i should be mopping the floor: DIY Chore Boards for Kids

Monday, September 1, 2014

DIY Chore Boards for Kids

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Finish Dishwasher Detergent. 
All opinions are mine alone. #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias

These DIY Chore Boards are perfect to motivate kids to help around the house. This summer, my boys added dishwasher duties to their chore routines: they load, empty and use dishwasher detergent with ease these days. See how I made these boards below. Also, grab a fantastic coupon for Finish Detergent and a free printable for the chore cards, too.
Do your kids participate in household chores? My kids do...but to be honest, they can be more motivated by the monetary reward rather than the actual satisfaction of completing the chore. See how I made these super simple boards below for them>>>

These boards are now giving my boys the freedom to decide which chores they want to do when {although we reserve the right to make requests and there is a weekly minimum}. Our boards rotate on a weekly basis. They start on Sunday with all chore cards moved to the "to do" side. As the week goes on, chores are moved to the "done" side as they're completed. I printed several sheets of the chore cards {available free below} for the chores that are daily or occur more than once a week. Not all chores may be completed every week, but this gives them some variety and freedom in choosing. All of our chores are priced at twenty five cents...it may be hard to see in the photo, but there IS a decimal before the two! Even with just a quarter a chore, they add up quickly. We have pay day on Saturdays when we tally up the "done" side.


One chore that I'm so glad we added this summer was loading and emptying the dishwasher. They're pros at this now! This is my youngest, above. If there's anything he can't reach to put away, he knows to leave it on the countertop and we'll put it up for him.


They even love to add the Finish Powerball Dishwasher Detergent into the dispenser. The Quantum Power & Free variety detergents have less harsh chemicals than others. Plus my dishes are so sparkly...even when my boys don't rinse and scrub before adding them into the dishwasher {they don't even have to!}. 

Right now, Walmart has a Rollback for Finish Dishwashing Detergent going on until October that can be paired with the downloadable coupon below for fantastic savings. Sahweeeet!


To make our chore boards, I started with a simple unfinished board from the craft store, stained clothespins and my printable chore cards {available below}. I painted the board with two colors and sanded a bit to give it an aged look. I used vinyl for the wording {I have a machine, but you can also purchase vinyl letters at a craft store}. I simply hot glued my clothespins to the board. I attached a picture hanger on the back to make it easy to hang up.


Our system is really simple...but so far it's really efficient. I can't handle systems with too much going on...it all seems to fall apart on me!

And grab this coupon to make sure your dishes are always sparkly
{even with the kiddos doing those dishes}!


And below, you can download the chore cards that I use for our boards.
One of them is blank, too.

What works best for your kids' chore routines?


Neglect your chores like me and don't miss a thing:




19 comments:

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  2. So cute!! My oldest is also motivated by money. ;)

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    1. Thank you! Money sure does speak to the kiddos, doesn't it? Lol!

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  3. I am still able to get away with incentive tickets.....I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible since I don't carry cash lolol

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    1. Lol! I don't blame you one bit! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. I love this. I've tried figuring dollar amounts on the fly and sometimes give too much for a less difficult job. This way every task is priced the same. Less confusion is key. I may try this on the refrigerator with magnet clothes pins since I'm not as crafty as you :-)

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    1. You are so right! Keeping it simple = success! I hope it works well for you!

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  5. So cute and looks like a great way to get the kiddos helping.

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    1. Thank you! It sure has made helping fun! ;)

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  6. Cute idea! I need a child to help me load the dishwasher because I am HORRIBLE at it!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Don't we all?! I may or may not have YouTube'd "how to properly load a dishwasher" Lol! ;)

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  7. This is such a great idea! I can't wait till my kiddo is big enough to do some chores! Thanks for the coupon and the great printable!

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    1. Thank you! You are very welcome, Jenna! It's a great way to give them freedom with their responsibilities!

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  8. I absolutely need this! Thanks for the coupon!

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    1. You're welcome, Vanessa! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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