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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.
By Honna from New London, WI
This is a good idea. My 9 year old Grandson is coming for a 2 week visit. I plan on several fun activities while he's here but I think he needs to help a little with chores. He always asks for toys and I think he should help Grandma in return.
This is a guide about clip art for chore and duty charts. Before children can read well, you can help them learn to complete daily tasks with pictures on a chart.
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.
By Beth from Ft. Blackmore, VA
You gotta be sharp to raise kids these days! My parents just said "DO IT!!" and we did.
I have three children who share a common bathroom. They used to argue over who showered first. We had an old dry erase calendar that wasn't being utilized so made a chart giving each child a number oldest to youngest.
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.
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I would like help on making a chore list for after school and the weekends. It will be for a boy 9 and girl 8. Please help.
I've seen some really cool ones online. You can buy a magnet board and label some magnets with the chores on them. and one side for her and one side for him. And they can move the magnets when they are done with the chore. Or by using the magnets, they can "choose" what chores they want to do, and slide the magnet towards there side.
I do not have children but my friend used http://www.free m/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.