Chore charts are a  great way to manage chores for the household. As a mother, it isn’t always easy to get the kids (or your partner for that matter, Lol) to help with household chores, so creating a chore chart is a great creative way to assign responsibilities and assign rewards and punishments. But creating an effective chart is more simple than you think so today we will be learning how to create a chore chart for your family.

Chore charts can be a great way to get your children motivated to want to do chores. Here are a few tips to help you make a successful chore chart.

How to Create a Chore Chart

1.Pick the right visuals

Some children need visual presentations to help them better understand tasks. Some children learn better when they hear instructions, so read over the chores out loud. Also, if you have young children who can read as well, you may want to use visuals. Older children’s chores may need to be explained to them first.

You can have a list that allows children to check off items as they finish them to help them stay organized. Or you can have visual cards(or tasks on popsicle sticks) that can be removed once completed.

2. Be an example

Children are like sponges and they soak up every bit of information from adults. If an adult slacks they are more likely to do the same. So set an example for your child and perform your chores when they perform theirs. Plus, doing things together as a family can be much more exciting and motivating. Make sure you supervise your children to ensure they are doing things right. 

3. Choose according to age

Since all chores do not work for all ages, find a list of age-appropriate chores for your children. Sometimes though a chore is too old for your child, you can make a few adjustments to make it appropriate. For instance, you can lower a closet rod to make hanging clothes more accessible.

4. Involve the kids

Involving your children in decisions is a great way to make them feel apart of things and is another great way to keep them motivated. Allow your children to help you pick out the best visuals for the chart. They can even help you make it.

5. Consider using rewards

Whether you decide to make chores a requirement or an option for an allowance, choosing the right reward system, in the beginning, is best. Just remember to teach your children that being clean and tidy is important without getting paid for it. Remember a chore chart is a great way to teach children about earning money for a job well done!

6. Don’t be harsh

With reward comes responsibility and with responsibility comes consequences. If your children fail to complete a chore there must be consequences but you never want to be harsh. Being hard on your child can make it stressful for them and you don’t want your children to give up. When they need help, offer to help them.

7. Don’t forget off days

In the same way, parents need a day off from work, allow everyone time off from hard chores. Allow room between chores for other activities. Include room for a family game night, movie nights, and other activities.

8. Change it up

Keep it fun by changing up your chore charts every now and then. If your kids seem to get tired of the chart find something together as a family.

Now that we have learned a few tips to make a successful chore chart, let’s look at some designs

Which Design is Best?

1. Free Printable

Responsibility chart

Many chore charts allow you to customize the number of squares, graphics, and text. The best part about free printable charts is that you can print them, use them, and throw them away. You don’t need any extra materials to make them. Here are a few sites with a great selection of free printable chore charts.

DLTK

FreePrintableBehaviorCharts.com

 

2. Clothes Pin Chore Chart

Clothespin Chore Chart

 

This chore chart is simple to make and easy to use. It only takes a little material and time to make. This chart wouldn’t work for smaller children who don’t know how to read. For the design in the image click below.

Electic Recipes

For more designs click the sites below.

TheHappyHousewife

SimplyKierste

 

3. Magnet Chart

Image Source Lemon Squeezy Home

This project is easy to make and use and fun for the children because they get to move the little magnet pieces around. You can put pictures or write the chores on the buttons which are great for different ages.This design is much more elegant than some of the simpler designs and can be hung up wherever needed. For the design in the image click below.

LemonSqueezyHome

For another design click below.

SomewhatSimple

 

4. Work for Hire Chore Chart

chore board free printable
Image Source TheChicSite

If you have pre-teens or teens in your home this may be a great chore chart for you. This simple design allows you to setup chores and lets your children earn money for the task they complete. It is great for all ages and can be designed any way you choose. For steps to complete the design in the photo above click the link below.

TheChicSite

 

5. Chore Chart in a Jar

This is another simple chart to make and is great for all ages. You can change the design up to add your own touch and even use creative ways to get your children to do the chores.

 


Tip: Turn the sticks upside down and allow your children to pick a chore (like drawing straws) that way they pick different chores random instead of always trying to pick the easy ones. 🙂

Conclusion

From dry erase to magnetic, flip charts, simple checklists to photos and pictures, there’s a chore chart for everyone! You just have to decide which one is appropriate and fits all your families needs. Remember, using chore charts are a great chance to teach your children responsibilities and reward them for a job well done.

Make this experience as fun and simple for you and your family as possible. The more help you get around the house, the less stressed you will be. It will help you all to better manage your time and your children will be grateful you taught them this when they are older.

So what do you think? Do you think chore charts are something your family could use? Do any of these designs seem appropriate for your children?

If you are using chore charts I would love to hear about it in the comments section below. If you have any tips you would like to share please feel free to do so. As always, any feedback is always welcome!

14 thoughts on “How to Create a Chore Chart – 8 Easy Tips to Get You Started”

  1. There are some great ideas here. It can be so hard to get your kids to do things around the house. I agree it’s important to be a good example. I like the clothes pin chart as it’s so simple and easy to make.

    1. Hi Marie,
      I think if you don’t set an example kids can become resentful and have a harder time understanding. The clothes pin chart is great you can always add flare to it which is great.Thanks for the comment!

  2. This is fantastic! As a 90’s kid I had to do chores, I had certain chores I did because it’s just “what you do” like make my bed, and help clean up after dinner. But then there were other chores that if I did I would get a quarter for, for example. Then whenever we were at the store and I wanted something I was frequently asked if I had, “brought my own money” and if I had already spent it (the icecream truck was my downfall!) then that was pretty much on me. Perhaps that sounds harsh, and yes there were times my parents bought me things. But as a general rule I worked for my own money and I spent my own money, and when it was gone, I had to work some more. This is a principle I think has been lost with the current generation — or “Millennials” and I do think it’s where some of these entitlement issues stem from. Learning money management is a huge part of becoming a self-providing adult. Chore charts are an essential step in instilling these principles in children. I love this! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Courtney,
      Thanks for sharing a great story. You are absolutely right, the generations today have lost the principles we had when we were younger and have become entitled. Money management should be taught at a young age and parents should never want to become an enabler and chore charts are helpful to teach money these skills. A part of parenting is not doing everything for your children to the point they can’t do anything for themselves. A part of parenting is teaching your children to do things for themselves so they can do everything they need when they grow up. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Hi just want to say thank you for your site. There is an abundance of great ideas here. I think it’s so important for a date night while having children. That was an excellent read. Great ideas. Thanks again.

    1. Hi Tammy,
      I am glad you find the site to be useful. Having children is complicated but with a little bit of management, we can still do the things we love. Thanks for the comment!

  4. I enjoyed reading all the information. Great ideas to involve kids in helpful activities and reduce stress in our life. Sometimes it takes more time, then do the things yourself faster, but there are great benefits for being patient and encouraging for your child efforts. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Olina,
      Yes, there are a lot of benefits to being patient and encouraging your children. Your patience helps your children to learn patience and every effort you make with your children will go with them into their adulthood. The sooner we start with our children the easier it is. Thanks for commenting!

  5. I have trouble getting my children up in the mornings let alone to do any chores.lol
    There’s some fabulous ideas here though that I think could work for them so thanks for this, I think you have just made my life a bit easier 🙂

    1. Hi Matthew,
      Lol, my kids do the same thing. It takes my daughter ten minutes to get out the bed in the morning. Kids are great though when you start them off young, my daughter asks me how can she help now, so it is awesome. I am glad this helped you and I hope you come back and share your experience. Thanks for commenting 😀

  6. This is a good idea and the fact that one can design charts according to a child abilities and as a learning experience. But I think most of all it will build character.

    1. Hi Maurice,
      I agree this is a great way to build your children’s character. You are teaching them all of their survival skills such as manners and responsibilities. Everything parents are responsible for teaching their children and chore charts make it fun. Thanks for commenting!

  7. My three yr old is not quite ready for this yet although I do have her clean up her toys. But these are all great examples of how a household should run. I absolutely agree that teaching them at an early age is essential and these are great ways to do that. I especially love the magnet chart. It adds a little play to the game. thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Brent,
      Even that one thing is great. I know this YouTuber who has a son who knows how to make mac and cheese and he is 3. He is supervised of course but I was shocked. I agree that the magnet toy is like a game and I think children will enjoy that one. Thanks for your comment!

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