Creating a Chore Chart and Prize Bin
Creating a Chore Chart and Prize Bin
Teaching Kids the Value of Work
Teaching kids the value of work by creating a chore chart and prize bin they will actually want to work for.
Children should help out around the house. I am not one of those moms who does everything for my kids…but I have been in the past. It’s not because I didn’t want them to help, or didn’t see the value in them helping.
My reason for doing everything was because I was too tired to fight with them, and train them how to work.
It’s not something I’m proud of, but I was completely worn out for a while. It was none other than mom burn out! We had been homeschooling, I had some health issues, and helping my husband to run a business (on top of everything else), just totally wore me out.
I knew something had to change, and my children needed to help out around the house. I had tried many different chore charts in the past and nothing seemed to really motivate them.
Free Downloadable Chore Chart with Point System – You can customize it to your family’s needs
It’s understandable that some families do not believe in rewarding kids for doing chores. That mentality is not wrong, but I don’t see it as teaching them in the same way that rewarding them to work does.
Kids should work, and they should help out because they live there too. It’s their home and they should WANT to work. Kids don’t see chores as a privilege though. Not typically that is.
I want to instill hard work in my kids, but I also want them to see that work pays off. When you work hard at something you reap what you sow. And while some may say you sow a clean home! I say, you worked hard, and you earned a prize.
With the new system I don’t have to fight them every single step of the way to do something. They have the chore chart, they know the point system and they can see what prize they want to earn. The system has not failed me yet!
30 Chore Ideas for Kids of All Ages
(Some would not be appropriate for young children):
- Gather trash and take it out
- Dust the main floor
- Vacuum (each level of the home)
- Dust wall trim
- Use Magic Eraser on walls
- Clean windows, glass doors
- Wipe off refrigerator, dishwasher, stove door
- Clean up dog poop
- Wipe off air vents
- Help meal plan
- Bake muffins, banana bread, etc.
- Clean critters cages (guinea pigs, hamster, etc.)
- Fold laundry and put it in the right bedroom
- Water flowers or indoor plants
- Clean up the pantry
- Put toilet paper in each bathroom
- Mow the grass
- Rake leaves
- Strip beds and wash sheets
- Sweep off the porch/deck/driveway
- Put new hand towels in each bathroom
- Wipe off kitchen table
- Wipe out refrigerator
- Organize linen closet
- Give the dog food and water
- Brush the dog
- Put the clean dishes away
- Load the dirty dishes
- Do one full load of laundry (their own laundry using the one basket per kid rule)
- *If hygiene is an issue for your kids, give points for brushing their teeth twice a day, and getting a shower/bath
Creating a Chore Prize Bin
Now that you have created your chore chart, it’s time to work on the prize bin. This is a crucial part because it is going to be different for each family. The purpose is to get prizes your kids will actually WANT to earn.
For my family I do prizes of a value of $1 – $6 each. For $1 prizes, they are worth 10 points, $2 prizes are worth 20 points, and so on. The free downloadable chore chart that is above, has the chore points system in it as well for you to use or edit.
Prize ideas for the bin
- eye shadow
- mini plastic drawers (Dollar Tree, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, etc)
- face mask
- bath bombs
- mini bags of Lego’s
- mini Hatchimals keychains
- stress balls
- coloring books
- small travel sized games
- travel sized toiletries
- DVD’s (Target and Walmart have cheap ones)
- Mario Bro’s people
- slime making materials (glue, glitter, etc)
- mechanical pencils
- art supplies
- eggs you crack open (dinosaur bones, sharks, etc)
Chores and responsibility are important for kids. They need to help out around the house. Everyone likes to feel needed, and that they have a purpose. Giving kids chores allows them to feel useful…even though they may not always appreciate it, they will be better off for learning the value of hard work in the end.