My kids have entered “chore territory.” They can follow directions (most of the time) and are eager for rewards like quarters, high fives and hugs. So chore time has begun in our home! I struggled with making it fun and also making it productive. There has to be a balance, and over these last few months I have found some ways to achieve this.
For one: get a great chore chart (a tangible, tactile chore chart that your kids can personally interact with). Two: Give your kids the power to make choices. Three: Make it fun!
*Featured images from More than a Memory
Chore Chart Top Pick
I stumbled upon this chore chart from More Than A Memory AK and fell in love. What better way to spice up chores than to let your kids pick them out themselves? Giving them the power to choose and track their progress is a huge confidence booster and relieves your role as the delegator.
This chore chart centers around one large magnetic chore board and individual, personalized magnetic boards for each child. Each chore is broken down and listed on a magnet. You can choose to have a monetary value attached to it or not. Once a child performs that chore, they move that magnet onto their personalized board to track progress. This gives kids a clear understanding of what needs to be done and recognizes when they have done it. This chore chart is genius!
Other great chore charts
1. Melissa and Doug Responsibility Chart: They are a great company and never cease to amaze me. Great quality chore chart and very interactive for little kids. I love the pictures, which help for those not able to read yet.
2. Fridge Chore Chart: Save wall space— have the chart right on your fridge. This chart would be better for kids 5 and up since there are no pictures and your child will have to be able to read the words.
3. My Responsibility Reward Chart: It’s made of cloth and has velco stars that your little ones can enjoy putting on. (Totally brings back my YMCA preschool days of 1987). It also comes with extra chore tags so you can customize yourself as your kids grow.
Alternative ideas to a chore chart
1. Write chores on small pieces of paper and fold them up into a jar. Let your kids pick from the jar and see which chore they randomly get. It adds some excitement and surprise into the mix.
2. Turn on music! Designate a certain time and day of the week for chores and play loud fun music. Dance, sing and clean all together.
3. Time it! Bring out your child’s competitive side and see if they can complete their chores before the timer goes off. According to Empowering Parents, this makes it more exciting and stimulating for the child. And while your child won’t lose anything if he or she doesn’t get it done, you can reward them with something if they do. That kind of reward system is always preferable to one in which the kid loses something, because it’s more motivational and less punitive. You’re giving your child an incentive to do better.
Preschool Appropriate Chores
Here are some more chores based on ages:
2-3 year olds:
Pick up toys and books
Take laundry to the laundry room
Help feed pets
Help wipe up messes
Dust with socks on their hands
Pile books and magazines
4-5 year olds:
Clear and set the table
Take out trash
Bring in mail or newspaper
Help cook and prepare food
Carry and put away groceries
6-8 year olds:
Take care of pets
Vacuum and mop
Help make and pack lunch
Fold and put away laundry
9 years and older:
Help wash the car
Learn to wash dishes
Help prepare simple meals
Clean the bathroom
Operate the washer and dryer
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