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
You’ll find the free printable Chore Chart farther down in the article below the double yellow lines.
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
You can use regular printer paper or thicker card stock paper so it holds up better. You can also laminate the chore chart so that it’s reusable.
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You can print this chore chart as many times as you’d like for your personal use. All printables are copyrighted.
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