Free Printable Chore Chart for Kids
Believe it or not, if your little one has reached the “terrible twos” he or she is probably ready for some basic chores, and a good way to plan this out is a printable chore chart. According to Roger W. McIntire, a University of Maryland psychology professor and author of Raising Good Kids in Tough Times, “Kids can do a lot of chores at an early stage. We hold back too long because we think they ought to be ready first. But that puts the cart before the horse. That is, they’ll learn by doing,” (WebMD, n.d.).
The key to getting your kids started with chores is to:
- Select chores that are age appropriate
- Make your expectations clear
- Don’t expect perfection – especially in the beginning
- Offer ample praise for completed tasks
In addition to the tips listed above, it’s important to get your kids excited about chores. This may sound like a real challenge, after all, most of us don’t like chores, but it isn’t nearly as hard as it sounds. Keep in mind, that children can be motivated by something as small as a gold star, the occasional sweet treat, or an outing to the park.
One way to make your expectations clear and to motivate your kids to do their chores is with printable chore charts. Printable chore charts, like the one below, allow kids to keep track of what chores they have to do and when as well as their progress.
To start, create a printable chore chart for each one of your children. Put his or her name on the top, list out the chores, and put check marks on the days the chore should be completed. For example, you might assign a twelve-year-old to take out the garbage so on his or her printable chore chart, you would put “take out the garbage” and then put a check mark on Thursday (or whatever your garbage day is). Once you’ve filled out the printable chore charts, hang them up where they are clearly visible (ex. on the kitchen fridge).
Don’t just use printable chore charts to tell your child what to do. Instead, use printable chore charts to motivate your child to complete his or her chores. For example, tell your child to replace a check mark with a star sticker when the chore is completed. Then offer your child some kind of incentive whether it be a toy, sweet treat, or allowance when he or she reaches so many stars or successfully completes all of the chores assigned for the week.
Use the free printable chore chart below to introduce your child to chores. Bonus: Printable chore charts can also be used by adults to keep track of household tasks!