A list of age appropriate chores for 12 year olds with free printable chore chart templates
By age 12 your tween is able to do many different chores around the house. Getting your child to do chores is not only helpful but beneficial for your child as well. It will help your child learn valuable life skills, build self-esteem, and make them feel like they contribute to the family.
Chore List for 12 Year Old
What are appropriate chores for a 12 year old?
The following list includes age-appropriate chores for twelve-year-olds but it is important to recognize that each child develops at a different pace and it is only meant to help you understand which chores are typical for 12-year-olds. However, not all kids will be capable of doing all of these chores. If not, adapt the chore list accordingly.
Jobs for 12 Year Olds
Some people believe in paid chores and therefore are looking for work for 12-year-olds that they can get paid for. I personally believe in paid chores but I do think that kids should also have responsibilities and chores that they are not paid for. In my opinion, paid chores should be over and above what they should do each day. They should be able to choose paid chores and if they do them well then they get paid for them.
This list of chores includes chores that most 12 years can do. If your tween isn’t ready for any particular chore then wait until they are ready. Don’t push them to do chores that they are not yet capable of doing.
– put their toys away
– fill up a pet’s water or food dish
-put all dirty clothes in the hamper or laundry basket
– move the clothes from the washer or dryer into the hamper
– dust surfaces
– arrange books and magazines in a pile
– make their bed
– feed pets (they can give both food and water to pets)
– mop, sweep and vacuum
– fold laundry and put the clean clothes away
– help prepare dinner or prepare easy meals on their own
– give the family dog a walk
– take the family dog outside to pee
-clean up after pets
– rake the yard
– put groceries in the fridge
– wipe the dinner table after a meal
– help wash the car
– bring the trash outside
– rake leaves in the yard
– mow the lawn
-clean outdoor furniture
– load dishwasher, wash dishes
– clean the bathroom including the toilets
– use the washing machine and dryer
– babysit younger kids
– change the bed sheets
– bring in and sort the mail
– feed a baby or younger siblings
-wipe the sink after brushing their teeth
-take out the garbage
-tidy their closet
-replace light bulbs
-prepare their own snacks
– sweep your home with a broom or vacuum clean
-clean the family car
If you are looking for work for 12-year-olds then choose additional chores from the list above.
Chore Chart for 12-Year-Old
Each child develops at a different pace. Some kids might not be ready for some of these chores. If not, don’t push them. Check out our list of age-appropriate chores to find daily chores for kids that are more relevant.
In addition to household chores, your 12-year-old has many other responsibilities including school, home, social engagements, after-school activities, etc.
This free printable weekly planner will help them keep track of their daily and weekly responsibilities including chores, after-school activities, and homework. It also has a section to plan for the next week and month. Help your child learn how to keep organized and plan ahead. It is a great gift that will be useful later on in life both in college and the workplace.
How to Make a Chore Chart
1. Open the chore chart maker by clicking on the button above.
2. Select any chore chart template.
3. Change the border (optional).
4. Change the chore chart format if you wish. There are daily and weekly chore chart templates. Some charts track an allowance and some offer paid chores. Some have options for siblings. Choose the chore sheet that works best for you.
5. Edit the text.
6. Add chore images to embellish if you wish.
7. Download your printable chore chart (the formats available are jpg, png, SVG, or PDF).
Here are some sample chore charts made with the app. These are only samples and the possibilities are endless.
Sample Chore Charts
These chore charts include rewards for completing all charts. A reward system is often an effective way to get kids to do chores until they become habit.