I still remember my mom making hand-made chore charts for us a few short decades ago [gulp]. By adding her tiny hand-drawn images, the charts went from blah to interesting. Can’t wait to show you the colourful, graphics that chore charts now offer. Definitely cool enough to put my mom out of a job.
11 Creative Chore Charts Kids Will Love
No matter the age of your children, there are fun systems and reminders to get those chores done. I have rounded up a few chore charts kids will love to use.
For Toddlers and Pre-Readers
Creating visual charts is especially important for this age group. They can be more independent filling out their charts, and moving to another task with visual reminders.
Keep it Simple
This cute printable will appeal to your little people. Simple stickers like stars, happy faces and dots help them track what they have accomplished.
Calling All Heroes
Appeal to their inner superhero with these customizable charts for boys and girls. This doesn’t assign particular chores, but tracks star stickers as kids help out in different ways.
Hint: To help them have quick success, offer little incentives for every 10 or 15 stars they receive.
Love this idea using a cookie tray with magnetic tasks. Kids slide their magnets to the “Done” side and track their progress.
Hint: Make sure you INSPECT what you EXPECT. It’s important to call kids to an age-appropriate level of excellence.
For School-Aged Children
Pick an idea that suits their personalities and get the kids involved in creating the system too.
Customize clothespins for each child with washi tape or by dipping the ends in paint. Put chores you want them to do on top of the board and they clip them on the bottom once the mission is complete. See at a glance what still needs to be done.
Hint: Keep your chores system in a main traffic area so it won’t be forgotten.
This chore chart is so pretty, I just want to hang it as artwork. Sure to inspire you crafty moms! Each completed task earns a pebble and there is a prize when the jars are filled up.
Daily Job Zones
Train kids to be responsible for an entire zone and use this to assign new zones each week or month. Definitely going to try this idea because I have a lot of kids to cover a lot of zones.
Hint: Allow kids to trade zones on a particular day as long as the negotiations are fair, and you are informed in advance for accountability.
If you want to leave your chore system accessible, why not make it pretty? For an easier idea, adapt this idea with mason jars for a similar effect.
Work for Hire Board
Once regular chores are completed, add a few paid tasks with this work for hire board.
Hint: We can only teach our children how to manage money if they have some funds to manage.
So many ways to use these punch cards. This blogger included blank cards that can be customized as you see fit.
Have you ever wondered how to get older kids accomplishing tasks at lightning speed? Try this brilliant idea requiring a few specific tasks before passwords are handed over and watch those kids get moving.
Hint: This would work especially well for larger jobs that require kids to work as a team, giving them a united goal.
The House Game
Love this idea to make chores into a game the whole family can play. Going to try this to mix up our routine on Saturday mornings.
Whether you do Saturday chores, daily chores or a combination of both, there is much children can learn from this practice.
Mary Poppins said it well: “A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Colours, graphics and moveable bits will sweeten the process of helping out around the house for any child. In fact, I might even make a chore chart to keep myself motivated.
What is your favourite idea for assigning and tracking chores?
By: Karen Gauvreau