A list of age appropriate chores for 2 year olds with free printable chore chart templates with pictures for kids who can’t read yet.
While it is important to teach children responsibility and the importance of contributing to the household, it is not necessary for a 2-year-old to do chores in the traditional sense. At this age, children are still learning and developing their motor skills and independence.
However, parents can involve their 2-year-olds in household tasks in a developmentally appropriate way. For example, a 2-year-old can help put toys away, help set the table with plastic dishes, or assist with simple tasks such as dusting or wiping surfaces with a damp cloth.
It is important to make sure that the tasks given to a 2-year-old are safe and appropriate for their developmental level, and that they are presented in a positive and encouraging manner. The goal should be to encourage the child’s interest and enthusiasm for contributing to the household, rather than creating a sense of obligation or pressure to perform chores.
Chore List for 2-Year-Old
What are appropriate chores for a 2-year-old?
At 2 years old, children are still developing their motor skills and independence, so it is important to assign age-appropriate chores that are safe and easy for them to complete. Here are some examples of chores that are appropriate for 2-year-olds:
- Putting toys away in designated bins or baskets
- Helping to dust with a microfiber cloth or feather duster
- Helping to set the table by placing utensils, plates, or napkins (with supervision and assistance)
- Helping to wipe surfaces with a damp cloth
- Helping to feed and water pets (with supervision)
- Helping to water plants (with supervision)
- Moving the clothes from the washer or dryer into the hamper
- Arranging books and magazines in a pile
- Filling up a pet’s water or food dish (with supervision)
- Assisting with simple food preparation, such as washing fruits or vegetables, or mixing ingredients in a bowl (with supervision and assistance)
- Helping to sort laundry, such as matching socks or placing items in the hamper (with supervision and assistance)
- Helping to sweep or mop the floor with a child-sized broom or mop
- Helping to put away groceries or other items in an appropriate place (with supervision and assistance)
It is important to remember that young children may require supervision and guidance while performing chores, and that the primary goal is to encourage their interest and enthusiasm for contributing to the household. As they grow and develop, additional and more complex chores can be introduced.
It is important to recognize that each child develops at a different pace and the chore list is only meant to help you understand which chores are typical for 2-year-olds. However, not all kids will be capable of doing all of these chores. If not, adapt the chore list accordingly.
Toddler Chore Chart
Since a 2-year-old cannot read we offer a chore chart for toddlers with pictures. Toddlers can see the picture of the household chore and understand what needs to be done without reading. The toddler chore chart printable is editable and you can add pictures for each chore. You can either use images from the gallery or you can take a photo of your toddler doing each chore.
Chore Chart for 2-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. Click on the button below to open the chore chart maker. Select the chore template that you want to use. If you want to add chore chart images then click on the “chore image” folder.
This is a sample chore chart for toddlers with pictures. All text is customizable so you can change the list of responsibilities. You can either select a chore picture from the gallery or upload a photo of your toddler. Either see the video or the explanation below.
How to Create a Chore Chart for Toddlers
- Click on the button above to open the chore chart maker.
- Select a chore chart with pictures (there are two options available).
- Change the border color if you prefer. There are many different colors available.
- Edit the text.
- Click on each image to upload a photo of your child doing that chore or use a chore picture.
If you want a chore chart for kids who can read or if you prefer a chore list instead of chore pictures then select a version without pictures.
See chore chart and family chore chart
This responsibility chart lists a child’s daily responsibilities with an image next to each one since your toddler cannot read yet. The free printable toddler chore chart with pictures can be used for chores and/or responsibilities. You can also edit the title.
In addition to the chores that a child is required or asked to do at home, children have responsibilities for their basic hygiene and their own personal responsibilities. For a two-year-old, responsibilities could include putting toys away when they have finished playing. They can make their bed and brush their teeth although you should brush them when they finish. Since they cannot read, this responsibility chart includes pictures to help them understand what they need to do. Take a photo of each task and add it to the chart. For example, if you want to add “brush your teeth” to the chart then take a photo of them brushing their teeth. If you don’t want to bother taking photos and personalizing the chart then use photos from the gallery.
The Benefits of Chores for a Toddler
Introducing age-appropriate chores to a 2-year-old can offer several benefits even if they are not very helpful. It might take you longer to help your toddler to do something than it would take you to do it yourself. However, getting toddlers used to helping is important for several reasons.
- Develops a sense of responsibility: By assigning simple tasks, 2-year-olds can learn the importance of taking care of their belongings and contributing to the household.
- Boosts confidence and self-esteem: Completing chores successfully can give children a sense of accomplishment, which can boost their confidence and self-esteem.
- Enhances motor skills: Many household tasks, such as picking up toys or sweeping the floor, can help develop a child’s motor skills and coordination.
- Fosters independence: Encouraging children to help with chores can promote a sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
- Teaches life skills: Helping with chores can teach 2-year-olds important life skills such as how to organize, clean up after themselves, and work as part of a team.
- Helps develop good habits: If you want chores to become a habit, then you have to start early.
It is important to keep in mind that young children should not be overwhelmed with too many chores, and that the tasks given should be appropriate for their age and developmental level. Making chores fun and engaging can also help to maintain the child’s interest and enthusiasm.