Friday, October 17, 2008

Chore Charts

A recent craft project I undertook was to make the kids chore charts. As mother to a 2 1/2 year old and a 10 month old, I made them unbelievably simple and adaptable.

The project supplies I used were:

scrapbook paper
word document with the "chart"
laminating paper
laminating machine
magnets (optional - mine hang on the fridge)

Simple, see?

Here is the outcome:

I just used dry erase markers to write the chores and it will easily adapt so I can change the chores as they get older. You can see that Beckett has some intense responsibilities ;)

Taylor Joy was excited that I made something just for her and loves the idea of checking things off of a list (can we say Type A, just like Daddy?). She loves to help and this is a great way to teach her responsibility and to thank her and tell her what a blessing she is as we check it off the list.

We started letting her chip in around the house at a very young age. Around 1 we started realizing that she desired to help around the house and so we would find little things that she could do that weren't too difficult for her. When it came to laundry, we would give her some washcloths and hand towels and let her go to town. She thought she was helping and since then she really has learned how to (messily) fold a towel. When I am loading or unloading the dishwasher, she helps by putting away her silverware, bowls and cups. She also takes her laundry to her room, throws away her trash, helps dust and puts her dishes in the sink. She is learning responsibility in the home and stewardship of the home. I am so pleased with how fast she has picked those things up because we have let her help instead of worrying about the mess she will make or about having to redo what she has done or about the extra time it will take to teach. It is well worth the time and effort to teach your children as you keep your home.

I'm making the document I used available in case you would like to make something similar for your children.

Chore Chart (4 blanks)
Chore Chart (6 blanks)
Chore Chart (8 blanks)


1 comment:

  1. I love it...Your chore board is super cute! We start our littles working around 18 months or so also....

    One thing I do with chore charts for little ones is use pictures instead of words. That way they can figure out what to do on their own. There are samples on my blog. But I usually just google the chore and find a picture.


    Gotta go lunch break is almost over!


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