Are you looking for a way to streamline the chores and routine process for your kids without constant nagging from you? Now you can make chores easy with a picture chore chart. It is perfect for non-readers, visual learners, and kiddos who are just lazy and don’t want to read each task.
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I’ve had a ton of chore charts over the years. My oldest has always been really good about following them so I assumed the same method would work for my youngest kiddos. For many years I kept trying the same thing hoping for different results. Then I’d get frustrated at constantly having to remind and nag them about completing their chores and routines.
All it led to was a houseful of frustrated people and nothing getting done. Then one day it hit me how ridiculous I was being. I expected a one-size-fits-all learning and responsibility style of all of my kids. These picture chore charts change it up and make it simple for even my 5 year old to know exactly what is expected of him.
Every morning, they go through their routine and move the chores/activities over as they complete them. During the school year, they check them again after school and once again after dinner. During the summer, I structure the checks around meals because it’s the easiest to remember. Before bed each night, reset the chore charts so that they are ready the next morning.
Picture Chore Chart Materials
First, print out your chore chart. Get it free when you sign up right here:
Next, place your chore chart into a lamination folder and feed it into your laminator.
Set your laminated chore chart aside and pull out the chore squares.
Cut all of the chore squares apart, including the blank ones. You can laminate these blank to update with a dry erase as needed, or your can personalize them with pictures of your own for any chores and activities not included in the picture chore squares.
After all of your squares are cut out, open up a lamination folder and carefully align them on the sheet. Be sure to include space between each one so that they remain sealed when you cut them out later.
Again, feed the sheet through your laminator but do so very carefully. Until they are laminated, the squares can shift inside the folder.
Next, cut out your laminated chore squares with a paper cutter or scissors. If your rows are not very straight, I recommend using scissors so that you don’t accidentally slice through one that isn’t in line with the others.
After all of your laminated chore squares are cut apart, pull out your package of adhesive hook and loop fastener dots.
Place one loop dot (the soft ones) on the back of each laminated chore square that you are adding to your chore chart.
Then attach the hook dots to 10 of the soft ones carefully so that they are stacked with the sticky side facing out.
Place the chore squares on the “To-Do” side of the laminated chore chart lined up so that you have to columns of 5. Carefully pull off the chore squares so that the hook dots stay attached to the chore chart. Press firmly back over the hook dots to further secure them to the chart.
Repeat steps 10 and 11 on the “Done” side of the chore chart.
Keep seasonal chores/activities such as sports or practicing an instrument in a resealable bag taped to the bottom of the clipboard.
Set your chore chart and chore squares to the side and pull out your clipboard and washi tape.
Remove any packaging from your clipboard and use the washi tape to create a design on the clipboard. I went with colorful stripes for my daughter’s clipboard but used comic book patterned duct tape on my son’s clipboard. Kids are more responsive to a new system when you customize it to their tastes.
Lastly, clip your chore chart on the clipboard and attach the chore squares to the “To-Do” side. Write your child’s name with a dry erase marker on the top of the chore chart.
How to Hang Your Chore Chart
Most clipboards lend themselves to being hung on hooks, nails, or push pins easily. If you have these already available, simply use them. If you worry about kiddos taking the chore charts off of the wall then I recommend using Command picture strips to hang them on the wall. This still gives kids access to the chore charts without fear that they’ll run off and lose them.
If you’ve been struggling to get your kiddos to complete their chores and routines each day without frustration, then give these a try. You can make chores easy with a picture chore chart that can be customized by child and also by season. Don’t forget to incorporate resetting them each evening into your bedtime routine. Click here to get access to the free printable chore charts and chore squares. There are 2 colors sets available: pink and purple or orange and blue. Don’t worry, you’ll get both so you can make charts for all of your kiddos.
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