Families are a work in progress, aren't they? It's all about trying to find what works--sometimes you hit it right on the head the first time, other times it takes a little bit of experimentation before it clicks. When it comes to chore charts, I've been in that experiment stage for a little while, trying to find that one that "clicks". What I've discovered is that we need EASY. As in super easy. We also need it to be small, not take up too much space, have too many components, and not take very long to check things off. When my kids get older, that may change, who knows, maybe we won't even need chore charts anymore, but for now...this is what's working.
First of all, this took less than 10 minutes to make, and I have sticks for five kids in there! Totally easy to make, and effective at our house...a sure winner in my eyes! I love that it's contained in a small container, doesn't take up a lot of space, and the different colors of washi tape make it easy to distinguish each child's sticks.
The concept is just about as easy as you an get--turn the stick over when you're done! Three of my kids using the system can read, but my two youngest boys are 4. I thought about using pictures, but we're working on letters and sounds a lot, and I'm using this to help them do that. So...I decided not to. However, if your children are younger than 4, or you would rather use pictures, I think you totally could! You could draw a cute picture, or get clipart and print it out small enough to fit on the craft stick, then mod podge it on.
So...this is how I put it all together!
-washi tape, a different color for each child
-jar or pail
1. Wrap pieces of washi tape around the top of each craft stick you need--a different color for each child.
2. Use the sharpie to write a chore on each stick--making sure to write the chores for each child on their own color of sticks.
3. Place them in a cute jar or pail!
SEE!!! SO easy, and totally inexpensive. I love it, my kids love it, and I think this may be the one! If you're still looking for "the" idea, it's worth a try--who knows, maybe this one will be the one!!