A chore chart for kids helps teach children responsibility, life skills and independence. We all need reminders and a chore chart is a form of a to do list. This free 4-page printable includes a list of chores with images, a blank list for you to fill in and 2 pages of reinforcement rewards.
I’m the mother of three, a parent educator and a professional organizer. I can tell you that chore charts really do work well for children.
How do you make a child’s chore chart?
- Determine age-appropriate chores for your child’s age and stage of development.
- Think about what chores would be helpful to you and what life skills your child needs to learn in deciding which chores to choose for your child.
- Determine what is a reasonable number of chores to schedule for your child.
- Discuss the chores and expectations for completing the chores with your child.
- Create your chore chart. Consider involving your child in creating the chart.
- Determine appropriate rewards for your child. Consider their age and interests. You don’t have to spend money on the rewards.
- Stay up later on a weekend night
- Pick what’s for dinner
- Play a family game
- Extra time at the playground
- Mom or Dad time
- The free printable chore chart for kids below is a great way to quickly create a chore chart and reward system.
What makes chore charts for kids great?
- It’s a visual reminder, which can be helpful for children to remember a series of tasks.
- It’s a benign form of contract between parent and child. You should go over the chore chart together so that everyone understands what is expected.
- It provides the reward of checking completed tasks off the list.
- It reduces the need for nagging and scolding.
- It reduces the “Oh, I forgot”, “I think I did that” and negotiating.
- With a chore chart for kids printable, you can quickly print a new chart out each time you need it.
- It teaches children the benefits of using a to do list so that they incorporate this powerful tool in other areas of their life.
- The physical chore chart helps young children remember to do chores because it provides a reminder that they touch and carry with them as they complete chores.
Chore Chart for Kids
Combining a chore cart with a reward system makes it even more effective, particularly when first beginning to use a chore chart.
How to Make a Chore Chart for Kids
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