Since the kids were old enough, we’ve been giving them little tasks and chores to do. They pick up their plates and cups from the table and put them beside the sink. They make their bed (kind of.) The kids help put away their socks and underwear when the laundry is clean and folded. And we all work together to put the toys away.
I’ve been wanting to make chores more structured so that the kids are more responsible for what they have to do and I thought a chore chart would work well. I don’t do a lot of DIY’s but this one was so simple, with only a few supplies. I was able to do it really quickly and it worked out really well. This is the perfect, simple chore chart to get your kids started in helping around the house.
DIY Chore Chart
– White Canvas
– Black Chalkboard Paint
– Foam Paint Brush
1. Lie a sheet or mat on flat surface where you can paint. Put your canvas down. Pour a a few lines of paint on the canvas at a time and paint up and down in smooth strokes.
2. Let it dry for an hour and then start your second coat. Paint this one horizontally. Let it dry overnight.
3. Then in the morning, you can get out the chalk and start writing down chores.
This will be the kids chore charts, so you can get them involved in making it by letting them help you paint or making some doodles with chalk on the board. When you hang the board, make sure it’s at the kid’s level so when they do each chore, they can mark it off themselves.
For my three-year old, I only put four chores and drew pictures as to what the chores were so she could understand and mark them off herself. (Please overlook my poor excuse for drawing!)
With my five-year olds chart, I put more because I know he is able to do all of those things and I want to get him to be responsible for what he does.
If you are wondering what types of chores are best for different ages I found a good reference guide here: here.
When and how did your children start doing chores? Do you use a Chore Chart?