Washi Tape Chore Chart

Feb
28
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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

SUPPLIES:

-craft sticks

-washi tape, a different color for each child

-sharpie marker

-jar or pail

DIRECTIONS:

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!

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!!

Simply Kierste
Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and most of her posts revolve around making her home a beautiful, organized, and fun place to be. 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. 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. 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. 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!
    Jenny

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

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