DIY Chore Charts

Previously I have written a blog about age-appropriate chores for your kids, and now I want to talk about how to delegate and keep track of those chores.  The best way to do that is with a chore chart!  There are several different kinds of chore charts, and you will have to choose which one will work best for your family.  Having younger kids, you will probably want a chore chart that is specific to each child and with set chores. While having older kids, you can probably get away with a more relaxed chore list that can be done by anyone and everyone. Here are some easy DIY chore charts you can make for your family!


Classic Paper & Sticker Chart:

We’ve all seen these; a drawn graph on a paper or poster board, and stickers at the ready to put on the chart as soon as a chore is completed.

Pros: This chart is very easy to make and use!  And stickers are fun for every kid to use!

Cons: Unfortunately this chart has a one and done life span. Once you have filled it up, it is not easy to re-use, and you will have to have an endless supply of stickers.


Magnet Chore Charts:

By using a magnetic white board, or simply cookie sheets from the dollar store, and some magnets, you can make a simple and fun chore chart to hang anywhere!! This magnet chart can be set up in a graph form, like the classic paper chart, or you can have a “To Do” and “Done” column.

Pros: This chore chart is reusable!! It is also fun and easy to use.

Cons: Depending on how in-depth/creative you want to make it, it could be a little time consuming to make.


Picture Frame & Dry Erase Chore Chart:

Of the three listed here so far, this is my favorite to use!  All you need is a dry erase maker, a picture frame, and a marker clip (all of which I got at the dollar store).  You can create a chore chart on the computer, print it out, and put it in the picture frame.  The marker works well on the glass to check off chores on a daily basis, and is easily erased!

Pros: Chore charts like this are reusable!! Dry erase makers last a long time (as long as the caps are on properly), and with command strips, the frames will stay on the walls securely.  They are also easy to adapt or change.  Simply go into your saved chore chart document, make adjustments, and reprint!

Cons: If you’re not doing a graph, it could take a little bit of time to put together.  For my younger son, I printed out pictures of chores and glued them onto another piece of paper for a more pleasing look.  Also, if  you are concerned about neatness, you may have an issue with child handwriting making all the checks or X’s on the chart.


Popsicle Stick Chore Chart:

You need a bunch of popsicle sticks and two jars (one labeled “To Do” and the other labeled “Done”).  Simply write the chores on the sticks and place them in the “To Do” jar.  Once the chore is done, you can move them to the “Done” jar. Another take on this would be to have one “Done” jar for each child.  This would allow you and your kids to keep track of who has done what.  If you give allowances to your children, you could even write a payment price on each chore stick (i.e.: Folding the Laundry = $1.00).  Then when your child completes the chore and puts the stick into their “Done” jar, you can easily add up what they have earned for the day (or week).

Pros: This chore chart is simple and inexpensive to make.  It is also very amendable; easy to add or remove chores.

Cons: This may not be the best for younger kids who can’t read yet, unless you can get pictures onto the sticks. I can see the opportunity for kids to get sneaky and “mysteriously or accidentally” make a chore disappear from the “To Do” jar.


For More Ideas:

When choosing chore charts, you will have to take into account the ages of your children.  Some chore charts will work better for your family than others, and you may have to go through some trial and error before you find the right fit.  If you would like even more ideas, you can follow this link!