Every year it seems like my family gets busier and busier. More sports practices, more after-school activities, more homework, and more friends means very little time spent at home and even less time keeping that home clean. Everyday, the kids would come in, fling their backpacks, coats, and shoes all over the living room and rush off to play. Beds were left unmade, bedrooms declared disaster areas, and everywhere this mom went, it seemed like the toys were breeding. After about a month of living in this chaos, I was D.O.N.E!!! Thus, Chore Charts were made.
- 8.5 x 11 Document Frame
- 8.5 X 11 Scrapbook Paper
- Black Sharpie
- Dry Erase Markers
- Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
- Round Magnets
1. Place your scrapbook paper horizontal. I let the kids pick their favorite. From the top of the paper, use your ruler and mark down 2.5cm and draw a horizontal line. From that line, mark down 1cm and draw another horizontal line.
2. Next, line up your ruler on the first line your drew. From the left hand side of your paper, place the edge of the paper on 21cm. You will then make tally marks every 3cm (18cm, 15cm, 12cm, 9cm, 6cm, 3cm, 0cm). This marks out the spacing of your days of the week. Move down to the bottom of the page and repeat the same tally marks. Next, place your ruler and connect the tally marks, making sure you do not go past the top horizontal line that your created, except the line at the 0cm tally mark (see below). Write the days of the week in blocks and label your chore chart.
3. Turn your paper vertical, with the days of the week turned to the left. Place your ruler on the line closest to the bottom of the page. Line up your ruler at the 0cm make with the line below the days of the week and make tally marks every 3cm (3cm, 6cm, 9cm, 12cm, 15cm). Move you rule to the top of the page and repeat the same tally marks. Next, place your ruler and connect the tally marks the entire length of the paper. Fill in your child’s chores to the left of your chart.
4. Place your completed chore chart in the document frame. Next, take your round magnets and hot glue them to the four corners on the back of the frame. Take a dry erase marker and place hot glue about 1cm below the cap. You will need to turn the marker and make a complete circle to attach your yarn to. Then take a 12in piece of yarn and carefully wrap the yarn around the marker, covering the glue. Be careful with this step because you can burn yourself and third degree burns are not worth any craft project! Finally, place a dab of hot glue to the back of the frame and attach the other end of the yarn, attaching your dry erase marker to your chore chart.
5. Now, hang completed chore charts on the fridge and get ready for some fun cleaning times.
My kids have really done well with this system. They enjoy marking off each chore they complete, and really enjoy the allowance at the end of the week. I like the fact that I don’t have to fuss at my kids to pick up after themselves. You do have to make rules when setting up this type of chart system. We have it stipulated that if you do not complete a chore, you don’t receive as much allowance. Our youngest was the first to challenge this rule, and he was really annoyed when his big brother got more money than he did one week. Needless to say, there have been very few chores not completed since that lesson. I hope you enjoy creating this chore chart for your little ones and that it helps your busy life flow just a little more smoothly.