Making Chores Fun with Chore Charts
We know that our kids would rather do anything other than their chores. Hey, we as adults usually feel the same way! You’d think they would have made the definition of chores more uplifting and positive, instead of “an unpleasant, but necessary task.” Instead of, or at least in addition to forcing these unpleasant tasks upon our kids, let’s try to add a little bit of fun and motivation into the mix. Not only for their sake, but also for ours.
Chore charts are an easy way to incorporate not only organization and clear communication for these everyday tasks, but they also bring some color and personal accountability into the chore world. We can’t guarantee that your kids will jump for joy next time they need to unload the dishwasher, but we can help you find something unique and helpful that will hopefully turn the chore frown upside down.
We’ve rounded up chore charts from all over the place, including Etsy and a few DIY options, so you can find a chart that will work perfectly for your space and your family.
1. Magnetic Chore Chart
Your kids might learn to love doing their chores if their chore chart is as simple, easy to understand, and cute as this one from Etsy shop Abbie’s House. Made from wood and metal and with the ability to personalize your chart in several ways, not only will your kids love moving the magnets from one side to the other, you will love having a chore chart that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in your home.
TIP: Don’t rule your household chores with an iron fist. Be sure you’re not expecting too much out of your kids and that you’re still allowing plenty of time for play and other activities.
Consider every once in a while adding a “fun” activity to their chore chart, such as baking cookies or an extra 30 minutes past bedtime, just to keep your kids on their toes and give them more motivation to check their chore chart regularly.
2. Wooden Chore Chart
If whimsical, personal, and versatile are what you want in a chore chart, then check out this option from Etsy shop Back40Life. This handmade wooden chore chart can be completely personalized to fit your family, with hooks that hang matching chore tags.
TIP: Have your kiddos grab a random handful of tags at the beginning of the week, hang them up on their designated hook, and get them to work! Each week can be a different set of chores, so there’s not the boring, redundant task of taking out the trash week after week after week. There’s a higher chance of your kids doing their chores happily if there is a good selection of different things for them to choose from. Kids love variety and choices, so let’s give them what they want!
Also, if you choose to include you or your spouse’s name on this chart, bonus points. Not only will your kids be encouraged by seeing their parents doing chores alongside them, maybe your significant other won’t forget to mow the lawn this summer, and you’ll actually dust during naptime instead of Instagramming for an hour.
3. Dry Erase Chore Chart
If your kiddo thrives on the reward system, then this fun and simple dry erase chore chart from Etsy shop Tickled Peach Studio might be a perfect option. Include their name and their favorite theme, such as tractors, trains, rainbows, or birds for a bright and special hangable chart that they’ll be proud of.
TIP: Each week fill out the name of the chores that your child is responsible for. Together talk about a special reward that your child will receive at the end of the week if they complete all the chores on their chart. It can be anything from a one dollar bill, a trip to the ice cream shop, or a new toy. Let them participate in the decision of what the reward should be, which helps promote critical thinking, personal responsibility, and a sense of autonomy. Write in the reward or attach a picture of the reward to the chart, providing a motivating visual.
Let them help you check off the boxes with the marker each day they complete a chore. If you make it through the week, enjoy the moment when your child receives the special reward they worked so hard to get. Give them a small taste of the real world!
4. Door Hanger & Clothespin Chore Chart
For a thrifty DIY option, hit up the dollar store for clothespins and a thin door hanger. Write one chore per clothespin and label one side of the hanger TO DO and one side DONE. Clip the clothespin where appropriate and then let your child move it over when the chore is finished. You can’t get simpler than that.
TIP: The advantage of having a door hanger as a chore chart is that your child can’t “forget” about their chores. Every time they go in and out of their room, they are reminded.
Keep whatever chore chart you are using clearly visible and easy to access. Out of sight, out of mind doesn’t help when it comes to keeping your kids on track with their chores.
5. Paper & Magnet Flap Chore Chart
For younger kids who can’t yet read and are just learning the ropes of helping out around the house, make this DIY chore chart that appeals to them both visually and tactilely. With pictures in addition to words and magnetic closures that young kids will love opening and closing, this makes a great “My First Chore Chart.” Visit My Name is Snickerdoodle for detailed instructions on how to make this chore chart.
TIP: Believe it or not, even 2 and 3 year olds can start doing chores around the house. Here are some age appropriate chores that even the youngest kiddos can participate in:
- Clean up toys.
- Feed pets.
- Put dirty clothes in laundry basket.
- Wipe up spills and messes.
- Dust furniture.
- Clear their table after meals.
6. Mason Jar & Popsicle Stick Chore Chart
Even though the example in the photo looks involved, you can easily make a simple chore chart from two mason jars and a handful of popsicle sticks. Just write one chore per stick until all chores are written down and put the sticks in a pile. Then either you or your kids pick out which chores they want, and toss those sticks in the mason jar labeled TO DO. When the chore is completed, the stick moves over to the DONE mason jar. If you’re interested in learning how to create the chore chart system shown above, check out The Crafted Sparrow for detailed instructions.
7. Simple Paper Chore Chart
If you’re interested in a straight-forward, no-frills, cut-to-the-chase chore chart, then these chore charts might be right up your alley. With nothing but the basics, each tear off weekly sheet simply lets your kids know what to do and where to document it.
8. Fabric Chore Chart
This fun fabric chore chart is perfect for young kids who love visual aids. With a variety of pre-made and blank chore and reward cards you’ll be able to customize this chart every week. The stars attach with Velcro and the durable design and high quality fabric assure you that this chore chart will last through the rough and tough toddler phase to the elementary school years.
9. Note Pad Chore Chart
This one’s for the tweens and teens who are too cool for magnets and flaps. This note pad is perfect for using as a chore chart and gives just the right amount of practicality mixed in with a bit of humor.
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