We made chore cards. I listed the chore, and they decorated the front. On the back we described the chore (so doing the dishes didn't mean wash the cups and you're done). We included feeding and watering animals, making dessert, vacuum, taking out garbage, etc. We also had a free card. We then laminated them.
This way the kids understood what each chore was, and there were some fun stuff too. We made enough cards so each child had three chores. When the chore was done, they returned it to a container and then we knew the chore was done. You can then reward them for doing chores and not having to remind them. It was fun everyday to gather around and pass them out like a deck of cards.
To make your evening less hectic with the kids, try making out a list of things they need to do. At supper, make out the to do list. Make one for each child. Instead of getting each of them to remember verbal instructions, this helps our evening go smoother.
As they get each one done, they check it off. At the end of the list, we do a quick inspection on how they did. Lavish them with praise for a job well done. It gives them a little more independence and the feeling of being nagged by one more thing to do is not an issue.
Don't forget to put a fun item at the end to make the list easier to get through!
When making a chore chart for children, at the end I have printed in large flashy letters BONUS! If all regular chores are finished, they are allowed to ask for bonus chore if they wish. No one knows what it is or what the prize will be (except me). If they ask for the bonus chore they get it, and when completed receive a reward; sometimes a dollar or sometimes a candy bar. Whatever you can use your imagination but it gets some of the "why me" chores done in a pleasant way. And I don't tell them what the reward is until the job is done either. It's more fun that way.
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Here are questions related to Making a Chore Chart for Children.
I do not have children but my friend used http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/chore_list.htm as a guide. Another friend had an idea that after a chore was done, it was written on an index card and put in an envelope and at the end of the week or month would show/count all of the chores completed and then reward the children.
Does anyone know of free clipart that I can get online, for chores and daily duties? I'm trying to put together a chore/activity chart for my kids (we're all tired of me having to remind and nag all the time!). I need pictures for things like teeth brushing, putting toys away, homework, doing dishes, hanging up clothes, etc.