Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Transform Tuesday -- DIY Chore Chart

We had 4 kids in 4.5 years.  The oldest just turned 7 and the youngest is 2.5 years.  If I am not organized, our home is pure chaos.  A couple of years ago I made a chore chart for the two oldest.  It worked well and served its purpose.  However, it was out dated and only had spots for 2 kids to do chores.  I think even the littlest kids are capable of helping, so we start them off with simple tasks at a pretty young age.  I needed a long term chore chart that could accommodate 4 kids and that could be changed as necessary.  I spent a lot of time thinking and researching before I finally settled on a plan.  Then I tweaked it to fit our needs.

Here is the Before:

Here is the After:

I used a magnetic dry erase board that we got from Costco.  We actually got it for something else, but didn't need it anymore.

I bought this chore chart clipart.  Since we don't have a color printer, I printed them in black and white and then colored them myself.  I laminated them and then put magnet stickers on the back.

I bought these stickers to put on these magnets.  Now each of my kids has their own color.  We already do the color thing for dishes, utensils, and cups, so the kids know which color is theirs.

I also found these super cute day of the week magnets on clearance at Walmart and they fit perfectly. 

Lastly, I drew lines on the dry-erase board.  I thought about using vinyl and cutting strips to make the grid, but I didn't want to take the time.  I may go back and do it later though. 

And there you have it.  An easy to follow Chore Chart for multiple kids to use at the same time.

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13 comments:

New Every Morning said...

Oh! I love this!!!
So simple yet creative! (I love finding all the little things that make a project complete, like your days of the week magnets... how perfect!)

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

I used to set this up on a big poster board every month for our 4 kids. Organizational is essential! Thanks for hosting your blog party every Tuesday, it's a hoot.

Jackie said...

I just found your blog from a linky on Blogger Chix Designs. I'm a follower now. Cute Ideas!!

Leanne said...

This is a great idea. I would love for you to join my 2nd We're Organized Wednesday party. It goes till Thursday night and there's a giveaway. I hope to see you there.

Atticmag said...

Very cute! Supernanny would certainly approve. Jane F.

Laura said...

What a great idea!

I'm having a blog party tomorrow and I'd love it if you linked up!
http://www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

Jessica Hills said...

Wow! What a wonderful way to teach your children and it looks so good! Thanks so much for linking on Favorite Things Friday!

Leanne said...

Thanks for joining We're Organized Wednesday. I hope to see you again in 2 weeks. This is one of the best chore charts I've seen.

Maria said...

oh my gosh, I need this project baaad. I'm going to make it ASAP, I think I have all the supplies. This would totally give me time off...my boys are old enough to do these kinds of chores...ten and seven. Hope your having a wonderful weekend!

Leanne said...

Congratulations Sarah! You won the "What's for Dinner?" cookbook at We're Organized Wednesday. Thanks for linking your great idea. Just send me an e-mail with your mailing address and we'll get the book out to you ASAP. The next party will be May 12th. I hope to see you again.

Leanne said...

Congratulations Sarah! You won the "What's for Dinner?" cookbook at We're Organized Wednesday. Thanks for linking your great idea. Just send me an e-mail with your mailing address and we'll get the book out to you ASAP. The next party will be May 12th. I hope to see you again.

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

Great chart! How is it working? You are so organized!!!
Bonnie :)

The Hartt Clan said...

I really like your chore chart. How you assign chores to each individual child?