Chore Chart Idea - Tutorial

January 23, 2012

This week I finished my project of developing and implementing a chore chart system for my two children. We have tried a few other ideas previously, however it became too much maintenance for us to keep up. This new idea helps the kids complete tasks on their own and mark them as done. This tutorial will provide you with all the tools you will need to implement this in your home.

The Chores
We have one boy and one girl, and I wanted to customize the chore tags to be more appealing to them. So, I made two of each of the following: Get Dressed, Brush Teeth, Clean Up Room, and Take a Bath. The other tags are the same, except for the "assigned chores". Assigned chores are tasks each of them have to do all the time. For example, my daughter's ongoing responsibility is to help in the kitchen. My son's ongoing responsibility is to help with laundry. On the tag sheet, I provided blank tags for you to customize as you see fit. Click here to view and print the tag sheet (page 1). If you have a laminating machine, be sure to cut and laminate the chore tags before moving on to the chart. If you do not have a laminating machine, you can purchase self-adhesive laminating sheets in the office supply section at Walmart.

The Chart
Since I personalized the chart with a photo and name, you can start by using Word, Publisher, or other program to add your child's picture and name. Click here to view and print the chart (page 2). Remember to laminate the chart before moving on to attaching the chore tags.


Attaching the Chore Tags
You can purchase hook-and-loop dots in the craft or sewing department at Walmart. If your local store has neither of these departments, you may find them in hardware. For our charts, I used 5/8 size dots. I simply attached one side of the dots to the laminated tags, and the other side to the laminated chart. You will need 2x more dots on the chart than on the tags. The chart will hold up to 10 chore tags. We have 8 chore tags on our charts.

For my daughter's chart, I applied 16 loop dots to the chart and 8 hook dots to the tags. For my son's chart, I did the reverse. I applied 16 hook dots to the chart and 8 loop dots to the tags. This enabled me to use the dots equally AND it prevents my kids from tagging the incorrect chart. Here's a tip: wait 24 hours to begin using the completed chore chart. This will allow the adhesive on the hook-and-loop dots enough time to set up prior to use.

Using the Chart
At the beginning of each day, the chores are placed on the left side of the chart under the heading "To Do". As tasks are completed, they will take the tag and place it on the right side of the chart under the heading "Done". By the end of the day, each child will have all of the tags moved from the left side to the right side.

The kids can direct their own activities and mark them as completed on their own. This teaches them independence and the need to accomplish tasks with no help from Mom and Dad. It will take a while to get used to the new system, but it will be great for them to see what they can do and be rewarded for it at the end of the week!

I hope you will find this tutorial useful and implement it in your home. Please feel free to leave a comment below! Thanks for following Practips!

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4 comments:

  1. I link the way this is interactive so children can keep track of it themselves! I included a link to this post and your pic in my allowance round up. http://www.activity-mom.com/2013/02/allowance.html

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    1. Thanks for the mention on your blog! I really appreciate it! :)

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  2. Thanks so much for putting this together and sharing it as a google doc. I was able to print this out and assemble it in under an hour! You made it so easy and my kiddos love it!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! Thanks for the nice comment. --Becky

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