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- "Very Cute Chart but Heavy and Some Negatively Worded Magnets" - By Gina MarieWe received this chore chart a few days ago and my 3 year old is already obsessed. She's scrambling in the morning to make her bed as fast as she can so that she can earn her first magnate smiley face for the day. You have to love a preschooler excited to help out.
Pros: The chart is very cute and the white board features is nice (though you'd need a way to store the magnates to use it). The magnates are well designed. They stay well without being too hard for little fingers to move.
Cons: It's heavy!! I probably should have realized that ahead of time but there is no way this chart will hang on our fridge. It's going to need a nail in the wall or to hang on the closet handle. I also wish it had more "choose your own" ... full review
- "This chart was exactly what my 7 year old needed ..." - By Jennifer Hansen (New Mexico)This chart was exactly what my 7 year old needed to remind her of what she needs to get done throughout the day. It's especially helpful with her back in school too. We made the top half of the list stuff she needed to do before school and the bottom half of the list things she needed to get done before bedtime. She loves to fill up her chart with the magnets and get her allowance at the end of the week based on how much she completed. I will be ordering another one of these from my 4 year old as she loves watching her sister get to do hers and wants to join in.
- "Improved behavior" - By s perkins (Sarasota, FL)This chart worked great at helping my kids (ages 6 & 9) be self motivated in doing their homework, getting ready for bed and school, using table manners, picking up, etc. We took a lot of time and as a family came up with the list that would earn them stars. Then we gave them a few rewards to pick from each week, like picking dinner, choosing dessert, extra technology time, etc. We also came up with a list of behaviors that would result in loss of stars. We agreed in advance that the chart could not be used as a bartering device or it would go away. It was a great experience during the school year. We are now looking into how we can use it during the summer break.
- "so far this one is the best. This chart worked great at helping my kids ..." - By ytI have bought several different types of charts over the years (like putting stickers onto little 5" x 5" paper charts etc.), so far this one is the best.
This chart worked great at helping my kids be self motivated in doing their homework, getting ready for bed and school, using table manners, picking up, etc.
The dry-erase marker is perfect as I could write their name in the designated box, and or select a chore.
I love that its magnetic and i could hang it on the fridge!
- My 52 year-old daughter Theresa is developmentally and physically disabled. She lives in a nursing facility where the staff found it difficult to enforce healthy habits. They wanted to treat her as an adult but Theresa can be stubborn. Just like pre-teens don't like being forced to do chores, Theresa did not react well to being "told" she should brush her teeth and walk to meals rather than use her wheelchair. I don't have to resort to negative pressure when Theresa becomes stubborn. This chart is the only one I've seen not "babyish" in design. I created a custom board using my computer & printer. Theresa & the nurses now have a non-combative way to encourage good habits & I can treat her as an adult by rewarding her with her favorite things! Designed for positive reinforcement, this chart is exactly as described. This is one excellent quality product!!
- "Good board for basic chore keeping" - By klynn0218The board is made with good quality and the look is very appealing. Has plenty of space for writing, though I used it only for 1 kid, i still think the space is adequate. The only bad things I have to say about it are the star stamp on the end of the dry erase marker is pretty useless. It makes marks, not stars. I ended up going to buy my own star magnets to use for showing completion of a chore. Also, the magnets that are included in the packaging to hang the board on a fridge, as I tried to do, do not hold up the board. I hang it and it just slides down, so had to make my own way of keeping up. Other than that, I would recommend it. Accomplishes what I needed to accomplish, especially for the price!
Free Printable Weekly Chore Charts
Kids are chaos. Dirty clothes on the floor, toys left all around, messy bedrooms... The list goes on. It's important for your kids to learn the age-appropriate chores that should be their responsibility. In this list, you'll find everything from sample, printable chore charts for kids up to 18 to full family chore lists with suggestions. Use these resources as a guideline for developing your family's weekly chore chart.
01Chore Chart Ideas for Kids 2-7
Here is a sample blank chore chart for kids. You can use this chart as a guideline and complete it with the chores that are right for your kids' ages and maturity levels. The chart focuses attention and accountability.
For the really young ones, you can consider a chore chart that uses pictures instead of words like this picture perfect chore chart.
Here are some suggestions for age-appropriate chores (with your supervision):
Ages 2 and 3
- Help straighten their beds
- Pick up toys and put them back in their storage place
- Put dirty laundry in the laundry basket
- Fill the pet's water bowl
- Help clean up spills and dirt
Ages 4 and 5
- Get dressed (with a little help)
- Make their bed (with a little help)
- Help bring in bags from the car
- Pick up their toys
- Wash hands
- Brush teeth
- Set the table with supervision
- Clear the table with supervision
- Help with food preparation
- Help carry in the lighter groceries
- Sort the laundry (whites vs. colors)
- Match socks (washed)
- Be responsible for a pet's food and water bowl
- Straighten towels
Ages 6 and 7
- Make their bed every day
- Brush teeth
- Comb hair
- Choose the day's outfit and get dressed
- Be responsible for a pet's food, water and exercise
- Vacuum individual rooms
- Fold laundry with supervision
- Put their laundry in their drawers and closets
- Put away dishes from the dishwasher
- Help prepare food with supervision
02Chore Chart Ideas for Kids 8-18
It seems that up to age 11 the chore chart is a boon and then it becomes a bane. Nevertheless, everyone in the family must pull their weight. Consider using a blank chore chart to fill in with age-appropriate weekly chores. For the older kids, responsibilities may begin to expand outside of the home to jobs where they are expected to earn some spending money.
Ages 8 to 11
- Personal hygiene (showering, teeth, etc.)
- Keep bedroom neat and clean
- Be responsible for homework
- Be responsible for belongings
- Wake up using an alarm clock
- Wash dishes
- Help wash the family car
- Help plan and prepare a few easy meals
- Clean the bathroom with supervision
- Rake leaves
- Learn to use the washer and dryer
- Put all laundry away with supervision
- Take the trash can to the curb for pick up
Ages 12 and 13
- Take care of personal hygiene, belongings and homework
- Set their alarm clock
- Maintain personal items, such as recharging batteries
- Change bed sheets
- Keep their rooms tidy
- Change light bulbs
- Change the vacuum bag
- Dust, vacuum, clean bathrooms and do dishes
- Clean mirrors
- Mow the lawn with supervision
- Babysit (in most states)
- Prepare an occasional family meal
Ages 14 and 15
- Responsible for all personal chores for ages 12 and 13
- Responsible for library card and books
- Do assigned housework without prompting
- Do yard work as needed
- Prepare food — from making a grocery list and buying the items (with supervision) to serving a meal — occasionally
- Wash windows with supervision
Ages 16 to 18
- Responsible for all personal chores for ages 14 and 15
- Responsible for earning spending money and to develop their own budget
- Responsible for purchasing their own clothes
- Responsible for maintaining any car they drive (e.g., gas, oil changes, tire pressure, etc.)
- Do housework as needed
- Do yard work as needed
- Prepare family meals — from grocery list to serving it — as needed
- Deep cleaning of household appliances, such as defrosting the freezer, as needed
03Family Chore List
It may be more advantageous for you to prepare and publish a family chore list where every member of the family has their daily or weekly responsibilities in one place. Here's an example of a great family chore chart that you can print and use.