(I just noticed that rogue piece of yellow felt on the purple chart, argh)
A few weeks ago I shared with you some clever ideas for doing chore charts here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2012/01/02/clever-inspiration-chore-charts-for-kids/. I finally decided on what I was going to do. I found some felt on sale at Joanns for $.25 cents a piece and I found a bag of cute Popsicle sticks with shapes on top to write the chores on.
Kids Chore Chart
Cost: $2.99 for sticks and $.25 cents for each felt
- 3 pieces of different colored felt
- Popsicle/Craft Sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Start with the base felt.
- Cut second piece of felt in half to use as the pouches.
- Glue the pouch on (making two separate pouches to hold the chore sticks), use the next picture as a guide.
- Cut squares out of the third color felt.
- With the sharpie or fabric marker, write on the squares: “To Do” and “Done”.
- Write the chores on each stick.
As you can see in the first picture, I have two different chore charts for each kid but the top one is to hold the chores. This way I can go in each morning and put in what the kids need to do.
To hang it on the door, I used the Command picture frame strips. I just adhered 3 to the door and used the felt itself to act as the velcro to hold them in place. These have not fallen once since putting them on.
- On the back of the sticks you can write another chore OR you can write an allowance amount. At the end of the week you can then tally how many chores were completed to determine the allowance.
- Let the kids help! This one is easy enough the kids can help measure and cut but be careful if you use hot glue. They can also write their chores down.
- You could also use this as a “marble” reward system except with sticks.
I’ve had people ask me, what chores do you assign your kids? It really depends on age, I can share with you what I do.
My kids share these chores (11 and 7 years old):
- Clean bathroom: Mirrors, sink, counter, shower and floors (my kids have their own bathroom)
- Put away dishes
- Put away laundry
- Pick up dog poo (not the most glamorous job but someone’s gotta do it)
- Clean bedrooms
- Vacuum bedrooms
- Clean loft
- Vacuum loft
- Empty small trash cans
- Take out recycle
- Wash dog