Looking for a simple chore chart? This DIY chore chart uses tickets as rewards which can be traded in for prizes, cash or other treats and allows you to adjust the categories or reward amounts easily.
First grade is upon us and I’ve noticed a few changes from last year. One, there is significantly more homework – too much if you ask me. I’m going to give you the old “when I was in first grade” line and it’s totally true. Two I’ve noticed that Kayla’s teachers are using a ticket based reward system and the kids seem entranced by it. So I figured why not try the tickets out at home and create our own chore chart to tackle the things that are making me NUTS. This simple chart uses some basic supplies from the Target dollar section and is very easy to make. Here’s how I did it:
For my DIY chore chart you’ll need:
- A clipboard
- A hot glue gun
- Some paper tickets
- Scissors (these are my favorite!)
- My printable for the chores or you can just write yours on pieces of paper or card stock.
I started by laying out the clothespins so I could space them evenly and ensure I had room for tickets to hang from them.
Once I liked the layout I plugged in the hot glue gun and glued them down. Amazingly I didn’t burn myself. Not even once!
Next I created this printable of different chores I want Kayla to do. Some were simple things she really should be doing anyway for herself (sigh) and some were more central to helping around the house with communal chores. My logic was that initially I’d get her used to doing things like the “morning routine” without me having to pester her 47 times to get dressed, brush her teeth, brush her hair, etc. and then I’d swap it out for something “harder” and it would no longer be a ticket earning activity. Though really, I’ll give the child a ticket every day until she’s 30 if it means mornings are less hectic.
To attach the chore circles I used glue spots which could be removed so the chores could easily be swapped out.
I then decided how many tickets each chore would earn. On my DIY chore chart some are one ticket and some are two. Obviously you can do as many or as few as you feel works. You’ll want to come up with an easy to understand system for your child. Maybe 20 tickets earns them a choice from a treasure chest of dollar section prizes. Perhaps it’s a trip to the local ice cream store. Maybe you let them trade in those tickets for some cash money that they can spend however they please.
This is definitely an opportunity to involve your child in determining what’s fair and what type of rewards they would like to work towards earning.
Think you might want to try this out but aren’t totally ready just yet? You can pin the image below and it will be waiting for you when you’re ready!