand and sets them up for adulthood.

With all of that in mind, here are 16 chore ideas for every type of kid to get them excited about helping out around the house:

For the creative kid:

1. Draw up a chore chart with fun images or stickers to represent each task

A chore chart is a great way to visually represent the tasks that need to be done. It can be as simple as a list on paper or you can get creative with it and use fun images or stickers to represent each task. 

This will help your child see what needs to be done and motivate them to get started.

2. ...Or, give them a blank chore chart to fill in

Let your child get creative and design their own chore chart! They can choose which tasks they want to do and when they want to do them. This will help them feel more in control and motivated to get started.

3. Let them choose their own music to listen to while they work

There's nothing like some good tunes to get us in the mood to work! Why not let your child pick their favourite songs to listen to while they complete their chores? Not only will they enjoy the music, but it will also help keep them motivated.

4. Give them a special treat when they finish their chart

When your child has completed all of their chores for the day or week, give them a special treat! This could be an extra half hour of screen time, a trip to their favourite park or a yummy dessert.

5. Have them help you cook or bake something

This is a great opportunity to teach them about measuring and following directions + you could let them go nuts on the decoration afterwards. Win-win!

6. Give them a fun chore-related activity to do each day

For example, on Monday they can help you vacuum, on Tuesday they can help dust and so on. This will help break up the monotony of doing chores and make it more fun for your child.

7. Turn chore time into a game

See who can pick up the most toys in 5 minutes or who can make their bed the fastest. Not only will this make chores more fun for your child, but it will also teach them about friendly competition and how to work quickly and efficiently.

For the independent kid:

8. Let them do tasks on their own time schedule

If your child prefers to do tasks at their own pace, let them! They can choose which tasks they want to do and when they want to do them. This will help them feel in control of the situation and more motivated to get started.

9. Give them a list of approved tasks

Some kids prefer not to be given too many choices and would rather have a list of approved tasks to choose from. If this sounds like your child, provide them with a list of chores that they are allowed to do and let them pick which ones they want to do each day.

10. Have them check off tasks as they complete them

This is a great way to keep track of what has been done and what still needs to be done. Plus, it's a lot of fun for kids to see their progress as they check off each task!

11. Let them choose their own rewards

If your child prefers to work for their own rewards, let them! They can choose which tasks they want to do and then decide what they want to earn as a reward once they're finished. 

This will help them feel more in control and motivated to get started.

12. Give them a list of consequences for not completing tasks

If your child tends to struggle with motivation, give them a list of consequences for not completing their chores. 

This could include anything from losing privileges to having to do extra tasks the next day.

For the competitive kid:

13. Set up a competition with a sibling or friend

Who can pick up the most toys in 5 minutes? Who can make their bed the fastest? 

Competition is a great way to motivate kids and get them excited about chores. Why not set up a friendly competition with a sibling or friend?

14. Give them a reward for being the fastest/most efficient worker

If your child is competitive by nature, give them a reward for being the fastest or most efficient worker. 

This could be anything from earning an extra 10 minutes of screen time to getting to choose the dessert for dinner that night.

15. Let them race against the clock

For an extra challenge, let your child race against the clock to see how quickly they can complete their chores. 

This is a great way to teach them about time management and help them work more efficiently.

16. Set up a points system

Keep track of how well your child does with their chores each day and give them points for each task they complete. 

At the end of the week, they can redeem their points for a prize or reward of their choice.

FAQ's:

How many chores should a child have?

This will vary depending on the age and ability of your child. A good rule of thumb is to give them one chore for each day of the week.

How can I get my child to do their chores without complaining?

The key is to find what motivates your child and then use that to your advantage. Some kids are motivated by rewards, others by competition, and others by a sense of responsibility. Find what works for your child and then use it to your advantage!

My child refuses to do their chores. What should I do?

If your child is refusing to do their chores, you may need to take away privileges or set up a system of consequences. This will help them understand that there are repercussions for not completing their tasks.

What are some creative ways to motivate my child?

Think outside the box and get creative! Some ideas include setting up a points system, letting them race against the clock, or giving them a list of approved tasks to choose from.

No matter what type of kid you have, there's a chore idea on this list that will work for them! So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

Wrapping Up:

Giving your children chores is a great way to help them learn important life skills.

Not only will they feel proud of themselves when they complete their tasks, but they will also develop a sense of responsibility and independence.

Chores provide the perfect opportunity for parents to teach their children about hard work and discipline.

So why not get started today? Assign your kids some simple chores and watch them grow into responsible adults.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!

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