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!
- 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.
- 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
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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