What Were Colonial Boy's Chores?

According to Williams Burg Kids, boys in colonial America were expected to contribute their labor to the success of the family at an early age, beginning with small chores around the home by age 4, such as weeding the garden, washing dishes and feeding the chickens. By age 6, boys helped their fathers with the family's business, whether in town or on a farm, whenever they were not in school.

If his family lived on a farm, by age 6 a boy helped his father with all the farming tasks he could physically perform, including fetching water and wood, gathering eggs, caring for animals, or assisting with planting and harvesting crops. In town, a boy helped with similar chores at home and also was trained in his father's business.

Poor boys might not attend school in order to help at home more, while richer boys might work after school with their fathers, spend more time reading or learning, and have more leisure time because if the family had servants to assist with the household chores. Regardless of their socio-economic status, boys played when their chores were finished, and their games consisted of running and jumping games such as hide-and-seek. Toys were expensive, so most children made toys from objects around them.