I had a specific request from a reader to do a chore chart post.
This is a tough one. I feel like every household is different and has different expectations for their kids and different routines. Then there are age groups to consider, with age-appropriate chores. If your kids can’t read yet, you’ll want a graphics-based system. Some people prefer a daily chart that they laminate or stick in a sheet protector that their children can check things off with a dry erase marker and then start fresh the next day. Others prefer a chart that will last a few weeks, with tiny little boxes for their kids to check off each day.
The different chore charts I have used over the years have changed as my kids have changed.
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THIS Printable Chore Chart
The printables I made for this post are what work for my family now. They would not have been what I would have chosen 5 years ago. So it’s all about where your family is right now.
For this chart, I decided to make it a daily chart that they’ll use a dry erase marker to cross off or check off each task as they go. I didn’t like the look of boxes next to each item, so I didn’t put a box for them to put their checkmark in. It’s just how the printable evolved as I made it.
I decided to put “Mom’s Choice” for the last task. This is because while I love being organized and having a different household chore every day, I have learned that my life just doesn’t turn out how I plan. If my bathroom is driving me crazy on Tuesday, I’m gonna clean it on Tuesday, and I don’t want to have to wait until Thursday for my kid to do it because that’s what their chore chart says. So this gives me the flexibility of choosing an individualized task for each kid to do each day. For instance, today I had Cody peel potatoes. I certainly don’t need that every Wednesday. But today it was what I needed help with.
The Glorified Brilliant Best-Ever Sheet Protectors
To be able to use this day after day, you either need to laminate it or put it in a sheet protector, so your child can wipe the checkmarks off. I love THESE Write and Wipe Pockets, found on Amazon for so many reasons!
- They erase well
- They are over-sized, so a normal-sized paper fits easily inside
- They are sturdy
- They have a loop at the top for a dry erase marker
- They come in a 5-pack with 5 different colors
- If you are doing a tracing activity, you can stick another sheet of paper in there and use it for that (I have a name tracing worksheet facing outward on the back side so my youngest can practice tracing his name on the back of his checklist every day)
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Other Options for Chore Charts…
Below is a picture of what our chore charts looked like a couple summers ago. Our lives were much calmer then; now we are on year-round school, every one of my kids is in a summer sport, and my 12-year-old daughter is running a Kid Kamp in my backyard 4 days a week. So while this worked for us a couple years ago, I knew it wasn’t what we needed right now. But this is just to give you an idea of another way to organize things and get your kids doing a variety of different things throughout the summer. It’s not nearly as cute, because I hadn’t yet discovered the printable ways. So I just made this in Microsoft Word in about 15 minutes.