Washi Tape Chore Chart

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.

washi tape chore chart | simplykierste.com

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 chore chart | simplykierste.com


-craft sticks

-washi tape, a different color for each child

-sharpie marker

-jar or pail (use one for all, a separate for each child)


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! You can do one jar or pail, or a separate one for each child--whatever works best for you!

washi tape chore chart | simplykierste.com

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!!

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Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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  1. Rachel O says:

    I love this idea! I am curious: what sorts of chores are ont he sticks? Are they daily chores, weekly chores, or both? Thus far our little fanily has a chart that rotates weekly. On it they have a list of daily chores as well as a weekly chore they are responsibl;e for during Saturday morning ‘clean up’. Its ok, but I’ve been wanting to revamp and find a new system. My older three kids (10, 8, & 7) are ready for more chores, I think. Thanks for all your fun ideas!! Love your blog!!

    • Hi, Rachel! My kids have the same chores every day, including Saturday. I include things like make bed, clean room, putting away the dishes, emptying trashes, practicing the piano and violin, laundry, picking up toys, etc. Every day I also have an “extra chore” stick. On Saturdays it will be a little more involved–like mowing the lawn, doing baseboards, windows, etc., and during the week it’s more low-key. It gives me the flexibility to use it differently, depending on the day. You could make a stick for each child with each rotating weekly chore, and then just change them up each week. I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please let me know! Thanks for dropping by!!! xo

  2. Jenny says:

    Love this. So do you have them pull the sticks every day? Like making the bed or brushing their teeth? How do you ensure they do the daily ones and then weekly ones? Thanks

    • They do pull the sticks every day. My kids have the same chores every day, even the weekends, so I don’t have to worry about that. There is always an “extra chore” in there, and on the weekends I do a different extra chore than I would during the week. It has really simplified the process for us!! Thanks for dropping by!! xo

  3. I only have one child old enough for chores and I’ve been so bad at teaching her to do them. Sat down and made these chore sticks and I”m excited to try this. Do you have incentives for those who complete all their chores each day, like tv watching privileges, edt? I want to get a system in place so by the time our next child is old enough it won’t be such a battle…or maybe it will. Love all your creative and fantastic ideas.

    • Yes–we do have incentives. They get “points” for finishing all of their jobs each day, and those points can go toward extra TV/computer time, a trip for ice cream, etc. But honestly, they have to get jobs done during the day before they get to do other things–i.e., making their beds before they eat breakfast, or picking up the playroom before we eat dinner. It gets us in a routine, but it also teaches them to get jobs completed. Once I set the expectations, and follow through with it, they know that’s how it is. Good luck!! It’s always tricky trying to find something that clicks, and works for your family. Thanks so much for stopping by–hope to see you again soon!! xo

  4. Kierste,
    These sticks are so cute, and a great idea to start chores with my 4 year old. I guess it’s time! :) PINNED!

  5. Jenny says:

    I have 5 children ages 4-10 and have been looking for a chore chart for a while. Can you please explain exactly how and when they pull their sticks? Sorry for not getting it. But, for example, I see brush teeth. So do you have a morning jar, after school jar, and bedtime jar? I just don’t understand how you get them to pull the correct stick at the appropriate time. Thanks!

    • Sure!! I only posed all of the sticks in one jar for the picture. :) I have five kids doing chores too, and that’s just too many sticks for that one jar. So…they each have their own jar filled with their own chore sticks, with the word end pointing up. They have two sticks that say brush teeth, and for any other task that’s done twice. When they finish a task, they turn it over, so the washi tape is on the top, and it’s “checked off”. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!!!

  6. Hannah says:

    I love these…I am a kindergarten teacher and this has given me an idea for some activities in my classroom. Thanks!

  7. Vickie says:

    This only shows how to make them but doesn’t show how this works.

    • The nice thing about these is that they can be used in a way that works best for your household, but this is how it works at our house:

      Each child has an assigned color with their chores. We start with the sticks with the words pointing up, and when they’re completed, they turn them upside down! Super easy! You can use separate jars for each child, or one jar with everyone’s–just depends on what works the best for you.

      If you have any other specific questions, please let me know!! Thanks for dropping by!! xo1

  8. I love this idea. I struggle with my 12 year old son as I tried to start chores way too late and he refuses to do much but if you can give me tips that would be great…

    • It’s not too late. :) This is what I would suggest:

      1. Set specific chores for him, and explain them in a very clear way–not only the chores, but why he needs to do them. (Part of a family, everyone helps maintain the home, responsibility, learning self-reliance and independence,etc.) For a 12 year old, I would say keeping his room clean, picking up after himself (not leaving backpacks and shoes around) helping with the dishes (loading and unloading the dishwasher), taking out the trash, helping with dinner, vacuuming, cleaning his bathroom and picking up parts of the house would all be potential chores, and any others that are specific to your home (pets, etc.)

      2. Give a timeline for the chores, and set a consequence for them not being finished. In our house, we don’t eat dinner until things are picked up! My kids also can’t watch tv, play on the computer, or play with friends until their chores/homework is complete.

      3. BE CONSISTENT. This is definitely the hardest part, but it’s the most important. Be firm, and follow through on any consequences that you set, or he will know that you don’t mean it. Once they know you’re serious, you might still get complaints and a fight about it, but it’s usually easier. Be patient–this might take some time, but it’s definitely possible!

      You can do this!! If you have any other questions, let me know. I’m planning a whole post on chores within the next month or so, so stay tuned! xo

  9. This is great! My kids (5 and 7) have different homework assignments depending on the day, so I’ve adapted this to them and given each their own jar, each with 5 colors of sticks. My kindergartner has to read a book, practice sight words, and do a math worksheet every Monday, so I’ve wrapped those three with green tape. Tuesday’s homework assignments are different, and they’re yellow. There are also chores like putting his water bottle in the dishwasher and emptying out his backpack that are done every day, and they’re included too.

    Thanks for the great, simple idea!

  10. This is such a clever and original idea! I love it! I still don’t have any motivating system for getting my kids involved in the housework but this one seem great! Thanks you for the post!

  11. Tyhetia says:

    So once they’ve pull an extra chore stick do they do pull another stick with a chore on it or do I make up a chore off my brain at the moment?

    • Great question! I don’t have them choose another stick for an extra chore, because I almost always have in mind something that I want them to do. You could absolutely have another jar with extra chore sticks, however it works best for you! I also like having one for chores that I’ll pay money for–so if they want to earn a little extra money, they know what they can do. xo

      • Ilene says:

        Do your kids have the chance to earn money everyday? Also mine (7, 6 and 3) tend to “forget” their chores. Is there a consequence for not doing chores? Do they “earn” points for each day they complete all their chores?
        Thanks for the great ideas!

        • They don’t have the chance to earn money every single day–it depends on how busy the day is. They have it often enough though, and almost always on the weekends–but only after their regular chores are finished.

          As far as consequences, most of ours are immediate, and result in the loss or delay of a privilege–for example:

          1. They need to come home, hang up their backpack, empty out their folder, and put their shoes in their basket. They don’t get a snack until the do, and that’s usually all the motivation they need. :)

          2. No “free” time until their chore/homework is done. That means no playing with toys, computer or other screen time, tv shows, etc. They don’t ever just want to sit and do absolutely nothing, which is their option, so they get their chore done! :)

          If I have to fight them on it, they lose privileges for screen time, playing with friends, etc. We do have good behavior punch cards, and if they do really well with their chores–not arguing, doing them quickly-they get a punch. Punches add up to fun rewards! Here’s the link: http://simplykierste.com/2015/02/good-behavior-punch-cards.html

          Good luck! Let me know if you have another questions– :)

          • Ilene says:

            Thank you this is helpful. I have tried many chore charts and nothing has stuck yet. but i think this one i can handle. I just want to clarify on the whole points system. Do they get points everyday for completed chores? and they can trade the points in for lets say a movie by the weekend? It sounds like you help your children succeed which is great! Are you all day long asking if they have completed their chores?

            • You can set it up just how you want it to work, and I think a punch a day for getting chores done is perfect. Then by the end of the week, they can trade those in for a movie, fun treat, extra screen time or anything you want to do.

              I do remind them about their chores, but really, they are motivated because they can’t do anything else until they’re done! I just let them know what the expectation is, and then there are no surprises. If they don’t get any screen time or playtime because they didn’t get them done, that’s their choice. I will help them remember, but I don’t ask them all day long. They’ve just come to know that free time comes after chores.

              Point or punch systems are definitely worth trying, because it motivates them, and rewards good choices. Great questions!! I think it’s about trying a few things, and making tweaks as you go–seeing what works for your family. xoxo

  12. I love this idea!! You should put a pin option on your images so we can easily pin them on Pinterest :)
    Keep up the great work. love your blog. xo.

  13. wait!!! lol. I see the now. drrrr.. haha..

  14. Ashley says:

    Love this idea , I wanna try it .. I have 5 kids .. How would you do it as they all have different things too do and how could you add in things when they don’t talk back no hitting if they do good? My sons has Behavior problems and I am trying to make it fun but help at same time .. They all have different things to work on aswell as dutys. Any ideas that can help ?

    • Hi, Ashley! My kids all have different chores too, so this is how I did it…

      Every child has their own color of washi tape that I put on the end of a stick, and write that child’s chores on their sticks. The color will let each child know that those are their chores. You can use a separate jar for each child, if that makes it easier to read them or keep them separated. And the behavior? I totally get it! I created these behavior punch cards a few week ago, and I love them. They get a punch every time they make a good choice, and then when their punch card is filled, they can choose from the treasure box (box of small prizes) or save their cards for a larger prize like staying up late or going out to lunch with mom or dad. You can read about it here: http://simplykierste.com/2015/02/good-behavior-punch-cards.html

      If you have any other questions, please let me know!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! xoxo

  15. Mandy says:

    Hi there! I had an idea I am going to share. I am going to write the reward on the back of the stick, if they do the chore they get the reward. I love this idea going to try it today, thanks!

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