I think any child who is old enough to pull out their own toys is old enough to pick them up. Maybe the younger ones can't put them neatly back on a shelf, but they can at least gather up the legos into the box, or the game pieces, or whatever it is. All your children are old enough to help pick up their rooms, and common areas. The youngest one, can help bring in light groceries like paper product, bread, etc. If you give him/her a swiffer, I'll bet the dusting gets done in a fun manner, too!
The older children can help bring in the other groceries, sweep/vacuum, take out garbage, make the beds, etc.
I'd let each one "help" plan the dinner menu on a regular basis ("Tuesday is Tommy's night, Wednesday is Wendy's") with certain guidelines: choose a veggie from List A, a meat from List B, dessert, etc...
Have fun! It's rewarding to see kids take on responsibilities and share. It gives more Family Time to everyone!
at 9:32 PM on Oct. 15, 2008