Chore Chart for Young Children

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Chore chart created for young children.

Objectives – To teach children responsibility and reward good behavior.


  • Poster Board
  • Markers
  • Stickers

Big B is a very helpful kid. He always wants to be a part of whatever you are doing, so getting him to do chores has never really been difficult… although he has his days. This past summer I decided it was time to give him a little reward for all the work he does to help me. I decided the best way to do this was to create a chore chart. A lot of the chore charts that I ran across seemed too old for him. They had specific chores that needed to be done at specific times and didn’t leave a lot of room for special chores (like helping me with whatever I might be doing or things around the farm). So I got a poster board and wrote up a simple chore chart with boxes for him to fill with stickers. Once the spaces are filled he gets a small reward, a trip to the ice cream shop! I included the ice cream shop’s logo, so he has a visual reminder of the reward. Whenever he does a chore he gets a star for his chart. For us, all chores are the same. We do not give multiple stars for some tasks. Sometimes he will do chores and not ask for a star, and other times he will do chores (without me asking) specifically to get a star. I generally put a lot of boxes (30-35) so it takes him some time to get the reward… that way he isn’t going to get ice cream every week!

The possibilities are endless. You aren’t tied down to a timeline or to specific chores. You don’t have to do boxes either. Maybe the spaces can be in the shape of the reward.

Charts for young children

Chore Chart for Young Children

Big B’s Chores (Age 2-3)

  • Picking up his toys (inside and outside)
  • Helping empty dishwasher
  • Helping load the dishwasher
  • Gathering dirty clothes
  • Helping move along laundry or helping me put laundry on the line
  • Wiping down surfaces
  • Helping collect yard items for the compost (grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, etc)
  • Laying scratch for chickens, or giving them treats
  • Giving the animals water

This may seem like a lot for a 2-3 year old, but he doesn’t do all of them each day, or even each week. That is why it is great to have a chore chart that doesn’t have a lot of restraints.


6 comments on “Chore Chart for Young Children

  1. Sarah Scherrer on said:

    Great idea! It’s been a while since I’ve made one, but for a time our toddler’s job was to collect the dirty socks that didn’t find their own way to the laundry hamper.

  2. Nicole on said:

    I love your chart idea – the scattering of the boxes could be tons of fun but I have a stubborn four year-old. (5 in January) She gets to where she doesn’t want to do the cleaning up and we have tried offering rewards. For example, she will reply to our offer of choosing a toy (as a special treat), “I don’t want any more toys. Can we just donate the toys in my room to someone? I don’t want to clean them up.”

    Ideas? I’ll try anything!

    • Crystal on said:

      LOL! That’s too funny! I have a few suggestions… Maybe try having her “special treat” be something other than a toy. Maybe a trip to the ice cream shop or to an activity like putt putt, Chuck E Cheese (do those still exist?), roller or ice skating, a movie or some other kid friendly activity that you have in your town. It could also be dinner out to the restaurant of her choice. Big B wouldn’t respond well to the special treat being a toy either but he LOVES to go get ice cream because it doesn’t happen often.

      Also, have you considered packing up some of her toys? If she has a lot in her room and it tends to get really messy it might overwhelm her to the point that she doesn’t want to clean it up. I know I always have a harder time getting Big B to clean the room when it gets really messy. Big B has a ton of toys, many that he doesn’t play with, but in search of the toy that he does want all of the toys somehow find their way onto the floor and then we have a huge mess. I’m considering packing a lot of stuff up right now as well.

      Back when I was working outside of the home Big B’s babysitter had this practice of rotating her toys. She would only have a handful of toys out at a time and the rest would be packed away. Every week she would trade out the toys so the children did not get bored of the toys that were out and less toys out equals less mess. Less mess equals an easier clean up.

      I hope that helps! Good Luck. Big B loves his chore chart. I hope you can make it work for your little one.

  3. Ashley J on said:

    I love this. I have been thinking of what I would do when my son gets older, and this is perfect for the “now”. He just turned 2 and is sometimes very helpful. Our icecream place is an Orange Leaf, which he loves.

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