KID FRIENDLY - DIY RESPONSIBILITY CHART
First New Project of the Year!
It is the beginning of a New Year which means it's time to make new changes to help your families lives. My boys are very active little ones with big imaginations and they love to staying busy. With those big imaginations comes big messes and a lot of complaining when it’s time to clean up time. So I created a way for them to help me and in turn help themselves around the house.
I call it my: RESPONSIBILITY CHARTS.
I believe that this will help us as a family not only now but also in the long run by creating habits of routine and organization. As my boys grow bigger, stronger and wiser having a routine will only make their lives easier. As they grow they get busier and busier. This chart will help teach them the importance of taking care of themselves and their surroundings.
The idea of this chart is when each responsibility is done they "check" it off the list. I am a list maker. I make a list of my to-dos and seeing those items getting checked gives me a great feeling of accomplishment. I created this fun chart to give my boys that same sense of accomplishment.
To start I made a list of the responsibility that I think will be best for my boys. Of course, this will vary from household to household but this is what works best for us. I divided my list into Morning, Afternoon, Night, and a Chore List. Here is what my list consisted of:
Bathroom: Potty , Wash Face, Brush Teeth, and Comb Hair
Put PJs away
Clean Lunch Box
Reading /Flash Cards
Bath/ Wash Face, Brush Teeth, Potty
Pick up Dirty Clothes
Wipe down Bathroom
Put Clothes Away
Pick up Toys
Take out Trash and Recycle
Set Table and Clear Table
You can buy these type of charts but naturally I didn't want to spend too much. So I began by rummaging through my garage looking for items I had lying around. You will need the following:
Metal Sheet: I used an old medical trays that I purchased many years ago at a thrift store. If you don’t happen to have an old metal trays laying around cookie sheets are a great alternative and most craft stores sell small metal sheets.
Magnets: I got my from Dollar Store.
Stickers: Just to decorate the magnets so they’re a little more fun. I found emoji stickers for that. I also found ABC stickers which I decided to use for the boys names on each of their charts.
Step 1: Clean the metal sheets with a Clorox wipe and spray paint in the desired color. Let it dry.
Step 2: Put stickers on the magnets and their names on the dry meal tray.
Step 3: Write your list. As I said I divided mine in sections.
Three easy steps and if your kiddos are as excited as mine you will LOVE this simple project.
CHECK IN: I have had the chart done for a week and it has been great! Both boys love it. I’m not yelling and repeating myself over and over. Our mornings have been so much smoother. To the boys it feels like a game, they are excited to get things done which makes me excited. I see sense of pride every time they accomplish a task which makes me one proud mama!