Little C is ready and willing (most of the time) to help me with chores around the house. And, believe me – I need all of the help I can get (even if it’s done by the tiny little hands of a four-and-a-half year old). Last week, we set to crafting a fun, preschool friendly chore chart together. I let her pick a couple of her favourite pieces of scrapbook paper (of course it was sparkly) and we went to work.
The result was this very colourful, glittery chart that now hangs on the side of our fridge in our new kitchen. So far, Little C has been enjoying choosing a glittery heart from the envelope below the chart and velcro-ing it to its spot. I’m hoping the allure of the chore chart won’t wear off too soon!
Here’s how you can make your own (with some free printables for you!):
- 2 12×12″ pieces of cardstock scrapbook paper
- white letter sized cardstock paper
- computer & colour printer
- velcro with adhesive backing
- scissors & glue
- an envelope
Let your preschooler choose a couple of their most favourite pieces of 12 x 12 cardstock. One’s for the back of the chore chart, and one’s for the shapes you’ll use to mark each day.
Next, click here to print off a copy of the chore chart we designed on cardstock paper. You can print off one that has the same chores we do, or click here to print off a copy that you can edit yourself!
Glue this chore chart to the top of one of the 12×12″ pieces of scrapbook paper. At the bottom, you can use an envelope cut in half to store your hearts (or whatever shape you want to use for your day markers) and glue that to one corner.
In the other corner, we chose to print out a Bible verse. If you want to do the same, click here to download our Bible verse graphic (and a fun graphic to put on your envelope if you also want to use heart shapes)!
To make the heart (or whatever shape you want) day markers, trace out or print the shape on the other piece of cardstock and cut the shapes out. Cut some velcro with an adhesive backing into small squares and place the hook side on the hearts and the loop side on the day squares as shown.
Mount the chart on your wall, and you’re ready to help your little one do some chores! We’re going to give Little C a small reward at the end of each week if her chart is filled.
How old was your child when you first started asking them to help around the house?