Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our Lovely Little Chore Chart... Free Template!

If only there was an easy, no hassle way of getting my children to pick up after themselves! This is how I felt a few months ago, but ever since I implemented a reward system, my children have been much more cooperative. They're actually pretty excited to clean up because they know they'll be rewarded with "Happy Mommy Tickets" in which they can redeem for various prizes such as snacks, tv/movie/computer time and even money.

I started out gathering free clipart and putting it into the computer and designing the chore cards.

I laminated the cards and punched holes near the top. Then I organized the chores into the time of day the chores should be done and when the kids completed a chore, or activity, they would hang the chore card on the bottom hook in the "Done" row.

This version of the chore chart can be downloaded for free in a few days!

I wasn't too happy with this version as the kids would often perform the tasks in a different order. I wanted the chores to be within sight and have them check them off with a dry erase marker.
The latest version of the chart is laid out in a basic chart format. The photos are visible and the kids can check off what they have completed using a dry or wet erase marker.
I have three children that can use the chart, so they each have a different colored marker and they mark off in the same box as their sibling. So you might have a few different colors next to "brush your teeth". I prefer the wet erase markers as dry erase can easily come off when another child is marking a spot on the chart. Just lightly mist with water at the end of the chart week and wipe off.

The chart is filled in by
two of my kids up to Tuesday.

For every 4 completed tasks,
they're rewarded with a
"Happy Mommy Ticket".

You can decide how many completed
tasks are needed for a ticket.

I created a custom layout to fit a long frame I had. The templates I created for you should fit a standard 8 x 10 frame. This will print on a standard 8.5" x 11 sheet of paper that you will need to trim down to 8" x 10".

You will need three frames for morning, afternoon and evening chores/tasks. Or you can laminiate each sheet and simply tape it to the wall or stick it on the refrigerator.
We're a homeschooling family, so our afternoon chart is filled with a lot of school related tasks.
Skip the afternoon chart and just use the Morning and Evening chart if you feel the afternoon chart does not apply to your family.

Feel free to email me with any suggestions.

Toddler chart coming soon!

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