Summer Jobs for Kids


Mary Thoele gives parents age-appropriate chore ideas to keep children busy during the summer.

School’s out for summer! It’s time for kids to enjoy some fun in the sun (with SPF, of course). However, just because they’re on vacation doesn’t mean it’s time for them to become couch potatoes – or to stop learning. That’s where summer jobs for kids come in!

If you feel a twinge of guilt for asking your kids to mow the lawn or take out the trash before they dash, here’s a tip: Don’t think of it as a “chore.” Instead, think of it as an opportunity to help your kids learn important life skills, become more responsible, and experience the rewards (personal, financial, or both) of a job well done. Plus, chores offer summer bummer boredom protection. A few easy jobs can help end the common kid complaint that, “There’s nothing to do!”

Age-Appropriate Chore Ideas

Here are some easy, age-appropriate summer jobs for kids.  These are for toddlers – yes, toddlers – to teens. (It’s never too early to learn!) Ages 2 to 3

  • Put pool toys away at the end of the day
  • Help carry paper plates and napkins to picnic table for lunch
  • Pick up books and put them into a storage basket
  • Put laundry in a hamper

 Ages 4 to 5 Any of the above, plus:

  • Help rake the grass (with child’s rake)
  • Help pull weeds in the garden
  • Fill pet’s food and water dish
  • Help put groceries away
  • Help set or clear the table

 Ages 6 to 7 Any of the above, plus:

  • Bring in the mail
  • Help pick vegetables or fruit from garden/yard
  • Pick up trash that blows into the yard
  • Sort laundry
  • Empty wastebaskets
  • Make the bed

 Ages 8 to 9 Any of the above, plus:

  • Help wash the car
  • Clean the pet cage
  • Wash the family’s bikes
  • Sweep the garage floor
  • Wipe off outdoor furniture
  • Unload the dishwasher

 Ages 10-12 Any of the above, plus:

  • Wash the windows and screens
  • Take out the trash
  • Sweep up grass clippings off sidewalk
  • Clean grates on the grill
  • Water garden and flowers
  • Fold laundry
  • Vacuum and dust

 Teens Any of the above, plus:

  • Babysit younger siblings
  • Do laundry
  • Mow the lawn
  • Trim the shrubs
  • Clean the gutters
  • Paint the outside trim/fence
  • Do grocery shopping from a list
  • Prepare meals

Add your own ideas to the list above, based on your kids’ ages, skill levels and your family’s specific needs.  And don’t forget… We all like to hear that we’re doing a good job, so think of ways to praise your kids along the way (e.g., gold star, “stick-to-it” stickers, allowance, etc.)!

Written by Mary Thoele

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