What chores can my 5-year-old do?

Our son is almost five and we were wondering if anyone had their child do chores to earn an allowance? What chores do you reccommend? How much do you give for a weekly/monthly allowance?


Asked by leslie1313 at 11:22 PM on Jan. 25, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • pick up toys
    put laundry in basket
    help dust
    help load silverware in dishwasher
    learn to make bed

    Answer by kaysha at 11:25 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • We haven't begin giving allowance yet but I think we may try to give 2 quarters a week to our 2 yr old and 4 to our 4 year old. My husband is unemployed so we will wait until he begins work again before starting...

    chore ideas-
    making bed
    putting dirty clothes in hamper, or bringing to washer on washing day
    helping wash/ put soap in/ fold clothes
    empty dishwasher
    set table
    get library books together night before library trip

    Answer by TXdanielly at 11:27 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • putting away laundry
    making bed
    picking up his toys/cleaning his room
    set the table

    my 2 1/2 year old picks up the toys in the house every evening before bed, my 18 month old has even started helping him.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:36 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • I have two boys ages 4 and 2, my oldest son makes his bed, put away their dishes (clean) set their table (they have their own table to eat at) clean up after himself this includes after meals (putting food in trash, dirty plates, utensil in sink, he helps feed our dog, put away his clean laundry, just pjs, socks, underwear ,undershirts, put dirty clothes in hamper, and a few other things
    My youngest son, does some of these things, but he LOVES to help load the washer and dryer he cleans up toys, put away dirty laundry, put his clean socks and underwear away

    I have a chore chart and a good behavior chart that i use, when they get 7 stickers of either one they can get something out of the reward box (which is a cardboard shoe box, decorated) it has stickers, tattoos, candy, snacks, and small toys in it, THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT, you can print the charts from offline at www.dltk-cards.com/ chart or www.scottcommonsense.com

    Answer by camtri3 at 11:38 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • We have a 5 year old. We give tickets instead of money (the kind you get to win door prizes). He earns them by: getting dressed & making his bed, emptying the dishwasher (one for the dishes and one for the cutlery), bringing all laundry to the washer on laundry day, helping set the table, clearing the whole table (he is expected to clear his own dishes without pay), folding towels or socks, sweeping the kitchen floor, spot-wiping the floor, practising his instrument, shovelling a bit of snow, vacuuming one or two rooms (of course it's not perfect), doing odd jobs that I ask him to do for me. He keeps his tickets in an envelope. They are worth such things as time at the computer. Some things require more than one ticket. Lately I had him "earn" his soccer training with 30 tickets. I also asked for 10 tickets for breaking one of my plants. I have given him tickets for catching him being good to his brothers.

    Answer by ablessedlife at 11:52 PM on Jan. 25, 2009

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  • We have an almost 5 year old, 3 year old and 2 year old. They each have "chores" to do. We don't give allowances or rewards. We feel that as a part of the family, it is everyone's job to help each other and to do their own fair share.

    4 year old....own dirty clothes to laundry room, pick up toys in the rooms, clear his own dishes from the table (scrape into garbage and load into dishwasher), start dishwasher, help me clean gerbil cages (I do all the "dirty" work though lol)

    3 year old...own dirty clothes to laundry room, pick up toys in the rooms, clear own dishes from table (scrape into garbage and load into dishwasher), put food in for gerbils

    2 year old...own dirty clothes to laundry room, pick up toys in the rooms and he's starting to clear his own dishes from the table (carry to kitchen and put on counter)

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 5:53 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • My five year old takes out the trashes in all the bathrooms, then he helps empty the dryer, he puts up his own clothes, I bought him reusable plastic gloves and mr. clean wipes and I make him help clean the toilets and the walls( I don't pee on the seet or the floor so they should help with that) He helps keep the toys picked up and the yard picked up. Now on allowance. I was never sure about stuff like that and then I was reading something that said you should give them according to there age which would mean 5 dollars wk or biwk. I give him three a week. So I hope that this helps.

    Answer by luchousdiva at 7:49 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • My son is 6. His chores are to pick up his toys and put his dirty clothes in the laundry basket. He does help at times with dusting,making his bed,vacuuming and putting his clean clothes away and pulling the garbage in the kitchen and bathroom.  He normally gets $2 a week.  But, if he is extremely helpful he will get $5.


    Answer by Geea at 8:21 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • These are the chores my 6yo does (she just turned 6 in Nov):
    pick up her toys and put them where they belong (not just anywhere)
    put dirty clothes in the basket
    fold and put away clean clothes in a timely fashion
    put dirty dishes in the sink
    unload dishwasher when asked (by herself)
    sweep the floor
    clean the table/counter if she makes a mess
    dust if asked
    help take the recycling out
    help her brother get the laundry into the basement
    My kids don't get allowance. They help with the house because they are part of the family and live here too--we all take care of everything.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 8:22 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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  • Try FiftyP.com. It's a site to teach kids about finances and being charitable. The parent sets up the account and they make it fun for kids. It gives parents resources on paying allowance and has several chores and projects you can choose for your kids. Take a look at the chores and see if any of those work for you.


    Answer by marl09 at 11:44 AM on Jan. 26, 2009

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