I don’t know about you, but managing chores with my kids has been one of those parenting things that has taken a lot of “tweaking.” Ok it’s taken multiple overhauls and a lot of tears. Haha. Who am I kidding?
It’s difficult to come up with the right balance and a consistent plan that will keep your kids motivated to do their chores, much less actually doing them well. Another thing I struggled with was whether or not to pay my kids and how to teach them about money if I didn’t.
Perhaps you can relate to the mountain of questions and frustrations that center around finding the perfect chore system for your family. Well today I’m super excited to share this awesome chore system with you. First, you’re going to want to go back and read A Chore System that Teaches Good Money Habits (without entitlement) so you can understand how I developed this.
That post gives you a step-by-step plan, as well as an understanding for the reasoning behind certain things, like paying your kids for chores. Trust me, read the post and hear me out on that one EVEN IF you decided never to pay for chores. Once you’ve got the theory and practical steps behind the system, this post will walk you through the creation of the cards we use to get the job done!
Chore Cards for Kids Materials:
- Cardstock, I highly recommend NOT printing these on regular paper, they will bend easily.
- Printer, of course use what you have, but if you are looking for a good one, this is my favorite.
- Lanyards and 6×4 lamination pockets, these are the ones I bought because they included both and were very reasonable.
- Award badges, we added this for fun and the kids loved have the emoji-like badges on their chore cards. Here’s another set you might like.
- Command Hooks, to help hang the chore cards on the wall while not in use.
- Ultra fine point dry erase markers, you will use these to check off the chores as week. I’d suggest using washable ones for younger kids as they stain clothes. If you have trouble with the marks coming off before you can read them, try Vis-a-vis markers. These require water to wipe off.
How to create the Chore Cards:
- The first step is to edit the Chore Cards to fit the chores your family decided on. (See this post for how we assigned chores.) For help with editing the cards, click on the video below.
- Print the cards on cardstock and cut them out.
- Place each card in one of the sleeves and let the kids choose one “emoji” pin. I award subsequent pins for the chore start of the week. That’s the person who did the best job both in action and attitude with their chores. The kids love competing for this. You might also consider giving these out for a certain number of weeks of excellent work, instead of making it a competition.
- Hang them on a hook or place in a basket for chore day.
Download your free printables:
To download the Chore Cards for kids, click the image below. You’ll not only get these cards, you’ll get ALL of our most popular family printables.