Summer Chore List for Kids (with Free Printable!)

School is out for the summer!

We know how hard it can be to keep routines in check once the kids have finished their school year. A great way to help the kids stay active and organized is with a summer chore list. We want the transition from school to summer to be as easy as possible for your family this year. That’s why we created this free, printable Summer Task List for Kids! We used the word “task” instead of “chore” to keep things fun and light – it is summer break, after all! Our summer task list is a great way to keep the kids productive this summer, and it’s formatted to build in some fun as well! This blog will explain how the Dream Dinners Summer Task List works and provide examples of tasks that would be great to possibly include for your family.

How the Summer Task List Works

Handing the kids a summer chore list might make their stomachs turn. If you pepper in some fun & healthy activities, attacking items on the list might become something they enjoy! This was the idea behind our summer chore list printable. The directions on the printable are as follow:

  1. Find the box for the day of the week.
  2. Choose 2 red tasks and 3 black tasks from the task box next to it.
  3. Complete all 5 tasks.
  4. Write the 5 tasks you completed in today’s box.

The kids are prompted to choose between two lists of tasks, with the red list being more “fun” and the black list being more “chore-like” (but still necessary jobs!). We left the task boxes blank so that you could write down 6-10 relevant jobs for your household. For example, if the garbage truck comes around on Thursday, taking the garbage out would be an excellent task to include on Wednesday! We know different tasks make sense for other households, so fill these sections in accordingly. The black tasks are meant to be chores, while the red tasks should be more light-hearted, fun, healthy activities. Allowing the kids to choose which jobs they complete and peppering some light-hearted activities will make summer chores more enjoyable for everyone in the home!

Examples of Tasks to Write in Black

  • Make your bed
  • Put clean clothes away
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Pick up and put away your toys
  • Tidy up the bathroom
  • Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher
  • Empty dishwasher and put dishes away
  • Empty garbage bins
  • Take out trash cans
  • Match clean socks
  • Wipe down tables
  • Set the table for dinner
  • Mow the lawn
  • Dust
  • Sweep the floors
  • Mop the floors
  • Vacuum
  • Tidy up room
  • Brush Teeth

Examples of Tasks to Write in Red

  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Look in the mirror and say something nice to yourself
  • Write someone a kind letter
  • Tell someone you love them
  • Help with a task that isn’t yours
  • Brush teeth
  • Write a story
  • Draw a picture
  • Play your favorite song and DANCE
  • Do 20 jumping jacks
  • Make up a song
  • Build a fort
  • Play outside
  • Draw on the sidewalk
  • Take a nap
  • Close your eyes and take 10 deep breaths
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Write down 5 things that make you happy
  • Write down 5 things you’re grateful for
  • Watch an episode of your favorite TV show
  • Watch a movie
  • Write about everything you did today
  • Give someone in your family a hug

The task section of the chore sheet can be filled out with any appropriate assignments for your family, whether they are on our list of examples or not! As you can see, the red tasks are more for personal health and wellness, while the black would be considered “chores.” Mixing your child’s daily task list with fun or suitable activities for their wellness is a great way to make a chore list a little more enjoyable for the kids. This is also a great way to build healthy habits as they grow!

Are there chores that you would give to your kids that you don’t see on this blog? Leave it in the comments so others can use your task list ideas!