Looking for some chores to keep your kids busy during the long summer holiday? Here’s a list of some housework you can use to keep them entertained. Many of these chores are great for kids of all ages, but some might be suitable for older children. If you have younger children, you can always ask them to stay with you while you do housework so they can learn, ready for when they are older.
Also, if your kids still need some encouragement to do chores, check out our advice on how to get your kids to do chores.
Why is summer great for chores?
Summer is a great time to get your kids to help out with chores. Most children will have more time off during the summer, meaning more time to help out around the house, as well as more time to play. There can be a lot of benefits to giving your kids chores. Doing chores gives your children a sense of pride and accomplishment when they complete a task. Chores are also great for teaching your children about responsibility.
Summer chores can also be a great way to get your kids out of the house and into the garden, which can be especially important if your children tend to spend a lot of time inside. The nice summer weather means that you can get your kids to help with both indoor and outdoor chores. Outdoor chores can also be a great way to make chores fun for kids who love spending time in the sun.
Summer chores for kids
1. Wash the Car – Young kids might need help getting a bucket full of water ready to wash the car, but most kids can handle sponging the car – just be warned that if it’s particularly hot weather, your kids might try to start a water fight.
2. Mow the lawn – Most older children can be taught to safely handle a lawn mower, but you might want to handle strimming until you know your kids are safe with tools.
3. Weed the garden – Most kids love grabbing a pair of gloves and ripping out weeds. Just be sure to show your children which plants are weeds and which aren’t before you start.
4. Prepare a salad or simple side for dinner – While you might want to handle the knife yourself, kids love helping to make a simple salad, especially if it involves fun steps like crumbling cheese or mixing dressings.
5. Wipe down outdoor furniture – If you’re getting your garden ready for summer it might be dirty or dusty. Kids can easily help wipe down furniture ready to enjoy a summer BBQ.
6. Water flower gardens – Watering plants is a great chore for kids. Even young children can usually handle watering without having any problems. Just make sure that you have a watering can that’s small enough for younger kids to carry.
7. Take out the compost pot – While this isn’t one of the nicest chores, kids can usually manage to empty the compost pot.
8. Wipe off the table – Wiping down the table after dinner is a simple chore for children of all ages to help with.
9. Sweep the floor – if you find your floor getting covered in grass when your children have been playing outside, getting them to help sweep up the mess can teach them a great lesson about responsibility and how to clean up after themselves.
How to reward your kids for doing summer chores
There are lots of different ways to reward your kids for doing chores like later bedtime, more screen time, or little treats such as sweets.
If you decide to reward your kids financially for doing their chores, GoHenry makes it simple. You can easily set paid tasks in the parent companion app. Any tasks you set will be displayed in your child’s GoHenry app, letting them tick off once the chores are complete. Then, when you confirm it, the reward goes straight onto their GoHenry prepaid debit card.
Our in-app Money Missions also help your kids start their financial education with bite-sized lessons for every age and advanced topics for kids aged 12+. Your kids can watch videos and take fun quizzes to learn about financial matters, building confidence, literacy, and curiosity. This means that your kids will be able to take lessons about saving habits, budgeting, and spending wisely so that they’ll know exactly what to do with the money you give them for doing chores.