Free printable chore charts for kids, like this one, can be used to keep the whole family, regardless of age, on track! See how you can put this free chore chart to use in your home as well as score tips and tricks for making this addition seem less like well, a chore. 😉
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 introduce this concept is with a chore calendar printable (like this one). According to Roger W. McIntire, a University of Maryland psychology professor, “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.”
The key to getting your kids started with chores is to:
- Select chores that are age appropriate. This huge home cleaning checklist bundle may inspire you.
- Make your expectations clear, which is where free printable chore charts for kids can help!
- 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’s actually fairly simple. Keep in mind, that children can be motivated by something as small as a gold star placed on the free kids chore chart next to their name or a little treat such as an outing to the park.
Tip: One way to incentivize a job well done, so to speak, is by combining this free chore chart with this free printable play money template. Assign (fake) dollar values to the jobs on the chore calendar printable, give your child this fake money as payment, and allow him or her to exchange their hard earned cash for prizes of different values. Not only can this help them get used to having some responsibilities around the house, it can also help them start to grasp the value of a dollar … even though the dollars in this situation are fake. 😉
Bonus: If you are going to follow the tip above and add dollar values (or points) to tasks, this version of a printable chore chart for kids might be a little easier to use!
As mentioned above, an easy way to make your expectations clear is to implement a free kids chore chart in your home. (And keep in mind that this chore chart doesn’t have to be just for kids … everyone can use a little extra accountability now and again!) Free printable chore charts for kids, like the one below, allow kids to keep track of what chores they have to do and their progress.
To start, create a free chore chart for each one of your children (and perhaps for yourself and your spouse). Put a 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 chore calendar printable, you would put “take out the garbage” and then put a check mark on Thursday (or whenever your garbage day is). Once you’ve filled out the free printable chore charts for kids (and adults), hang them up where they are very visible.
Don’t just use this free kids chore chart to tell your child what to do. Instead, use it 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.
Tip: Get your kids excited (I mean really excited) about tracking their progress. Some special cleaning stickers might do the trick!
Use the free printable chore charts for kids and adults below to introduce your child to chores and hold the whole family accountable for keeping the house tidy.
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Household chores aren’t the only thing your kiddo is responsible for … what about his or her homework? This free homework chart printable can help them keep up with their school chores! 😉
Have you implemented free printable chore charts for kids in your home? How do you motivate your kids? Share your experiences and inspiration in the comments.