The school year is quickly coming to a close. As kids are filled with excitement and anticipation, mom’s everywhere are anxiously wondering how in the world are we going to make it through? I’m certain we will need to keep some kind of structure in our homes and chore charts are one way we can accomplish this. Rather than just a traditional allowance why not have them earn media minutes too? I love the idea of kids saving up their media time and being rewarded for working and contributing to the family. Not only is this a way to monitor the time they’re spending in zombie mode, it also encourages kids to be creative, get outside and use their imaginations.
Age Appropriate Chores
For each family the chores will vary depending on your kiddos’ ages and stages. In our home since both of my children are now reading, they will have daily quiet reading time in their rooms. If your children are too young to read maybe you will read to them or have them look at picture books quietly on their beds. Younger children can pick up their toys or help match socks while older ones will be able to clean their rooms more thoroughly and put their laundry away. While the jobs may vary, the idea is the same: allowing kids to take responsibility as members of the family builds their confidence and gives them a sense of pride in their helping hands. I remember the first time I had my son clean his bathroom he got so excited when he was finished he wanted to clean all three of our bathrooms! My inner control freak was screaming to redo everything but I quickly let go of that and allowed him to clean those toilets to his hearts’ content.
Finding the Right Fit
There are lots of different printable templates online for chore charts that you can customize as well as ideas for age appropriate chores. I created these “clipboard style” ones for my kids. I will write (laminate a blank list!) or type out their jobs for the day and clip them on. I like the versatility of changing the jobs daily depending on what needs to be done and what our day looks like. For the rewards, I plan to use these reward cards and tuck them inside the envelope for them to choose from. Screen time, ice cream dates, a new book, movie rental, and allowance just to name a few. Taking all things “clip-able” to the next step, we’ve also included a free printable “Chores for Cash” option for those tasks that go above and beyond. Simply fill out the information pertaining to that chore, determine an appropriate amount for the task, and post the available “jobs for pay” for the day/week. (Keep on scrolling for a step-by-step guide to making your own customizable clipboard chore chart)!
Customizable Clipboard Chore Chart:
- Scrapbook paper (2 coordinating sheets)
- Mod podge & foam brush
- Scrabble letters
- Glue gun
- Buttons, flowers or embellishments of your choice
- Envelope for allowance or rewards
- With your clipboard, trace around a sheet of scrapbook paper cutting out a spot where the clip will be.
- Mod podge the paper onto the clipboard and smooth out.
- Use another sheet of paper to trace around the bottom of the clipboard and cut it out.
- Mod podge second sheet onto bottom of clipboard.
- Cover the entire front surface with mod podge and allow to dry.
- Embellish with buttons, flowers or whatever your heart desires
- Hot glue the scrabble letters on to customize with your child’s name.
There you have it! A fun and simple way for your kids to check off their chores each day and earn some rewards along the way.
Make sure and check out some of the free printable chore charts we found!
I love these age appropriate chore suggestions