ETA: List of chores as per request. :)
- pack your lunch kit and backpack
- get breakfast
- make your bed
- get dressed
- help fold laundry
- load dishwasher
- help clean bathroom
- wipe down bathroom
- put away your toys
- clean living room
- tidy shoes
- put away backpack, jacket and shoes
- mop kitchen floor
- dust living room
- put away laundry
- do homework
- unload dishwasher
- clean bedroom
- set table
- clear table
- sweep kitchen floor
I tried to add chores that I knew they weren’t old enough to do yet, but needed to learn how to do eventually, like help clean bathroom. Come watch me, learn how to wipe down a sink, toilet etc. and then eventually I can make a new tag that says clean bathroom sucker. ;)
For whatever reason, I decided to take some comments made about my blog personally, and to punish the world, I stopped posting. Now really, in the grand scheme of things, people who use words to hurt don’t matter, so I decided to pull up my big girl panties and move on. Plus, I kinda need my blog friends for something really cool.
I need your votes in a contest my friend entered me into. Now don’t you feel loved. ♥
The contest is a search for the Most Creative Mom, and well the prize is a $1000 shopping spree at Michael’s. Which I want, bad.
Okay, so to pay you back for your daily, diligent voting. (which you will do, pretty please) I’ve decided to fill my blog this week with projects galore. If I have to prove to you that I’m the most creative mom alive, then I will die trying.
So here’s the link. VOTE FOR AMY!! You can vote once a day.
Onto the good stuff. So as you know, a year or so ago I introduced the token system on my blog that we started using as our chore/reward system. And it worked, wonderfully, but after awhile, the system just seemed too complicated (for the kids) and took too much of my time (which is precious with 4 kids running around) So I needed to come up with something else that would work for all ages and something I could change and adapt as our kids got older and more responsible.
So I came up with this new chore chart for our kids.
I started by buying 3 frames from Wal-Mart. I chose ones that had a plexi glass insert instead of real glass, just in case they got knocked off the wall or something.
I used the 3M removable adhesive hooks and put six evenly spaced apart onto the plexi glass of the frame.
Next I made the chore chart tags.
Mine are 3x3 inch squares cut out of various patterned scrapbook papers. I printed a list of our chores, cut them into squares and glued them to the front of each tag. I cut a hole in the top and laminated them all. I think I have about 50 tags total. (Some duplicates for each child)
And really that’s all there is to the preparation of the chart.
We’ve broken our down into 2 sets, morning and afternoon chores.
The morning chores are things they have to do before they leave for school. They get the same 4 chores every day (except Saturday and Sunday)
I hang the chores onto the hooks from the punched holes on the cards.
Once they’ve completed the chore for the day they can flip the tag around so that I know they’ve done it and visually they can see what they have left to work on.
When they are in school for the day, I take off the morning chores and replace them with their afternoon ones. The chores are a little different everyday, depending on what I’ve worked on during the day. If I cleaned bathrooms that day, I won’t assign that task, or if there is laundry to be put away etc.
The great thing about it to, is that it’s totally customizable. For Lily, she doesn’t have homework, so it’s a tag she won’t get assigned, but the big kids always get that chore.
I decided to hang them on our kitchen wall, that way I can see what’s been done for the day and it’s easier for me to change the tags daily. Eventually I would like to cut some vinyl names to go above, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.
These were about as easy and cheap to make as you could imagine. All the paper was from my scrapbooking stash, and the hooks and frames were a minor expense. I’ll tell you how we decided to reward them in a later post, it’s a really fun idea, but eventually we would like to do bank accounts with allowance, spending money, tithing and college savings.
And that’s it. Cool huh.
So a small reminder, to VOTE FOR AMY!! It’s so easy to do, and tomorrow I will reward YOU with another creative idea. So check back soon, and vote, vote, vote!
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