I’ve been wanting to instill a sense of responsibility and accomplishment in the kids by giving them special jobs (read: chores) around the house, but had yet to find a chart or visual reminder that worked for us.
Finally, as I was browsing other blogs, I saw the idea to make a rotating chore chart. I can’t remember what blog I found this idea on, so if you know, please tell me so I can give credit!
Basically, it’s 2 paper plates and a brad. You cut off a few inches of the edge of one of the plates, and using the brad, attach the two plates together in the center. Write (or, if you have non-reading children as I do, glue pictures of) the chores to be done on the edge that’s showing of the outer plate. On the smaller plate, mark off equal sized sections and write the kids names on them. Since I only have 2 kids old enough to help, they each have 2 sections.
Each name section covers 2 chores, which means each kids have 4 jobs to take care of. Each week, I rotate the inner plate and the jobs change up a little bit. Doing this means that it takes 2 weeks for a child to rotate out of a specific job. I have “picking up toys” on there twice, so that each child always has it as one of their jobs.
Other jobs I have listed for my children, who are 2 and 3 years old, are:
-sweeping (under the table after meals) This one also includes kitchen duty, which can include anything from setting the table to helping with simple food prep
-putting away shoes at the end of the day (since my daughter loves shoes..of every size…they tend to get spread around the house)
-helping with dishes (this one doesn’t happen too often yet..but the child can help bring the dishes to the sink, and sometimes I’ll put some warm soapy water in the second sink with a few plastic cups and they can help “wash”, standing on a chair)
-helping sort recycling
-helping put laundry away, or matching socks together, and
-dusting (which usually involves wiping table and chair legs with an old sock on the hand that I’ve sprayed with a water/vinegar solution)
Of course, the kids need a LOT of one-on-one encouragement and coaching to complete their special jobs, and they receive tons of praise when they’re done!
What chores do your children do, and what are their ages? Do you have a “chore system?”