I am so excited about this weeks guest post from Janey at Shutterfly on age appropriate chore charts for kids. Janey provides free printable chore charts templates and gives the reader easy tips on how to introduce more responsibility into your child’s life. Use these simple chores chart ideas by age to make adding chores an easy transition into your daily life. I know this is something I could use a little help with and I hope it can help you out too!
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Fun Age-Appropriate Chore Charts For Kids + Tips & Chore Chart Templates
Adding some responsibility into your child’s day-to-day can often times be a bit of a challenge. We want our kids to still be able to play and enjoy their childhood but as they get older, it’s imperative that we also teach them to value hard work, practice good hygiene and learn about the importance of helping others.
To help get you started, I thought I’d share these fun, age-appropriate printable chore charts from Shutterfly. These customizable chore charts are made for three different age groups including toddlers, kids ages four to six and older kiddos ages seven to ten. Another thing I like about these chore chart templates is you can choose a point and reward system that works for you and your kids. You’ll be able to establish the best routine and rewards to help them stay consistent and motivated!
Tips On Introducing Responsibility
1. Keep Things Simple
Whether they’re toddlers or starting chores at an older age, try to keep their chores simple and straight-forward. If a chore involves many different steps to complete, it might feel overwhelming and you might end up with partially completed chores. Instead, break a complex task into a few different chores to give them the satisfaction of checking things off their list little by little. This will also help keep them on task!
2. Add a Challenge
Add a couple of challenging tasks throughout their week. Try to think of chores that will encourage them to put their thinking caps on! This can be anything from helping you build a piece of furniture, fixing something around the house or any other project that involves being resourceful.
3. Assign Age-Appropriate Chores
It’s best to assign chores that supplement what they’re learning at home or school. For example, things like washing their hands before every meal, eating a good breakfast and picking up their toys are great chores for toddlers since they’re further developing their motor skills and building good habits.
4. Give Praise
It’s important to create a positive association with chores. Be sure to praise your little one often after they help you, a relative or a friend to give them a boost of confidence and encourage them to continue practicing good deeds.
5. Establish a Reward System
Rewards are great motivators! Keep in mind that rewards don’t always have to be toys, candy or money. A dinner of choice, a trip to the beach or a fun, messy science project can also be great prizes for completing their chores.
Whether it’s caring for a pet or cleaning their room, chores are a great way to teach your kids some valuable lessons. Remember to be patient, allow them to figure things out on their own and lead by example!
Don’t forget to download your free printable chore charts.
Here are a few easy to use Magnetic and Dry Erase Chore Charts if you would prefer that to a printable.
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