Chore chart created for young children.
Objectives – To teach children responsibility and reward good behavior.
- Poster Board
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.
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.