I am the type of Mom who believes that it is my absolute responsibility to teach my kids how to be independent. I heard a few months ago that a Mom’s job is to work her way out of a job, and if you do, that’s how you know you’ve done it right.
That’s why I made these free printable kids chore chart cards.
To teach my kids the skills they need to make it on their own is vital. So many kids these days have no idea what it truly means to work hard and sit back and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. Teaching my kids all of these small tedious details is super important to me as a Mom.
Do you want to download the free printable kids’ chore CHARTS? Check out my Kids Chore Chart Post. Scroll down to download the Free Chore Chart CARDS.
You can also see how we teach our kids about money in this post: 11 Reasons to Get the Greenlight Debit Card for Kids
While we don’t live on a farm like my dad did growing up, I can still make an effort to teach my kids how to work around the house. And you can too! This simple chore system can teach our kids how to be hard workers and to learn important life skills.
Why are chore charts important?
Chore charts are a great idea to help teach responsibility to your children. Parenting is tricky, but one of the main tasks of being a parent is teaching your children how to be good adults someday.
While chore charts might not seem like the best way to become a #1 mom, it is actually a great way for them to learn how to organize and stay on top of necessary tasks.
Another reason why chores and chore charts are important is because your children are a part of the family, which means they should help out. I don’t mean that they shouldn’t get to enjoy being a child, and parenting does mean that you’re in charge of what happens around the house, but age-appropriate chores will help your children learn about time management and responsibility.
What I Do with My Chore Chart
I made a printable chore chart for each of my children (you can download that printable chore chart in my Free Kids Chore Charts post) and knew that I wanted to put that chart somewhere in the house where we could all see it.
I decided to make a board with the printable chore charts, as well as my chore cards.
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New Chore Board
I mentioned in my previous post with the Free Kids Chore Charts, that I don’t give my kids an allowance (gasp!). They have daily and weekly chores that they do just because they are a part of our family.
But I do want them to learn how to manage money from a young age. So my husband and I decided that we would create a system that allows my kids to earn extra money in exchange for extra chores! We wanted everything to be in one place and at-a-glance.
We made an easy magnetic bulletin board where everything could be in one place. I wanted to create a hub for our lists of household chores so we weren’t running all around looking for chore charts and chore cards. You shouldn’t have to search for your chore charts, so this helps to streamline the process and doesn’t waste time.
I purchased a 24″ x 36″ galvanized sheet metal piece from Home Depot and put it inside a 24″ x 36″ frame that I purchased at Michael’s! It fit perfectly and I have never done an easier DIY project! In fact, I wouldn’t really even consider it a DIY. It was that easy!
Next, we placed all of the kids’ (laminated) chore charts and chore cards on the board. I would strongly recommend laminating the paper. In fact, I also recommend printing them onto cardstock instead of printer paper if possible. They will last that much longer!
Then, I added their “Chore Cards” to the board.
What are chore cards?
Because I wanted to give my children a way to earn money, I created these chore cards. These cards are the extra chores that my kids can do to earn money. (If you have little ones, you might be able to trade chores for stickers, but when they get older, your children will probably need bigger rewards.)
Doing chores around the house is super helpful, but giving money in return for work around the house will help them later in life as they learn to work hard with the “reward” of money well earned.
Having pre-made cards with a list of chores your child can do to earn that cold, hard cash they are after can be hard. Sometimes it’s difficult to think of chores off the top of your head! So having pre-written chore cards will help solve your biggest challenge. (You’ll find the printable chore cards at the end of this post!)
Since I have my chore cards all printed out, I just had to add them to the board in my “chore hub,” so I used magnetic clips that I got from Dollar Tree.
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Supplies Needed for the Chore Cards and Chore Chart Board
Luckily, I already had most of the supplies on hand but I have linked the products below if you want to make it yourself.
- 24″ x 36″ Frame
- 24″ x 36 ” Galvanized Sheet Metal
- Clear Plastic Jars
- Chore Cards (download them below)
- Magnets to hold jars onto the board
- Magnetic clips to hold ‘Chore Cards’
- Thermal Laminator
- Laminating Sheets
Instead of paying them in money every single time a child completes a chore, we decided to use a ticket system. Because our kids are young, we can get away with cheap labor (for now). So each ticket is worth 10 cents. Depending on the level of difficulty of the chore, it may be worth a lot of tickets!
When they complete the chore (and it has passed my inspection) we give them a ticket with their name on it and they get to put it in their “ticket jar”. At the end of the month, they trade in their tickets and we pay them in actual money.
If you have a hard time remembering to pay them their tickets, you could create a specific time of day or a particular day of the week. Put a reminder in your phone if you need to. (I have noticed that my kids are less than enthusiastic about doing extra chores because sometimes I forget to pay them.)
My kids are SUPER excited about the chance to earn money. I am excited to teach them how to actually save up their money for something bigger than something from the Dollar Store!
We even decided to help them set a goal of something larger that they wanted to purchase to incentivize them to work harder for a larger goal. This helps teach responsibility with money, how to save, and how to spend wisely.
Free Printable Chore Cards
Because it can be hard to create a chore chart or chore cards yourself, I’m giving you access to a free printable download for chore cards. Get your free chore card download link above!
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You can download and use these printable cards and other blank chore cards to help create a system for your own children. (And because everyone loves a free printable, you can check out one of my other free printables here with a great chore chart for your family!)
I hope this was helpful and that you can use some of these ideas with your own family!