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Kids Summer Chore Chart For All Ages – Free Printable

Help your kids stay on track during Summer break with this free printable chore chart!

Giving kids a few simple chores over Summer vacation adds a little structure to your day while still leaving plenty of time for play. These colorful charts with pictures are perfect for big kids as well as toddlers aren’t able to read yet!

printable Summer chores charts for kids

We use this printable chore chart for during the school year too.

The easiest way to get your kids to do their chores without having to remind them day in and day out, is to have a chart that will remind them for you!

I’ve come up with some Summertime to-do list charts that have been working great with my kids and I think your kids will enjoy too! (ok, maybe not enjoy, but you get the idea)

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Why is it Important for kids to have Summer chores?

Giving your kids age appropriate chores is not only helpful to Mom and Dad, but does so much for your children!

helping out makes kids feel more invested in their home

Your kids will care more about their home knowing that they help to keep it in good shape. Its not just their parents who work toward a nice place for the family to live.

When you are all in it together, you all try harder to keep things ship shape.

having daily chores helps kids to feel needed

Like Thomas the Train, we all like to feel “really useful”. Knowing that they are doing something that really helps mommy and daddy really gives kids a sense of accomplishment that boosts their confidence!

Something as simple as being the one who sweeps the floor after dinner, can make your child feel important to the way the household runs.

doing simple household chores teaches useful skills they can use their entire lives

You don’t want your kids to have to learn to do the laundry and wash the dishes when they move out as adults! (been there!) Teaching them slowly as they grow up at home will make them experts when they start a home of their own!

giving chores instills a good work ethic and teaches kids responsibility

If you are clear about what you expect from your children with each task they do, you’re teaching them how to do a job well. Not just doing the bare minimum.

That’s not going to fly when they’re working an adult job and it shouldn’t be ok with their little jobs at home.

working together teaches team work

We all work together for a common goal. That goal can be as simple as getting the chores knocked out at the same time so that we can all go play baseball together!

having summer chores adds structure to the day

Like I said before, just having a few little things that your kids are expected to do each day, even on Summer break can give them a sense of time and make the day fly by a little faster.

Having chore time helps differentiates between play time and “not – playtime” making their free time more precious.

Can Little Kids Actually Be Helpful Around the House?

Giving the kids chores is good for them but I also like to make it work in my favor too. They can really be a help to me even from an early age!

When you think about a four year old doing chores, you might be imagining a toddler dragging a broom around or dripping dishwater all over the floor. Its really important to me to make sure I’m giving my little ones jobs that they can actually tackle and do a good job at!

“Starting them young” doesn’t need to mean starting your younger kids with chores they aren’t coordinated enough for yet. They’ll get to the point where they can easily manage a broom soon enough.

When they’re little, its going to be much more helpful to find jobs that they can actually excel at instead. And your child won’t get frustrated with a job that they can’t actually do well yet.

I want my kids first and foremost to be kids! I don’t need them to do my job for me. So I make sure the chores I expect them to do are things they can actually do at the age level they are at.

This chore chart comes with a list of age appropriate chores to help you decide what chores to give each child.

How To Set Up Summer Chores For Kids:

  • separate the chores into categories that are easy to remember
  • stick to a consistent number of chores for each day
  • have “days off” like the weekends or Sundays
  • have chore options that your child can choose from so that they feel a little in control of their tasks
  • add in Summertime outdoor jobs
  • keep each task under 10 minutes each
  • have everyone working on their chores together, even mom and dad
  • keep tasks age appropriate
5 laminated kids summer chore charts hanging on a wall

Summer Chore Chart Ideas for kids:

I’ve found that having set categories or types of daily tasks for my kids makes it really easy for them to remember them.

These are the categories I’m using for our Summer chore chart:

1. Wake Up Chore:

This chore is done right after my kids wake up. My older kids will make their beds, brush their teeth, gather any dirty laundry in their room and get dressed. My 4 year old boys make sure their bedding is on their beds (off the floor), put their pajamas away and get dressed.

2. Cleaning Chore:

Each week we rotate 5 cleaning chores that the kids can choose from. Since there are only 5, its easy for them to remember them. And having options to choose from gives them some control over the decision making.

I like to have everyone working on the same space for their cleaning chore but doing different specific tasks so there’s not fighting over who gets to do what.

No more “she’s not helping!!”. If someone doesn’t do their part, it doesn’t affect the other “teammates”. They can get their part done and move on.

3. Summertime Chore:

So for this chore, think of things that will get your kids outdoors and kind of change things up a bit for the Summer.

Here are some Summer chore ideas you could put on your kids’ chart:

  • picking up outdoor toys
  • watering the plants
  • weeding the garden
  • sweeping the sidewalk
  • picking up sticks
3 girls weeding a raised garden bed together

For my kids, we divided the garden up into sections that they can each be responsible for weeding and caring for. Finding ways to keep the fighting to a minimum, always!

Setting a timer for outdoor chores is a great idea since kids like to have an idea of how long things will take and they seem to move a little faster when there is a timer going!

4. Before Meal Chore:

This one is all about getting ready for meals. Setting the table with silverware, napkins, drinks…Pretty simple and quick to get done!

5. After Meal Chore:

This one is probably the one that saves me the most time. What is it about meals that makes the clean up take longer than the actual meal?? Each of the kids has a different role that’s easy for them to manage.

Here are some ideas of after meal chores by age:

  • 4-5 Year Old’s – clearing over the table
  • 6-7 Year Old’s – wiping off the table
  • 8-9 Year Old’s – sweeping the floor
  • 10-12 Year Old’s – washing the dishes

6. Bedtime Chore:

Before bed, everyone works to get the main living area floor picked up. Not just the kids, everyone! We all hustle to tidy up toys, papers, books, etc. so that we can wake up to a fresh start the next day.

If there is any fighting, I like to give each child a specific area to tackle.

How Do I Get My Kids to Do summer Chores Without Nagging?

1. start from an early age

Giving your kids daily responsibilities when they are small, will make it more of a normal thing, and they won’t have the urge to fight it as much. Helping out is just “something we do!”

Toddler are so eager to be helpful, so take advantage of it before they realize its a chore to help out. “Can you take this diaper to the trash?” or “How about you put the silverware away for me?”

2. work right along side of them, but not for them

I definitely find that there is a lot less complaining when we are all working on the same type of chore at the same time. For example, when its time to do our outdoor chore, I’m outside working too.

I don’t have to do exactly what the kids are doing, but seeing mom is working too, really makes it a team effort instead of time for a pity party.

3. let your kids see you doing your chores willingly

If I complain about what I have to do to keep the house running smoothly, I can’t expect my kids not to do their chores willingly either! Its not always easy, that’s for sure, but doing my housework with a smile on my face is the best way to set a good example for my kids when it comes to helping willingly.

4. help them to see that they are needed to keep the home running smoothly and their help is very much essential

Kids love to know that they are “essential”. The helping out that they do really makes a difference! Don’t let their hard work go unnoticed.

5. praise them for a job well done

When you see that your kids are putting in the extra effort to do their jobs well, let them know! “Wow! You really did a great job today!” It goes a long way.

a girl writing with a dry erase marker on a laminated summer chore chart

6. thank them for being helpful

It’s always nice to be thanked for the work we do. I know it means a lot to me when my husband thanks me for all I do. The kids love to hear it too!

Buying a treat when you’re out shopping to let your kids know how much you appreciate their help will let them know that their efforts are seen and not taken for granted.

Whether or not you reward your kids for doing their chores is a mater of personal preference. But sometimes even little rewards or a couple dollars can help motivate older kids to knock out their chores without a lot of complaining.

7. use a visual summer chore chart with tasks that are able to check off

Having a visual checklist with a limited number of chores that your kids are required to do is super helpful! They can see that after they complete tasks, they can do whatever they want the rest of the day. (within reason, that is…)

Don’t forget to grab your free printable summer chore charts and chore lists at the bottom of this post!

a graphic that says free printable summer chore chart for kids

8. have time limits for each chore so they don’t seem so bad

When your kids know going into a chore that they only have to be doing it for say 10 or 15 minutes, they realize its not that bad and it won’t take FOREVER. In reality, you can get a lot done in 10 minutes!

I use this method on myself too! Check out my housecleaning method for busy moms.

9. be consistent and have clear consequences if chores do not get done.

Consequences can be as simple as, no dessert. Or no show for the day. I don’t really like the checkmark idea because its a lot harder to follow though with consequences a week after the offence.

Try to make the consequences, easy to stick to and preferably something you can follow through with that day.

Tips for Using Your kids free Summer Chore Chart:

  • laminate it so you can use it again and again. I got mine laminated at Office Depot for about $3 each.
  • let your kids check off their tasks throughout the day with colorful dry erase markers. I bought this pack for my kids and they love that there are so many colors to choose from and there are eraser ends on each one. They are also magnetic so perfect for storing on the fridge!
  • make it fun! Put on some music and work together
  • post it in an easy to see spot in the house
  • have a treat when everyone is done with their cleaning chores, like snack time or story time
  • have a loose daily routine during the Summer months so everyone knows when chores should get done

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Let me know how your family likes using these Summer chore charts and what ideas you have in the comments below! Wishing you a great Summer filled with lots of memories.

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  1. These are great tips! And those charts are adorable. I find it really does help when each kid has their own chart like that. My kids like knowing what’s expected of them also! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Oh how I need this in my life! We’re needing summer to be a little more pulled together over here thank you for sharing these!

  3. I love this chore chart! I can’t seem to figure out the link/how to print it. Please help! Thank you!

    1. Hi April! If you scroll to the end of the post, there is a spot to put your email address in. Your charts will come straight to you inbox but might be in your spam folder. Let me know if that doesn’t work!

      1. The link is broken for me too and/or there’s no box. Would love a copy of this chart & thank you for the great tips!!

        1. I just figured it out – there’s no box on Chrome, but I opened the website in Firefox and it worked for me!

    1. Hi Michelle! If you scroll to the end of the post, there is a spot to put your email address in. Your charts will come straight to you inbox but might be in your spam folder. Let me know if that doesn’t work!

    1. Hi Kat! I’m looking into it and I can see that the link is active and working for a lot of people. I don’t know why its not showing up? Its at the end of the post right before the comment section. Please let me know if you still don’t find it!


  5. Cute chart and great tips!
    This summer we started a daily rotation of responsibilities among the children such as meal helper, bathrooms, kitchen, mother’s helper, etc. Everyone also has their personal responsibilities of bedroom and laundry. The children are finding that taking care of the kitchen is a HUGE responsibility! During the school year, we had the more specific chores.

    1. I found some great ideas on here. Definitely, helped me decide how to get my children helping around the house and doing things for themselves. Thank you!

  6. I would love to get this chart for my granddaughter. It will really help us both! 🙂 Thank you

    1. Hello Shelley! Have you scrolled to the very bottom of the post? The space to enter your email address is there and your printable charts will come straight to your inbox 🙂 If you don’t see it, please let me know!

    1. Hello Amie! Have you scrolled to the very bottom of the post? The space to enter your email address is there and your printable charts will come straight to your inbox 🙂 If you don’t see it, please let me know!

    1. Hi Dustin! If ou scroll to the very end of this post you should find a spot to enter your email address to get the checklist delivered straight to your inbox. If you don’t see it, please let me know!

  7. This is a great tool to use for families. I currently work for Child Protective Services and we have homes that require cleaning and a simple way to help both parents and children stay on top of required tasks. Thanks for creating this tool.

  8. Glad to know that I am not the only one who is confused. I cannot click on or see anywhere to enter my email. I would love a copy of this. Thanks!

  9. Hello! I can’t seem to find where I need to enter my email for the chore chart? There’s not box to enter in my info…

    1. I’m sorry Linda! I’ve been trying to figure out why the email input box keeps disappearing from time to time \like that! I put your email in for you, so you should get the chart in your inbox!

  10. OKI would like to know how come if it’s supposed to be totally free. I can’t find the thing to download or get it downloaded. I take care of disabled people. I need to be able to download something for free to help this young lady. That was never taught to do anything by her mother which was like, which was my best friend and she’s dead now and i’m having to take care of her daughter and she needs to know how to do chores. I have been trying for days to download the free. Totally free chores list for kids. I was even thinking about doing one for me and my disabled brother. But I can’t even download the 14 the kid. She is twenty four years old but is mentally between a five and a twelve year old. Please, I would really like to be told how to get it or better yet. Just send it through the email then I sent you’re getting my email.

  11. Great idea for keeping the kids busy and organized this summer! This chore chart is so versatile and can be tailored to each child’s age and abilities. Love the visuals and the fact that it’s free! Can’t wait to try it out with my own kids.

  12. Love this chore chart for kids! As a parent of three, I can attest to how helpful it is to have a visual guide for assigning tasks during the summer months. The different age categories are thoughtful and really help to tailor the chart to the individual child’s abilities. Definitely worth trying out – thanks for sharing!

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