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Chore Charts for Kids From Ages 4 - 12

I live in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania with my amazing and awesome three children!

Household chores can teach children valuable lessons: responsibility, the value of a dollar, and what it means to be a team player. By instilling these values in your child at a young age, you are helping them to succeed later on in life.

Steps to Creating a Chore Chart

Before you begin creating your chore charts you must take a look at a few things.

  1. The age of the child/children being assigned chores.
  2. What chores you need to have done around the home.
  3. Whether or not you wish to offer a reward system for completing chores.

Once you decided on the best options for your family you can begin creating your charts.

Materials Needed

  • Poster Board
  • Markers
  • Ruler
  • Tokens or other awards
  • Containers designated for each child

Creating Your Child's Chore Chart

In our home we Incorporated the use of chore charts. Each child is given their own designated list of chores that is displayed in their bedrooms.

  1. I cut the poster board into sections, one for each child. I added their name to the top along with an explanation of the reward system. That way everything is out in the open and no one is in the dark in regards to their rewards.
  2. I drew lines to create a chart on the poster board. The first column was for the name of the chore assigned. The next seven columns were for each day of the week.
  3. I placed X's in the appropriate boxes that signifies which day the specific chore needed to be completed. We have some chores that are done on a daily basis and others that are done one to two times per week. I used two different color markers for the X's to show what reward they would receive when the chores were completed.
  4. Once all of the charts were completed we sat down with our children to explain what was expected of them and the terms of the rewards.
Tokens received for completed chores.

Tokens received for completed chores.

Containers designated to each child to hold their tokens for the month.

Containers designated to each child to hold their tokens for the month.

Reward System for Completed Chores

You can decide what option is best for your family when setting up your reward system for your child's completed chores. We used a token system. Each chore has a specific color assigned to it which designates what token they will receive when the chore is completed. We used the colors red and green. The red tokens are worth ten cents and the green tokens are worth twenty-five cents. At the end of the month I add up the total amount of tokens and pay them the cash equivalent. Each child has the opportunity to earn the same amount, so that everything runs smoothly and fair. If they do not complete the chores they do not receive a token, so if at the end of the month they earned less than the other children it is only themselve's they can blame.

Appropriate Chores for Elementary Children

  • Making Their Bed
  • Cleaning Their Bedroom
  • Dusting and Vacuuming
  • Doing the Dishes

Appropriate Chores for Preschoolers

  • Helping Mommy/Daddy Dust
  • Picking Up Toys
  • Sweeping Kitchen Floor
  • Helping Rake the Yard
  • Making Their Bed

*Only you know what your child is capable of doing. So keep in mind that what works for one child does not always work for another.

Uncompleted Chores

When is comes to younger children you should not punish them for chores that are uncompleted. Children tend to think doing chores is somewhat fun and they enjoy working towards the rewards they can earn. If you are using a reward system they are only punishing themselves in a sense because they will not be able to earn the total amount they could have if their chores were completed.

If you have older children that are consistently not completing their chores you may then want to add a consequence. This can be the loss of a privilege or having to extra chores the following month for "free", or in other words without a reward.

Just make sure that you discuss the consequences upfront so that there are no surprises later on if and when the issue arises.

Chore Chart Example

According to this example chore chart the child can earn 14 red tokens per week, which equals $1.40, and 5 green tokens per week, which equals $1.25. The can earn which equals $10.60 per month if all chores are completed.

Chore AssignedSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday

Make Bed

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

Clear Table When Finished

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

X (red)

Clean Bedroom

 

X (green)

 

 

 

Put Garbage Cans Out/Away

 

 

 

 

X (green)

X (green)

 

Do Dishes

X (green)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dust/Vacuum Parlor

 

X (green)

 

 

 

 

 

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Eric Cramer from Chicagoland on July 30, 2012:

Great hub! My wife and I have used this with our kids and they have worked great. Voted up!

Jill Kostowskie (author) from Pennsylvania on July 29, 2012:

Amberjewell - I can imagine your frustration with you husband! I have trained my three boys very well. I always joke with them that one day they will make their wife very happy because I taught them well! Thanks for reading and commenting!

Amberjewell on July 24, 2012:

I love it. I think having kids do chores is a great way to teach them responsibility. I had some cute ideas. Some I have done. Some I want to try still. I had chores every day and I feel it really helped me be responsible while my husband's dad picked up after him til he was an adult and welllllll.............I'm sure you can imagine my 'thanks for that'. lol

Jill Kostowskie (author) from Pennsylvania on July 12, 2012:

Thanks SidKemp!! I think that would be a great idea for you and you wife to reward yourselves....you can always use rainy day money!!! Thanks again!!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on July 12, 2012:

My wife and I are over 50, and have no kids. But we didn't have a system like this from our parents, either. I think we need to make a chore chart as a couple and reward our chores! Voted up and useful.

Jill Kostowskie (author) from Pennsylvania on July 11, 2012:

Thanks Simone!! My children really enjoy the benefits of our reward system plus it helps keep them motivated to continue to complete their chores each week!!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 11, 2012:

I had (and loved) a chore chart when I was a kid. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of calendars and checklists.

That said, I didn't have your cool reward system. I love that!!! Such a cool idea.

Jill Kostowskie (author) from Pennsylvania on July 10, 2012:

CassyLu1981 - Maybe a dry erase calendar would work best for you when allocating chores. This way you can change the chores for each child as often as you wish, or if one chore isn't working out to well you can easily change it to a different one. Just a thought... Thanks for commenting and sharing!!!

Jill Kostowskie (author) from Pennsylvania on July 10, 2012:

CassyLu1981 - Maybe a dry erase calendar would work best for you when allocating chores. This way you can change the chores for each child as often as you wish, or if one chore isn't working out to well you can easily change it to a different one. Just a thought... Thanks for commenting and sharing!!!

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on July 09, 2012:

I love chore charts! I do have an issue with trying to decide what to put on them. I like to change mine up once a month. Separating it between the three kids, with the youngest helping me with the harder stuff like dishes and laundry. Great information. Voted up and shared :)

Jill Kostowskie (author) from Pennsylvania on July 05, 2012:

cardelean - Thanks!! I am so glad you found our chore system useful! My children love the chore charts and they love earning their rewards. I think it helps to that everyone knows up front what is expected and there are no surprises when it comes time to receive their rewards. Thanks again!!!

cardelean from Michigan on July 05, 2012:

Great information! I love the chore chart idea. You have some very useful ideas her and I love the chart. Thanks for your wonderful hub!