I’m going to start this post with a Chore Board Round up! Sometimes a little inspiration is all I need to complete a task.
If you need some Chore Board Ideas – have no fear! I’ve found some good ones for you!
Here’s an adorable and functional magnet board. Who doesn’t love a good Ikea Hack!?
A Pebble for your Chore. I love that they get rewarded with non-monetary items! And it’s sooo pretty!
This one is great for the non-readers. So simple and self-explanatory.
Looking for a free printable chore chart? This lady doesn’t just have one, but TWENTY free chore charts you can print and start using today!
Or maybe some free, printable chore clip art to make your own chore board with pictures!
Here is what our chore board looks like.
It isn’t the prettiest thing. But I wasn’t really going for pretty when I made it. Just cheap and functional.
Each day, I place a red or blue ticket on the hook underneath each chore. Blue is for Judah and red is for Dex. For things like ‘get dressed’ and ‘brush teeth’, I put one of each color on the hook. When they complete their chore, they put the ticket in their ticket jar. And they get to decide when they want to cash in their tickets. The more tickets they have, the better reward they get. We have a list of rewards with a ticket price for each one. Some of the rewards we have are: a toy at the dollar store, a $5 game, 30 minutes of jumping at Skyzone, camping in the backyard with daddy, a trip to the playground and more!
Now that we have the eye candy taken care of, we have to tackle the more difficult part: “What chores can my child do?”
Let me first start by saying this:
Our kids are capable of way more than we think.
If your child can maneuver his way around an ipad, he can turn on the washing machine.
If he can build a house out of Legos, he can fold a towel into a square.
If she can set up a tea party for her dolls, she can set the table for dinner.
I’m going to tell you a secret, that no mom wants to hear.
The hardest part about chores for kids has nothing to do with the kids.
The hardest part is making the time to teach them, and finding our patience to guide them.
Yep. This is really going to be more of a lesson for you than it will be for them.
Here are a couple simple rules when implementing chores.
- Show them first. Remind yourself that your child has probably never done this before and you need to present this chore slowly and patiently. You might have to show them five times. You may have to show them 20 times. They will get it.
- Make it fun. This one is the hardest for me. Probably because I have always liked work. I haven’t needed it to be fun. So, I have a hard time doing this naturally. Turn on some music, dance with your broom, sing at the top of your lungs and let them enjoy it!
- Don’t give up right away. Sometimes it’s hard to not think ‘this isn’t working’. But don’t give up. Teaching kids chores is like potty training a puppy.
Actually, it’s nothing like training a puppy. I just couldn’t think of a good simile.
Kids this age LOVE to do chores!
So here are a couple to get you started!
Chores that can be done daily:
- get dressed
- brush teeth
- brush hair
- make bed
- clean room
- take care of pet(s)
- bring dirty laundry to laundry room
- sort dirty clothes into baskets
- load washing machine
- transfer laundry from washer to dryer
- unload dryer into basket
- empty lint tray in dryer
- fold laundry
- put laundry away
- fold towels (we like to roll our big towels – easier for the little ones)
- fold cloth napkins
- set table
- wipe down table after eating
- wipe down chairs after eating
- load dishwasher
- unload dishwasher
- hand wash dishes
- sort silverware (out of dishwasher)
- clean toilet (I have found using disinfecting wipes works great for the littles)
- clean bathroom sink
- line up shoes
- water plants (indoor or outdoor)
- get mail/newspaper
- pick up toys
- empty garbage cans (the bathroom ones are the perfect size for the little guys)
- empty compost bin
- hang laundry on the line to dry
- sort and roll socks
Other non-daily chores:
- sprinkle baking soda on carpet and vacuum
- spot-clean hardwood or tile floors with a wet rag (no more mamas on their knees!)
- polish silverware
- wash car
- pull weeds
- sweep porch
- sweep garage
- shovel snow
- rake leaves
- organize books on bookshelf
- disinfect door handles
- disinfect light switches
- remove sheets from bed to be washed
- collect towels to be washed
- pick up small garbage by hand on the carpets (easy job when you don’t have time to get the vacuum out. Give them a number of pieces to count)
- clean windows
- clean mirrors
- wipe baseboards
- wash vegetables for dinner
- fold throw blankets
- spot clean fabric protected furniture with wet rags
- spot clean doors and walls
- unload groceries
- put away groceries
- restock toilet paper/kleenex in bathrooms
- put all loose DVD’s back in their boxes (anyone else have this never-ending problem?)
- sort coin jar coins into paper rolls
- test pens/markers in junk drawer on scrap paper to see which ones still work
- wipe kitchen cabinet fronts
- clean out car
- sort recycling and bottle returns
If your kids want to be helpful, but they can’t remember how to do everything, create a simple visual reminder. My friend Brittan’s daughter really wanted to help with laundry. So in order for her to become independent, Brittan wrote out a list to tape above the washing machine that told her daughter what water temperature each type of load goes into.
Whites = hot, Colors = warm, etc
So simple! Now she doesn’t have to stand over her daughter every time she does a load of laundry!
There are so many things we do every day out of habit and never think to let our kids do for us. They want to be helpful. They want to be included. And when I stop being in a rush and take my time to teach them and allow them to participate, it’s almost always worth it in the end.
These are life lessons that our children will use for the rest of their lives.
We are setting them up for success.
We are setting them up for independence.
And we are setting them up for successful adult relationships.
Print these lists and put them on your fridge. Every time your child wants to help, you can look at the list and choose one!