It is time for all of us to follow through with those New Year’s resolutions we made just a few weeks ago. Now that my kids are getting older (10, 8 and 4), I made a resolution to have them help with cleaning the house. And to make sure I actually follow through this year, I created a chore chart.
Now I realize it takes work (on our end) to do chore charts, but they are great accountability for everyone. Chore charts provide instant gratification for the kids – checking off a list or task is always a good thing! Here’s the free chore chart I created, and you can personalize it for your child (or husband):
To open and save your own chore chart printable,
Click HERE –> CHORE CHART
And if you want to laminate and frame the chart like I did, here’s the tutorial:
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Glue Gun
- Wood Stain (I used dark walnut)
- Xacto Knife
- Balsa Wood (or thin pieces of wood) *I found my balsa wood in a pack at Hobby Lobby.
Measure and cut your wood. I made mine slightly larger than the 8.5 inch printout.
Next, I stained my piece of wood.
While the stain was drying, I lamented my printout. If you have access to a laminating machine, that is your best bet. We are laminating it so we can use dry-erase markers and use the chore chart week after week. I used clear contact paper, but it’s a little more stubborn with the dry-erase markers. I noticed the red doesn’t erase very well on the clear contact paper. (Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes work great for erasing!)
I measured and cut my contact paper allowing an inch or two to hang off the top and bottom.
This extra material is where you will attach the wood frame.
I glued the twine to the extra contact paper.
Then, I added glue to the balsa wood and attached it to the chore chart on the extra contact paper – covering where I attached the twine.
Add a piece to the bottom, and you’re done!
I used permanent marker for my kids’ names and chores. The kids use a dry-erase marker to mark their chores.
Go get those kids to work!