Free Printable Chore Charts That Teach Responsibility

Updated on February 28, 2018
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I am the mother of one 7-year-old autistic child. I love writing articles that help make parents' lives easier.

Charts and Rewards Build Confidence

Chore charts can be used to help any child learn responsibility. They can also be beneficial to kids who struggle with developmental delays such as autism. Using charts for daily scheduling can help organize the entire family!

While most of these free printable chore charts are designed for neurotypical children, I have also tried to find pictures of chore charts specifically for kids with autism and other developmental disorders.

Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids!

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Chore Charts are Great for Kids of All Ages!

When a toddler or preschooler starts doing chores early on, they develop a better sense of "this is just what we do." But if you wait until they are older to establish structure, then you may face more challenges. Don't let your kids develop the idea that you do the chores, not them! Consistency is key. Remain consistent and well-organized, and chores will be more than just a task that is thrust upon your kids; it will be a part of everyday life.

Obviously, you have to be sure to give a toddler or preschooler age-appropriate chores, such as picking up toys, sorting laundry by color, or wiping up messes (without chemicals); while older children may be able to safely complete more adult chores.

Regardless of the age of the child, it is important that you reward them for their efforts. Rewards do not need to be big or expensive; they can even be you spending extra time doing an activity with your child that they love! Just make sure to be consistent with your rewards.

Kids with autism or ADHD benefit greatly from the use of chore charts. Kids with autism (and many with ADHD) are visual thinkers and the chore chart supplies them with visual cues for your verbal directions and may help them organize their thoughts better. Free printable clipart is available in many places, so you can create your own pictures to affix to the chart for greater visual support.

For kids with special needs, you can find a few other creative uses for free printable chore charts such as creating a therapy schedule, medications, or even daily routines!

Charts Help Kids Who Struggle With Learning Differences

Kids with autism and other developmental challenges really thrive on structure. Many feel more secure and communicate better when they have visual cues. Whether you use them for daily reminders or actually use them for chores, chore charts can provide kids with some much-needed stability and structure.

Instead of writing the jobs in the boxes, simply take a few photos or print out some clipart and use velcro dots to affix them as you would with the PECS (The Picture Exchange Communication System)! If you need help figuring out how to get your kids to do chores, or if you need ideas on how to modify daily tasks for children with special needs, please read my other articles. Don't forget to come back for your free printable chore chart!

Free Job Charts for Kids!

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The tracks chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.This bright blue chore chart will use a lot of ink.The pink retro chore chart will use a lot of red ink (if your printer uses 3 color cartridge as opposed to 6).The natural camouflage chore chart will use quite a lot of inkThe pastel planets chore chart will not use very much ink.The paint splatter chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.The flower chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.
The tracks chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.
The tracks chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.
This bright blue chore chart will use a lot of ink.
This bright blue chore chart will use a lot of ink.
The pink retro chore chart will use a lot of red ink (if your printer uses 3 color cartridge as opposed to 6).
The pink retro chore chart will use a lot of red ink (if your printer uses 3 color cartridge as opposed to 6).
The natural camouflage chore chart will use quite a lot of ink
The natural camouflage chore chart will use quite a lot of ink
The pastel planets chore chart will not use very much ink.
The pastel planets chore chart will not use very much ink.
The paint splatter chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.
The paint splatter chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.
The flower chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.
The flower chore chart will use a moderate amount of ink.

Good Ideas on How to Reward Your Child

Unfortunately, the following options are not free but are useful for creating structure and consistency for your child.

Everyday household objects can be used to create a reward system. Do you have games in the closet that no one uses anymore like checkers, Connect Four, or poker chips that could be used as reward tokens? If so, these tokens are a great way to motivate your kids!

When using a reward buck system or poker chip system you should decide on the big prize before introducing the system to your child. Be sure to explain the system in a way that they can understand. For example, in my system, we use reward bucks. My son earns them for doing various chores and can get bonus bucks for getting perfect scores on tests at school. In our system, when he was 3 years old, I displayed a brand new toy on top of the fridge with a post-it note that had the "price" on it. When he had enough reward bucks he got the prize. Now that he is older, he gets $10 instead!

Although our system is one reward buck for one dollar, we have made it more affordable by grouping the chores together. For example, when he cleans his room, he must clean the whole floor, not just pick up his toys off the floor. That means he must wipe down the shelves, vacuum, and take his laundry downstairs to get that dollar. We encourage him to keep his room clean all the time by giving him a reward buck for every three days that his room stays clean.

Free Printable Tickets

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Reward your kids with train cut outs!Reward your kids with star rewards!Reward your kids with blue ribbon cut outs!Reward your kids by having them build a flower one pedal at a time.Reward your kids with chore bucks!
Reward your kids with train cut outs!
Reward your kids with train cut outs! | Source
Reward your kids with star rewards!
Reward your kids with star rewards! | Source
Reward your kids with blue ribbon cut outs!
Reward your kids with blue ribbon cut outs! | Source
Reward your kids by having them build a flower one pedal at a time.
Reward your kids by having them build a flower one pedal at a time. | Source
Reward your kids with chore bucks!
Reward your kids with chore bucks! | Source

Visual Cues Help Most Children

Chore charts help provide structure and routine, but some kids need more than that! A text-based chore chart is great for some kids, but young kids and kids with autism may do better with image-based chore charts.

Kids with autism are visual thinkers, so a simple clipart image (or better yet a photo that you take from around your own home) can really help them understand what is truly expected of them. At most schools, visual support is used to aid the teaching of autistic students throughout the day. Many therapists use visual supports, too. Most autistic children are familiar with visual cues.

Visual Aid for Chores

These chore visual cues fit most visual cues systems when cut out.
These chore visual cues fit most visual cues systems when cut out. | Source

Questions & Answers

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        awesome. with 4 kids things like this come in handy.

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        loreannmclean 5 years ago

        You have quite a nice collection of charts. I'm new to Squidoo and thought you might like to know I'm adding your lens to a list of favorites in my lens to be published this weekend.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        You are a very creative and resouceful person. A wonderful lens. Thanks, I will be back.

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        RuralFloridaLiving 6 years ago

        Wonderful ideas!

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        KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

        Wow .. these are great charts. My stepson is taller than me now, so these probably wouldn't work at our house. :)

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        terrym2442 6 years ago

        Great resource- just shared it on Pinterest.

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        terrym2442 6 years ago

        Great resource- I just shared this on Pinterest.

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        AdderGals 6 years ago

        Thanks so much these! I can't wait to print them and share them with my kids!

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        JJNW 6 years ago from USA

        I used to make my own. These are adorable! Cuteness goes a long way in motivating people! Nice.

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        BenJacklin LM 6 years ago

        Great information! Thanks

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        GeniePark 6 years ago

        You have a lot of beautiful charts here. I just printed one for next week chores.

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        bullyingstatistics 6 years ago

        This is a great idea! I'll have to print some out for my own kids! :)

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        JoshK47 6 years ago

        Fantastic idea! :) Thanks for sharing!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Thank you, we used the Valentine's Chore Chart template for my 7-year old daughter. She loves it!

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        sidther lm 6 years ago

        @anonymous: I am so glad she likes it! I hope I can come up with some more cute ones. Thanks for visiting!

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        myamya 6 years ago

        Thank you for sharing this lens with up.Thumbs up!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        Thank you, my kids will love them!

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        WriterJanis2 6 years ago

        Love this lens. I think chore charts and rewards are great for kids. Blessed!

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        hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

        thanks for the free & useful resource!

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        Close2Art LM 6 years ago

        great job, full of wonderful resources for chore charts!!!

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        spartakct 6 years ago

        Nice lens! wonderfully made!

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        Jennifer_Glennon 6 years ago

        Thank you. These will come in handy with my little one.

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        Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

        I don't need these Free printable Chore Charts for the kids, I need them for me! Make a neat schedule for my online work.

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        sweetstickyrainbo 6 years ago

        Interesting and creative lens. Thanks for making it.

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        sousababy 6 years ago

        I think these are brilliant and they seem to work far better than other methods. Thanks for sharing so freely with us. Take good care, Rose

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        how did you know that my wife and I needed something like this! Glad I browsed into your lens. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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        pyramidsphinx 6 years ago

        very smart lens

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        mumsgather 6 years ago

        I love rewards charts. My kids love them. Thanks for the resources.

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        VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

        Awesome lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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        Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

        Very cool. I might be using these in a few years from now. Others in my family use these and it works wonders. Squid Angel blessed.

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        brbrooks 6 years ago

        I love the idea of chore bucks, nice lens.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        I used chore charts with my kids and it sure made a difference that was so nice! A picture prevents a lot of 'discussion'. You've gone above and beyond, all the way to excellent here!

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        darciefrench lm 6 years ago

        What a fantastic idea! Blessed :)

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        phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

        Great idea for helping kids keep track of their chores.

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        Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        This is a great resource with a lot of options on free printable chore charts...great job!

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