I remember when my sisters and I were younger, our mom used to have a chore chart on our kitchen wall. In our culture, it was very common for households to have a house help to do all the cleaning. But, our mom did not want us to grow up not knowing how to do a single thing around the house. So, we did not have a house help, and we had to do our own chores.
Consequently, we came up with DIY chore charts that worked for us. Since we were kids, it took us several tries before we found a chore chart that worked for us consistently.
Its probably not shocking that kids are not inclined to take the broom and sweep their mess or tidy their toys. You have been cleaning up all of their mess since they came to this world, so why should things change?
Teaching them to do chores at a young age will prove to be very beneficial for them in the long run. Think of college when they have to start living on their own. Do you want them to be able to cook, clean, and do laundry on their own?
If your answer is yes, then it’s time to teach them. But, let’s make it fun!
PS: Scroll to the bottom of the article for some free printable charts!
I love the innovative feel to this chart. The fact that you can just simply add and remove chores as they change is a much-needed bonus. They’re pretty easy to make, too!
Get the printables and full how-to here.
2Sticks in a Jar
The way this chore chart (doesn’t really look like a chart) works is quite creative. Each jar has an equal number of “must-do” chores and “can-do” chores which have corresponding color coordination. The “must-do” chores must be done on a daily basis while the “can-do” chores must be done at least once a week.
Once your kids accomplish a chore, they flip the stick to reveal a green star. Then you check them at night for the “must-do” ones and then at the end of every week for the “can-do” ones.
Find the full inspiration here.
3Race Course Board
This may seem to be just for your son but it can actually work for your daughter too. Choose a different color of Hot Wheels for her, draw a two-lane course with their corresponding chores and have a race!
The first one to reach the finish line gets a point and whoever has the most points at the end of each week gets a reward.
Find the full idea here.
How simple is this, right? You probably already have an idea how to make this without needing to look at the full instructional, right?
Either way, click here for the step by step.
5Magnets and Cookie Sheets
As complicated as this looks to make, you would be wise to still choose to try these out. On the contrary, it’s actually a lot simpler than it looks. Plus, it’s durable so investing time on this is worth it.
All you need are simple household items like cookie sheets and a bunch of other office supplies. See the full list of materials and steps here.
If money won’t motivate your older kids to do their chores, I don’t know what will. Before they start hasting through their chores to earn an extra buck or two, set the ground rules such as what you consider a good job or if they returned their materials in the right place. If they don’t meet the rules, they have to keep doing it until they get it right before getting the reward money. :)
7Family Responsibility Board
I know what you’re thinking. “I can’t possibly make that on my own!” You’re absolutely wrong. Yes, this takes more time, resources and expertise but find the right person to help you and it will be a breeze.
To put this plain and simple, each chore done earns a ticket and tickets can be exchanged for money. Great way to teach your kids early that you have to work hard for the money!
Grab the full how-to and printables here!
8Tickets, Tickets and More Tickets
This works very simple and very similar to how the ticket exchange in arcades work. Each chore has a corresponding colored ticket. At the end of the week, your kids can exchange their accumulated tickets for small prizes like gum, candies, erasers or small toys. Or, they can exchange them for money to save. Discuss with your husband how much each ticket will be valued at.
See the full idea here.
9Pebbles In, Pebbles Out
Before I redirect you to where you can get the instructions, I’d like to emphasize how this chore chart works. For every chore finished, you child drops a pebble in the jar. Once the jar is filled to the brim, you give them a reward like a trip to the ice cream parlor, a new toy or a movie night. If they misbehave, a pebble gets taken out. Fun, right?
Okay, go on and head here to see how this rustic piece of art is made.
10Spin the Wheel
Warning: this particular project might be up on the difficulty level but it’s said to work for her kids. And, they’re having fun! You see, kids have this tendency to think moms are dictators when assigning chores. I certainly felt that way before so why not leave it all to chance?
You can’t get any more fair than spinning the wheel. Learn how to make it here.
Feed a cookie to the monster for every chore done and cross it out of the list. But before you do this, think of a reward system that would work for both of you and your kids. What can they exchange for the cookies? You can try giving them an extra 15 minutes of staying up for every 3 cookies or an extra snack for every 5 cookies.
Full set of instructions here!
12Mom, I need more money chart
This is pure genius. Most of parents face the issue of pocket money vs help needed around the house. This pretty simple chore chart is the ultimate solution- all you need is few envelopes and a marker.
13Bonus: 15+ FREE Printable Chore Charts
- Daily responsibilities for kids – simple and clean chore chart for every day of the week with chores you can choose and edit for every week
- Printable chore cards for kids – bright and clear cards including make bed, brush teeth, pet care, clean up toys, take trash out, get dressed, help mommy and more.
- Colorful chore chart for kids – fill in for every week and every child
- Blue Chore Chart
- Chore charts from Living Well Spending Less
- Reusable chore chart – print and put in plastic sleeve. Write on top of the sheet and wipe after each week. No need to reprint more charts.
- Elegant chore chart from Bowl full of Lemons
- Job chart with magnetic board – IKEA hack
- Printable punch cards with chores
- Summer Bingo Chore Chart
- Tic Tac Toe Chore List and Game in one
- Frozen themed Chore Chart
- Star Wars Chore Charts – don’t worry, no need to defend any galaxy
- Modern monochrome chore chart
- Chevron design chore chart
Not every chore chart would work like a charm on the first try.
Kids are not consistent creatures. Most adults aren’t consistent.
If the first one doesn’t work for you, try again. Consider the reasons why they don’t work. Are your chore assignments to hard or too frequent? Maybe your reward system isn’t motivating at all? Or maybe you and your husband aren’t setting a good example of being consistent? There are plenty of causes but keep an open mind.
I remember it took us quite a while to get the hang of a daily chore routine but we were able to get the hang of it. Just be extra patient and relentless at the same time. Pretty soon, it will be part of their habit and that’s what we’re aiming for!
Have chore charts worked well for you and your kids? Let us know in a comment below!