Friday, September 11, 2009

Chore Charts

I made the kids new chore charts a few days ago. I was so sick of cleaning up their toys or else risking an ankle injury, so we have a new system. Some my call it bribing, but I'd rather do this than yell, which accomplishes nothing, and the kids might even develop a good connotation for cleaning up!

The kids have other things they help out with too, but their main three chores are setting the table, taking their dishes to the sink, and cleaning up their toys at night. If they get three stars, they get a piece of "treasure." I got a treasure chest from Ross and filled it up with Dum Dums, Tootsie Rolls, and fun packs of M&Ms, along with some dollar store toys. You should see these kids clean now!

I found this document a while back that lists age-appropriate chores for kids. There are some great ideas there.

I made these using a ruler, plain white paper, a fine point Sharpie, Velcro circles, stars, sticker letters, colored pencils and laminating sheets. I just drew lines where I needed them, drew and colored some little pictures, added the names, and laminated them. Then I placed a Velcro circle in each space and stuck the other side of the Velcro onto the stars. Done!
Like my artwork? Ha ha, it's less than professional, but the kids get the idea. If you don't want to draw, just google some free clipart.


  1. When I was looking through some pictures for my latest post, I came across one of you in our Taft Way kitchen and the back to school chore chart was on the wall, the one with the sidewalk. Do you remember it?

  2. Very good idea. I've been thinking I need to make some new charts - hopefully ones we actually follow. Yours are super cute, they might even inspire my kids to actually work. And my husband too! I decided I'm tired of doing ALL the work around the house (not that DH doesn't help sometimes, but I hate feeling like it's my sole responsibility especially now that I'm teaching full-time), so I'm making a chart for the WHOLE family. I will use yours as a guide.

  3. I have been wanting to do this for a while now too. Great idea, cute idea. I will have to do this now as well, you made it sound so easy. Thanks Connie!

  4. Cute! Great idea!