Best Chore Charts for Kids

Raising kids is undoubtedly one of the most fulfilling jobs in this world. However, raising responsibly independent and self-sufficient kids can be more fulfilling. Getting kids started to be organized can be quite an uphill task, but with the help of creative charts, things can get amazingly more natural. The chores can range from kids;

  • Dressing themselves
  • Feeding the pets making their beds.
  • Cleaning bathroom
  • Folding laundry
  • Offloading the dishwasher
  • Washing the car
  • Washing the windows
  • Cooking simple meals without supervision.

These chores vary depending on the age of the kids, and it’s paramount not to over-stress the kids with work. The chores make the kids have a sense of responsibility at an early stage. It feels so amazing when we see our children involved with daily tasks. However, it can be a challenge to keep track of the kids’ duties, but with the charts, it can be super easy.

 

Here are some of the best activity charts for kids;

1. Lemon squeezy home

Sometimes it might feel like draining the kid’s energy, but it’s always advisable to let the kids enjoy doing their chores without forcing them. If we only take time to teach them how to do their duties also and adequately cheering them on the job, it will give them positive energy which will enable a win-win situation hence day to day activity will run smoothly. To make a squeezy lemon chart, one needs to have;

  • Magnetic sheets
  • Mod Podge and brush
  • Circle labels and printers about an inch each
  • Wooden circles
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Frames
  • Wood chips

There are easy steps to follow in making the chart;

  • Paint the wood chips and put the printed chores labels on them. Make sure the paint is dry though.
  • Having cut the metal sheets, mount the charts onto the boards, let it dry between the boards and frame it.
  • Using nail-less hanging sticker tabs, hang them and follow instructions to avoid falling and breakage.

It’s always advisable to rotate chores throughout the week to avoid a monotonous cycle which can be tiring for kids. Doing new activities each day can be exciting for kids.

 

2. Beautiful mess

If there existed a perfect world, there would be no worrying of any house chores because; dishes would naturally clean themselves, my manicure and pedicure would always remain intact, the kids and I would always be happy and most of all we wouldn’t have to worry about how anything would be done. Interesting, huh? But wait, a perfect world doesn’t exist. In as much as the world, we live in is not perfect, all we have to do is make more manageable by creating innovative charts. A beautiful mess is a chore chart created to help the kids have something they can look at and know what is expected of them. Once a particular task is accomplished, the kids acknowledge by checking, this gives them a sense of accomplishment and motivates them to do even more. For the little ones, you can put a creative picture of what their chore for the day should be. One can also add the kid’s name on the chart; this gives them a sense of responsibility.

 

3. Chore ring for money

A chore ring for money is primarily made to show kids what to do when they want to earn money. In as much as paying or not paying the kids for chores done is still a debate; it is essential to teach the kids on the value of money by actually allowing them to work for it. This greatly helps them to avoid unnecessary spending. When they need extra cash to buy whatever they desire one can give them a chat ring with different chores to choose. Once the task is done, you can comfortably reward them with their desire as per the agreement. To make a chore ring for earning money, one needs the following items;

  • A thin wood of different shapes
  • Craft paint
  • Drill press
  • Skinny sharpie
  • Loose leaf binder ring
  • Scrapbook paper

 

The steps to making the rings are;

  • To have kids paint one side of the woods in different colors then let it dry.
  • After all the woods have dried, write differently priced chores, mod podge them and stuck it out.
  • Finally, drill holes on the top of the chips and put a binder ring. Alternatively, one can put magnets on the back and stuck them in the fridge. You can also get them to compensate for the items they might have broken in the house. This will generally give them a sense of ownership and responsibility.

 

4. Spinning score visual aids

This would be ideal for older kids and siblings since they hate doing specific chores. The idea is to have transparency when choosing chores hence reducing sibling rivalry

To make a spinning chart, one will need a thin rounded shape wood and pain.

  • The first step would be to paint the wood and let it dry.
  • Cut out equal triangles and spray different colors on each; you can use vinyl to avoid spraying on the lines.
  • Come up with the list of chores that you want to be done.
  • Choose a small image to represent the chore chosen.
  • Paint the images alongside the specific shores.
  • Install a small D ring at the center of the wood painting and hang them on the wall.

 

5. Chore dice

A chore dice can be a fantastic way for the whole family to engage in different chores. The idea is to roll a dice and chore to be done will appear on the top. Here is a simple guide on how to make the dices.

  • To make each cube, you can transfer the pattern on a stiff paper. The next step is to write the daily household chores on each square but also remember to label a free day in the week.
  • Cut out the shape and fold along the dotted line. Dot the tabs with glue and form the paper into the cube pressing together the tabs and faces to secure them in place.
  • Cut out the shape into a cube, pressing together the tabs and faces to secure them in place. Let the glue dry. You can repeat with more cubes with different chores if need be.
  • Take time tossing the dices until all jobs have been assigned.

Using the chore dice will be a great experience, and they will learn how to become more responsible without even realizing it.

 

6. Self sufficient score cards

In this modern day and age, it is vital for us parents to teach kids how to be responsible and self-sufficient. To use these cards, one needs to print the papers on heavy stock paper and stuck them out. One can choose to laminate the papers. Once you determine the chores that need to be completed first, you can place them in an easily accessible place like in the fridge door or the cork board. You can also put the charts in a bowl and blindfold your child to pick one. Chore visual charts that are visible help kids and parents to know that chores are a part of their routine.

 

7. Ice cream cone chart

In this kind of a chore chart, the idea is to create a chart that resembles an ice-cream. It should have the ear of corn and scoops of ice cream. Since ice cream is sweet the chores in the scoops should be related to something good. Some of the tasks that can be listed in this chart include;

  • Brushing teeth
  • Sharing toys
  • Making bed
  • Sharing with siblings
  • Feeding pets and,
  • Arranging toys

Here is a simple guide to a homemade ice cream chart; for the scoops of ice cream, one can use a hand sewing machine to stitch the embroidery. One can use a variety of colors to make the scoop.

  • Stitch a small piece of clear vinyl onto a piece of white fabric, only stitch three sides of the cloth leaving the top side open. It will help hold the name of the core.
  • Stick a magnet with glue to the back of the stitched scoop; you can use some fabric glue to outline the design.
  • Once the pieces are dried, trim the excess fabric just close to the stitching line. The result should be reasonably hard pieces.
  • Repeat the same process for the cone without the vinyl and trim the edges well.
  • Cut small pieces of card stock to fill chores and fit in the vinyl pocket.

With the chore at the back, the flavor of the ice-cream is hidden until the task is completed. This can be an exceptional and motivating strategy to make the kids finish a task so that they can know what flavor is in for them.

 

8. Scratch off innovative kids charts

A scratch-off chore graphic representation is one of the most comfortable task charts to make. Its idea is for kids to pick a random card and scratch to find out which chore they are supposed to do. Here are the materials required to make the chart;

  • Masking tape
  • Card stock
  • Painting brush
  • Liquid dishwasher
  • Metallic acrylic craft pain and,
  • A marker

 

To create the chart;

  • Cut strips of the masking tape allowing your kid to place them on a paper making a grid-like shape
  • In each box, write the chores
  • In a bowl, mix one spoon of dish-washing liquid to two spoons paint. Stir up thoroughly though slow to avoid bubbling of the soap.
  • Fill the chores with paint
  • Let it air dry and remove the masking tape.
  • You can hang it somewhere and let your kid scratch whenever it’s time to do a chore.

9. Work for hire chores

This one of the most exciting way to get kids to work. Work for hire is whereby, after the kids have done their regular allocated chores; you create extra paid tasks. This is most suitable for older kids since it encourages them to do more chores and have something to save in return. To generate this chore, one needs to write down the out of the ordinal duties that need to be done with a price tag on them. Once the kid has accomplished the task, they get paid for work done. This will help them in future to stop being overly dependent. It can be a great incentive for parents who want to encourage the kid to start saving. The secret to this idea should be the more prominent the task, the higher the reward.

 

9. Photographic chore chat

Photographic chore chat is most suitable for little ones who are yet to know how to read. The idea came from Rachel of smile and Wave which was to turn a vintage card holder into a chore plan. Since she needed to make a visual chore visual design, she took photos and put writing on them. The system works great. The images can be of kids doing different chores like kids;

  • Feeding the dog
  • Dressing themselves
  • Taking dirty laundry to the basket
  • Self-feeding
  • Brushing teeth
  • Organizing the toys

It involves all the light activities a young kid can easily be tasked with without being overwhelmed. Little kids love to be motivated, and it would only be nice to reward them after they have successfully managed to complete one task.

 

Benefits of chore visual aids

It’s with no doubt that score charts have numerous benefits both to the parents and the kids. Some of these benefits include:

 

  • Children who have chore visual aids are more likely to be successful as adults.
  • Having hands-on movement helps the child with gross and fine motor skills
  • Training children chores early enough to help them work with others well.
  • Tasks give the children a purpose.
  • It makes children self-disciplined and responsible
  • It teaches them about delayed gratification, for example working towards something

 

Creating a novel and kid-friendly chart is one of the best decisions a parent can make. However, there are some key things to put into consideration to determine what works best for the family. There is a need to consider the age of the kids and also not to expect perfection in the beginning; there is a need for constant appraisal to assure the kids that they are on the right track. Also, it is only right to set clear expectations on your child. Children can easily be excited over a small reward like a gold star, a trip to the park and just an insignificant outdoor trip.

 

 
 

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