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How to Make a Chore Chart Your Child Will Want to Use

Do you struggle with wanting your children to do their chores independently? Learn how to create a chore chart that your child will actually WANT to use! Trust me as a mom of 3 little ones, this WORKS!

One of the most important parts of being a mother is to teach our children how to be independent. Teaching them how to work hard and follow through from an early age is key to teaching this skill.

Whether you have a few children or a large family the skill of being independent is imperative for every child to learn. We can’t be constantly doing everything for our children. We can’t always be cleaning up after them for 18 years and then send them off into the world to take care of themselves. They will have no clue how to do the simplest things.

At some point having children who cannot take care of themselves becomes a frustration for parents. When you constantly need to stop what you’re doing to help your 6 year old do something he should already know how to do you will find yourself becoming more and more frustrated with parenting. I am sure we can all agree that this is not a good place to be.

Then on the flip side we have mama’s who don’t want their children to grow up too quickly so they do everything for their children in order to feel needed. The problem with this way of thinking is that we want to be raising our children to be capable adults. We shouldn’t be hindering our children from learning life skills because we need to feel needed.

This is such an easy thing to do! I am sure most mama’s can relate that there is a balance needed to not do too much for our children. We do want to feel needed. But we are needed in a new way as our children age. Mama, your child will need to be there for him in many other ways other than needing you to brush his teeth for him. He will need you to listen to him, help him problem solve, help him with his questions and thoughts and social life. We may not be needed for dressing and bathing but we will be needed in other areas, don’t lose your self worth as a mom with this area.

One way that I love to help my little children develop the skills needed to be independent is to create age appropriate chores for them to complete. As they age we add chores. You cant start too young with chores. My 14 month old was throwing away dirty diapers for me when his little brother was born and he was helping unload the dishwasher.

DIY chore chart!

Teaching children that they can be helpers in the home from an early age will help it become a natural way of life for them. You will also be encouraging them to be cheerful about helping and working. My 14 month just loved being able to throw things away for me! Praise was his reward and now at age 5 he is still a big helper to me and will typically ask for a job to do for me.

I’ve found that as they’ve gotten older instead of haphazardly giving them jobs, I found that using a chore chart system allowed them to be even more independent. They no longer need me to tell them what they needed to do. They can go check their board to see what they need to accomplish during the morning and throughout the day.

But you need the right system in place in order for this idea to be successful. We have tried a few chore chart systems in just over 4 years and this method that we use now has been the most successful method. My children LOVE it and actually want to use their chore charts every day.

How to Make a Chore Chart Your Preschooler Will Want to Use

Supplies:

supplies needed for a DIY chore chart

Dry-Erase/Cork Combination Board

Laminator

Magnets with Adhesive Backing

Washi Tape

Chore Chart printables

 

1. Once your Laminator has warmed up, laminate all of your sheets.

DIY chore chart

2. Cut out whichever chores are age appropriate for your child.

DIY chore chart

3. Cut each square magnet into 4 pieces. This helps them last longer for other projects or when you are ready to add more chores for your child.

4. Stick each magnetic to the back of the chore pictures.

5. To make the chore charts decorative or to remember whose is whose you can choose a washi tape style for each child and then tape it to the border of the board. Then place one line in the middle of the board. The top section will be the chores that need to be completed while the bottom is the completed section.

decorative DIY chore chart

You’re done!!

It’s that easy!

Now, what is the cork board for? Well in our family we use that for their rules and their reward system.

We use these amazing free printable reward bucks and for each rule that is obeyed or each behavior that we like to see is done we reward them with this money. (Also laminated for longevity!)

reward bucks for children

After awhile we will count them up and they can earn a prize off of the rewards paper (also included in the packet!).

Each rule or behavior is priced differently based on importance. Such as kindness, we are focusing on being kind so when we see that behavior they will get a $5 reward buck instead of $1. You could focus on being generous, having a good attitude, and so on. Or focus on more than one at time. Whatever works for your family!

DIY easy chore chart that your preschoolers will actually want to use!

Each day that every chore is completed they will earn an extra reward buck for doing a great job. This encourages them to keep at it everyday. The more reward money they earn the bigger their prize can be.

But by all means, you can just buy a whiteboard and forget the whole rewards system all together. But this chore chart method has been working for a year now and I am convinced it will keep working! It’s a chore chart my preschoolers actually want to use, score!!

 

Your turn! Do you have your children complete chores every day? Do you have a chore chart system in place that is working? Let us know in the comments!

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18 Comments

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    Candace
    November 25, 2015 at 8:50 am

    This is adorable. It truly is a chore chart kids will love. I wish I would have helped my kids more in this area. I did everything around the house when they were growing up. Chores are so important to help kids learn responsibility.

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

      I know so many mom’s who do do everything. I think we are handicapping our children when we do this. My kids love these charts! Thanks for starting the conversation this morning!

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    Suzanna
    November 28, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I have four boys and am always looking for more efficient ways to get chores done. This article made me realize that I shouldn’t forget to start early with my just-turned year old girl. She seems so young yet, but I know that the earlier you start the easier it is. It will seem a little easier once she learns to walk. 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      November 28, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      I think we are always underestimating how much our children can do. My kids are such big helpers that their chores don’t even feel like chores to them. Our Little Lady has been doing many things around the house since she was very little – she always wanted to keep up with her brothers! I’m glad this can be helpful for your family!

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    Cat
    December 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    What a great system! I need to make one for our sons. We had a chart some time ago but somehow it got set aside for some time. We need to be more organized about this.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 1, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      I agree, it is something that seems to fall by the wayside and we pick back up again. This system has worked great for us! I hang them on the wall where they can reach and they can independently work the boards and their chores. It’s fantastic! I hope it works well for you guys!

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    Tai East
    December 1, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    What a great idea, Ana! Thanks so much for sharing, Love! GOD bless you! 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 1, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Tai! It’s a big hit in our home! Have a great night! 🙂

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    Pat
    December 1, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Ana,
    Thanks for sharing this at Coffee and Conversation last week! Our readers loved it, and we’ll be featuring it tomorrow 🙂

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      That’s fantastic, I can’t wait to check it out!

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    Julie
    December 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This is a great idea – I like that the kids can move their chore from pending to completed and visually see what they are doing.

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Julie! I love that it is pictures and words so t can grow with my children as well. It’s an awesome system!

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    Catherine
    December 4, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Cute idea! We have tried many different chore charts over the years and anything that adds rewards always seems to work for my kiddos. Love that this one is visual for non-readers!

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      Anastasia Safee
      December 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Yes, that is one thing I love about this! I love the independence it gives them. That’s key for me!

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    Christia Colquitt
    January 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Love this idea. Chore charts are a struggle for me! Thank you for sharing on the Faith Filled Parenting LinkUp.

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      Anastasia Safee
      January 28, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      I think if my kids weren’t so into it probably wouldn’t work out for us either. They also love the reward system so that helps!

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