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The Most Popular Summer Chore List for Kids and Teens

Teach your kids responsibility and money skills by paying them to help out with summer chores around the house, garden, and cottage.
May 14, 2021 · By Mydoh

With summer comes warm weather, beach days, the ice cream truck’s familiar tune—and seasonal home maintenance (ugh!). Summer chores can be a pain, but they’re also the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about responsibility and the value of money while they take a break from school. Paying kids and teens to help out at home, in the garden, or at the family cottage fosters financial independence and leaves them with a lasting sense of accomplishment. So, what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a big ol’ glass and get delegating!

Indoor summer chores for kids and teens

It may be gorgeous outside, but there’s still plenty to do inside the house. Take advantage of kids’ and teens’ extra free time during summer break to finally clear out the clutter in the attic or round up old toys and household items for a garage sale. Summer is also the perfect season to organize closets, mudrooms, and dens before everyone returns to school and work come fall. If you’re embarking on any trips, involve your kids and teens when it comes to budgeting, planning, and packing. These indoor summer chores won’t just save you time—they’ll help kids and teens feel like productive team players while earning an extra buck!

A child helping her mom cook

Indoor chores

Tidy up gardening or storage sheds

Clean out attic

Wipe down patio and sliding doors

Sort and price items for a garage sale

Help plan and budget a summer vacation or weekend getaway

Create a packing list and pack for trips

Help open/close the cottage

Wash swimwear by hand

Pick their own clothes for camp

Do camp laundry

Pack camp lunches

Plan and pack a family picnic

Clean guest rooms

Organize and clean sports equipment

Write thank you cards if you stayed at a friend or family member’s cottage

Pack away winter clothes

Mop mudroom

Organize closets or shoes

Outdoor summer chores for kids and teens

There’s no better season to spruce up your lawn and garden, and the good news is kids and teens of all ages can lend a helping hand. From spotting stray rocks and insects to weeding, planting, and mowing, there’s no shortage of ways for kids and teens to help out while soaking up those summer rays. To keep them motivated, assign outdoor chores that align with their interests. Does your child love flowers? Teach them how to plant and care for the ones in your front yard. Is your tween an animal lover? Work together to construct a bird feeder or backyard pond complete with fish to feed. The best chores aren’t just busy work; they’re opportunities to learn something new.

Kids helping their mother with gardening outside

Outdoor chores

Weed the garden

Water plants and flowers

Mow the lawn

Rake up lawn clippings

Remove rocks and debris from the lawn

Trim overgrown hedges

Check for slugs or insects in plants

Help plant and maintain a vegetable or herb garden

Pick ripe vegetables or herbs

Wash the car

Sweep the patio

Wash patio furniture

Take out trash/recycling/compost bins

Walk the dog(s)

Wash/wipe down the dog(s) after walks

Spot and pick up pet waste

Check the mail

Look for loose screws on outdoor play equipment

Help find tools while an adult sets up new play equipment or patio furniture

Cook easy items like hamburgers or hot dogs on the barbecue

Stack wood

Fill bird feeders and baths

Take care of the sandbox

Tidy up outdoor games and toys

Help construct a backyard pond

Looking for more seasonal chores for kids and teenagers? Read more about winter jobs for kids and spring chores for kids

Use Mydoh to set up and pay kids for summer chores

Mydoh’s Earn feature is an easy and fun alternative to traditional chore charts for kids old enough to use their own devices. You can use the Mydoh app to set predefined tasks, create custom chores, and choose how much to pay them for jobs completed on time. As your kids complete tasks, they simply mark them as “done” in the app, making their progress a breeze to track.

Mydoh automatically transfers funds from parents’ accounts to kids’ accounts for completed jobs on “Pay Day,” which is every Saturday. This helps to teach kids and teens what it’s like to earn their own money, value a dollar, and start thinking about financial planning.

If your kids aren’t old enough to use their own device, it’s still good to get them organized with a physical chore chart. Find free downloadable chore charts here.

Summer chores can help kids master important life skills like personal responsibility, teamwork, and what it takes to run a household. With the help of Mydoh, they can also learn important money skills. Find out more about how you can use Mydoh as a way to help your kids learn, earn, and save.

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