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Chores Your 7 Year Old Can Do. A complete list of chore ideas that your child can learn to do when your child is seven years old.
If you have been doing chores with your child since he was a toddler or preschooler, by the time he is 7 you will really be seeing some payoff for all of that time you spent teaching him how to do chores and making sure he did the chores.
If you haven’t done chores with your child yet, it isn’t too late! Read my beginner’s guide to children doing chores to get started and then come back here for ideas for your 7 year old.
This year is not a huge leap in what types of chores your child can do. You are mostly focusing on improving the ability of chores taught in the past.
Always remember to start from where your child is and work up from there. Do not expect perfection and do not expect a child who has never cleaned a bathroom to be able to take on the whole bathroom all of a sudden.
You also need to allow your child space and opportunity to do the job without you hovering and fixing what he didn’t quite do right. Practice makes perfect and it will take time.
Chores a Seven Year Old Can Do
Your 7 year old can do all of the chores on the 6 year old list and all other previous lists. As you look at those lists, teach the chores on those lists first before adding 7 year old chores. Once those are down, add in the chores on this list.
Also, always remember these chore lists are things they learn to do during that year. So the 7 year old chores are things your child can learn while she is 7. Turing 7 doesn’t make her capable of doing these things–she needs to learn. Add one or two at a time and once she as those down well, add another.
Wash Dishes By Hand
This is a skill your child can work on slowly over time. Start by having your child wash things that aren’t that dirty and move on to dirtier dishes as skill progresses. This is a long-game skill.
Even if you have a dishwasher, I would leave out a plate or cup and have your child wash those just to get some practice in there.
Be a Gopher
Being a gopher is a fantastic step toward learning to do a skill well. I have kids do this younger than 7, but as a 7 year old, they will really start to pay closer attention and absorb things more.
By a “gopher,” I mean somone who runs between you and something else getting you things, throwing things away, putting things where they go, etc. A runner.
Have your child be a gopher when you bake or make dinner. Kids love helping in the kitchen. Have your kiddo get the ingredients or put them away. Have your child get tools you need.
Have your child be a gopher when you are organizing something. If you are cleaning out a closet or drawers, you stay put and have your child make trips to the garbage can or to put things in different rooms.
Have your child be a gopher when you are working outside, sewing, etc. This gives your child a chance to observe skills before having to implement them.
If you have a yard and have flower beds or a garden, have your child help as much as possible. Help pull weeds, help water, help plant, help prune, help run weeds to the garbage can…have your child there with you while you work.
Care for Pets
If you have pets, decide what tasks you can give your child at age 7. As a 7 year old, Brinley makes sure our cats are fed and watered each day. We also let her know she needs to give them love every day (which she would do anyway, but it helps give her a sense of ownership).
This can be a good age to get a small pet if you are so inclined to start to learn to care for others, but you would still have to do a lot of reminding and supervising. I like age 10 for the child getting a pet they take care of completely independently.
This can be a hard one to let the child do because the gifts will NOT look great at first. Wrapping is a fine motor skill and can require some attention to detail, and with practice, your child can be a contributor to the wrapping process.
Brush and Possibly Do Hair
At 7 years old, Brayden could do his own hair. None of the girls could do their own hair at that age since they all have had very long hair, but they all started to work on learning to brush their own hair out at that age.
With the exception of hair for girls (especially girls with very long hair), a 7 year old can shower independently. As a young 7 year old, Brinley does everything except shampoo. She does conditioner, so she is learning part of the hair process. She will rinse the shampoo out indpendently, she just cannot put it in her hair.
Put All Personal Laundry Away
As a 7 year old (and older 6 year old), kids can put all laundry away independently so long as they can reach anything hanging. I get a step stool to help kids reach the hangers and hanging clothes.
Most 7 year olds will need to have this job inspected afterward, especially if they are in a hurr to go play or something. They can easily shove things where they don’t go or just halfway put clothes on hangers. So I highly recommend you inspect before letting the child move on from the job, but have your child do the job. If your child doesn’t do anything yet, start with things like socks and underwear independently, then move on to folded clothes, and do hanging clothes last.
I am telling you, one of my favorite milestones in my parenting life is my children ALL being able to put their own laundry away. I have moved from putting 5 people’s laundry away to just my own. WAHOO!
Build on Previous Chores
As your child gets older, he can perform all previous tasks better and more proficiently. Here are the tasks we have discussed in past posts that your seven year old should already know how to do and can build on. This might mean your child does more (so if it was one room, it might now be two rooms or an entire floor). It might mean your child increases independence (so a two year old needed help cleaning her room, but a seven year old can be quite independent):
- Put laundry away
- Sort laundry
- Set the table
- Clear the table
- Clean own room
- Yard work
- Dress self
- Brush teeth
- Pet care
- Make own bed
- Make a sandwich
- Warm up canned food
- Unload the dishwasher
- Load the dishwasher
- Clean sinks
- Empty garbages
- Make own lunch
- Base moldings
Previous Ages Chores Posts
- 12 Chores Your Toddler Can Do
- 9 Chores Your Three Year Old Can Do
- 10 Chores for 4 Year Olds
- 10 Chores You Five Year Old Can Do
- 7 Chores Your Six Year Old Can Do
Teach chores line upon line, meaning start small and build up slowly over time. You are working on skills to build over time. Be patient with the process, but start it! Your children will be proficient at these skills much sooner than you think they can be.
Related Posts on Chores
- Chore Jar
- Chore Wheel
- How To Raise a Child Who is a “Good Helper”
- Everyone Cleans
- Getting Children Actively Engaged in Household Responsibilities
- Creating a Parenting Plan
- Making Work Fun
- How To Teach Children Life Skills
- Teaching Your Child To Clean Up After Self
- How to Raise Independent and Responsible Children
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