Work can be a positive learning experience for kids 10 and under. It is never too early to begin teaching kids the value of earning money. Official jobs in the workforce are out of the question, since federal law sets 14 as the minimum age for employment. But there are household chores and yard work that kids 10 or younger can perform to help them develop responsibility and a work ethic.
Household chores can be a money-maker for young kids. Dusting, sweeping, washing dishes, and folding laundry are a few chores for young kids. Whether the work is done at home, or for a neighbor, the amount of pay should be agreed upon beforehand. Before trying other work, chores are a great starting point for teaching kids about work and setting priorities.
Pet sitting is a fun job alternative. Know a pet owner going out of town? Kids with pet experience can use their knowledge to care for animals while the pet parent is away. Feeding, playing with, and cleaning-up after the pet teaches kids about caring for living things. Parental supervision should always be exercised when kids are caring for pet--for the safety of the child and the pet.
Older kids with strong skills in math, english, science, or other subjects make great tutors for peers and younger kids. Tutoring not only helps a struggling student, it strengthens the child tutor's skills and builds confidence. Kids can tutor siblings or other kids in the neighborhood. If the tutoring is paid, the price should be agreed upon between parents before work begins and should be broken into half-hour or hour increments.
Make Greeting Cards
Have a creative artist in the family? Kids can make and sell greeting cards for all occasions by using simple supplies. Crayons, markers, glitter and glue mixed with a message for a special occasion creates wonderful greeting cards. Kids can sell them to friends, neighbors, and family, or with a parent's help, market them to local businesses such as doctor's offices and nursing homes.
Kids who love to wrap packages with pretty paper and bows could earn a little money using their skill as a job. Wrapping packages is a yearlong activity, including all occasions from birthdays and holidays to weddings and baby shower gifts. Ask customers to drop off gifts for wrapping and help the child deliver the final product before the occasion.
Shoveling and Raking
Shoveling and raking are great jobs for kids who love working outdoors. Removing snow in the winter and raking leaves in the fall give kids experience with responsibility and maintaining property. Often elderly neighbors and those with disabilities need help with these tasks year-round. When the job is complete kids, feel a sense of accomplishment for their hard work. Children under 10 are too young to use lawn mowers for cutting grass.
Gardening is a great job for kids of almost any age. Gardening can include weeding, planting seeds, watering and picking fruits and vegetables. With the help of a parent, kids can create contracts with customers detailing the frequency of care and the specific tasks to be completed around the yard.