A few months back, I was wandering through Walmart late one night and I found the Cricut Lite Cartridges. (Did you know that these are Walmart Exclusives?) I was so excited when I found the Chore Chart one, and I just knew that I HAD to have it! My husband was so sweet and surprised me with it a couple of weeks later. I was so excited to use it.
Well, for being so excited to use it, it sure did take me a long time to get around to it. 🙂 I started a while back cutting some of these things out, and I learned that this little cartridge is very time consuming to use. You have to cut like 4 layers for each chore, all in different colors, and then glue it all together. Well, the last couple of days, I FINALLY cut all of the things out that I wanted and then I glued them together, put a magnet on the back and I now have these chore charts for my kids. The best parts about this whole project, my kids are EXCITED to do chores (YAY!) and I used up a bunch of my paper scraps. Yes, some of the color combinations are weird, but, they are colorful, and I didn’t use any paper that I didn’t want to use. 🙂
For the stuff on the left column, those are morning and night. The clothes is for getting dressed in the morning, and putting pajamas on at night. The middle column, changes every day. And the right column is homework.
For the middle and right columns, they earn stars for each items they finish, when they get five stars, then they get to pick an activity to do for a little while, such as play the wii, computer, or a board game, or last night, my son chose to play with his Lego ship that we keep up where the little ones can’t get it so it won’t get broken, but the poor kid never gets to play with it.
The question mark chore is mom’s choice. Debbie suggested that I do one of those for the odd little jobs that I think of and would want them to do, I think it’s such a great idea. I also cut more out that are not currently up on the boards, the the chores will always be changing.
As for the vinyl for the names, and the ribbons I used to hang them, although them may look a little funny, I did it in my kids favorite colors.
I LOVE how they all turned out, and all the time I put into it was worth it. I hope the excitement over doing chores stays around for a while!
What kinds of things do you do for your kids to keep them motivated to do chores and help around the house?