Skip to main content

Gear Girl: Best Chore Charts for Kids

Beds to make. Dishes to wash. Floors to clean. Toilets to scrub. Sounding familiar? Let me suggest a solution to your cleaning woes. Your children. Don't worry, I'm not talking about going all Cinderella on your kids, but assigning chores to your children is a win-win. It lightens your load, helps the house, and teaches your kids important lessons about responsibility and basic life skills.

best chore chart

Tip 1: Start small and simple. Good intentions are easily lost when you bite off more than you can chew (or clean). If you're just starting off giving your kids chores, choose 2-3 daily tasks you want your kids to accomplish to develop both the habit (for them) and a check-off system (for you). Then add on.

Tip 2: Choose your chores. What age is the "right" age to start chores? You might be surprised. Experts say that kids as young as 2 can be taught to put toys away when they are done with them, bring a sippy cup over to the counter when they are done, and put laundry in the dirty clothes bin. Looking for ideas of age-appropriate chores? Check out this, this and this.

Tip 3: Create a chart. No need to buy a fancy chart to track your kids' chores. Pinterest is full of simple ideas for DIY chore charts. Here are some of creative ideas to get you started.

If you child isn't reading yet (or reading well), try a picture-based chore chart like these from My Name Is SnickerDoodle (1), Today's Mama (2), Living Locurto (3), and Dandee Designs (4).

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

How to Celebrate Adoptive Parents

How to Celebrate Adoptive Parents

I recently learned that a friend who had been patiently awaiting a child became a parent practically overnight. When I heard about this loving couple bringing home their first baby, it really got me thinking about how to celebrate adoptive parents. We have experience with more

Spiked Apple Cider Pop Ingredients

Spiked Apple Cider Pops

September in the South is, in my opinion, still summer.  The eighties and nineties always prevail and make the traditional fall flavors that I crave so much slightly out of reach. As much as I want to relax and sip on some hot cider, at the moment, I still need something iced. more

Japan Adventure Park Hyatt Hotel Niseko

Japan Adventure Park Hyatt Hotel Niseko

Are you ready for an international ski adventure with your family? This new opened in January 2020, right before the big shutdown.  The Park Hyatt hotel is located 2 hours northeast of the New Chitose airport in the northern island of Hokkaido. We arrived via flight from Tokyo to more

toddler chore chart
DIY chore charts for kids

Older kids who can read will do well with charts like this magnetic chore chart from Martha Stewart (1), Brought To You By the Letter B (2), Sutton Grace (3) or this clothespin chart from My Blessed Life (4).

Looking to add a bit more fun to your family's chores? Try these innovative ideas. Chore dice from Delia Create (1), chore sticks from Whatever Dee Dee Wants (2), spinning chore chart from All Things Thrifty (3), and chore punch cards from Making the World Cuter (4).

fun chore charts for kids

Do you give your kids chores? What's your favorite chore system?

Image placeholder title

Momtrends was not paid for this post.

Related Articles