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Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids

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These Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids are perfect to laminate and use with dry erase markers for a super simple chore system. Because honestly, friends, if it's complicated, we can't stick with it. So, I'm hoping you'll find these particular chore charts as effective as we do. Download your favorite design below to use with your family. 

Free Printable Chore Charts
Do your kids do chores? The only way we can seem to implement a true reward system for chores in our family is by keeping it as simple as possible. In our house, these free printable chore charts work really well for that purpose. They're great to laminate for the refrigerator or to add to your household binder that all of the members of the family can have access to. Grab your favorite pattern below. 

Free Printable Chore Charts

Let's face it, if we don't have a chore chart going on and in a visible location, we're likely to skip a whole lot of chores (which means mom and dad have much heavier loads). Using this simple system that I'm sharing on these free printable chore charts has been a game changer for our family for a number of years. I hope it helps yours, too. I'm also sharing some easy chore ideas for different kids' ages, as well.
Easy-to-Use Chore Chart

These free printable chore charts are designed to coordinate with all of the printables from our latest organizational printable series here. There are three designs available in our entire series (including the chore charts): stripes, polka dots, and triangles. Let me know if you're interested in other designs of the same format. Just leave me a comment or drop me an email. If this system works for lots of folks, I'd love to make it available in a variety of aesthetics and themes. 

How to Use a Chore Chart

How to Use These Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids

In our house, we just make sure all of our assigned chores for the week are done by the kids' payday (you know, for the most part). We used to have each star or checkmark equal a small monetary amount. But, the competition was getting a bit fierce around here, y'all. Now, we just have a set weekly amount and make sure chores are done these days. Seriously simple...but it works for us. My brain can't wrap itself around anything more complex than these. I also have found it important to be consistent with a weekly payday...going any longer than that has my kids losing interest (fast!).
  • There is a line at the top of the chart to fill in the child's name.
  • Start by filling in tasks for the chore chart holder in the lefthand column on your chart (I have a list of chore ideas by age groups listed out below)
  • Use check marks or stars (or even stickers) to mark off when tasks are completed throughout the week.
  • Again, this is a fairly open-ended concept that you can adapt to your own family's needs. 
  • And be sure to keep things simple so it's easier to stick with! This can truly work as a great reward system for household chores.

Laminated Chore Chart

Setting Up Your Chore Charts


Kids' Chore Ideas

Chore Ideas for Kids by Age:

The below ideas are just suggestions and ideas that have worked for our own family. Use your judgment as to whether these chores will work for your own kids. I grouped these in categories for age-appropriate tasks.

  • Ages 3-4:

    • Helping make beds (learning to pull covers up, etc.)
    • Picking up and sorting toys
    • Light dusting on non-breakables
    • Sorting laundry by colors (with assistance)
    • Bringing laundry to laundry room or area
    • Taking laundry back to personal spaces and putting it away with assistance (to me this always reiterates the "putting things away" idea)

  • Ages 5-6:

    • Sock matching while folding laundry + simple laundry folding
    • Setting table (with assistance): be sure to use my free printable table setting teaching placemats here to help with this task.
    • Helping clear table after meals and projects
    • Wiping down table with sponge and water
    • Feeding pets
    • Watering plants
    • Sweeping floors (with assistance); my kids used one of those lightweight battery-vacuums in our hard-floor areas at this age

  • Ages 7-8:

    • Mop
    • Vacuum 
    • Fold laundry (especially towels and similar)
    • Emptying dishwasher (we started with just the utensil basket and graduated to just the bottom rack, eventually making the chore the entire dishwasher)
    • Emptying waste baskets
    • Putting their own laundry away (especially in drawers)

  • Ages 9-11:

    • Washing/drying dishes by hand or loading dishwasher
    • Helping with meal preparation
    • Learning to clean bathroom (with kid-safe cleaners)
    • Taking trash out to curb for pick up (and putting away after pick up)

  • Ages 12 and up:

    • At this point, kids of these ages may be able to take on more adult-like chores (cleaning, laundry, cooking, and even lawn mowing).
Again, the above are just the things that have worked well for our own family. It's always a good idea to experiment with things that will work well with your own kids. In our house, some chores are better for one kid while others work better for the other kid. And, well, some that I just tend to do myself (I know, I know). 


Download Your Free Printable Chore Charts:

You can choose any of the following designs to download below (stripes, polka dots, or triangles). Or, download all of them!
Chore Charts for Children



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Not sure how to Download or Print your Printable?

You can get loads of information on downloading and printing your printables in my complete video tutorial below. It covers how to download and print your printables on both a Mac and a PC. There is information on printing at home or even uploading to your local print shop. Still have questions? See my complete downloading and printing tutorial here.
















6 comments:

  1. I'm unable to downloan the printables do you by chance know why?

    Thank you! LOVE your stuff so cute!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jen. Hmmm...not sure? I just accessed them on my end okay. Shoot me an email (kristi[at]ishouldbemoppingthefloor[dot]com) and I can email you the one you'd like. Let me know which design you would prefer. THANKS!

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  2. Can I just say that you are AWESOME! All this stuff that you have put together is so wonderful, and that you share them with us for free is even more wonderful! I'm so glad there are kind crafty people in the world =). Thank you thank you!!!

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Telisha! Your sweet comment just made my day. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave these kind words here. xoxo

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  3. How do I print this out? There isn't a print button or dl anywhere...

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    1. Hi Patricia-- There are four download links directly under the image and title that says "Download your free printable chore charts". If you can't find it, shoot me an email and I can send them directly to you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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