I recently implemented a chore chart system for kids that I think is actually HELPING in my house and I had to write a little blog post about in case you felt like you needed something to use in your house as well. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been using this chore chart that I found online – and laminated because that’s how serious I am right now – and the children are 100% invested in the process. It feels like a big game to them. I think that’s the number one trick. Make it fun. Keep it entertaining. And always remain consistent. I’ll explain our chore chart system in complete details below.
Chore Chart System For Kids – Includes Tickets As Rewards
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You will need only a handful of items to get this system started. I chose to use literal tickets that you would find at a fair or an amusement park. I bought them at Party City or Amazon – something like that. I printed a picture chore chart that worked for my family and the age of my children. Every family will want to customize what they need. I have children around 5-7 years old. There are plenty of free options online. You should really go and find one that best suits your needs. Or if you’d like, you could make your own. All you really need to do is make a list and assign values to each line item.
Chore Chart Examples
On my chore chart, every line item that my children have to do is associated with a ticket value. The harder chores are linked with more tickets. So, for example, brushing your teeth will reward you 3 tickets… but cleaning up the dining room table might earn you 5. You could absolutely create a system that truly makes sense for you. In fact, it might make better sense for you to create your own chore chart because you know what your family needs help with! Here are some ideas that you could include:
Chore Chart Ideas – Nice Behaviors
- Make your bed
- Say a compliment
- Clean your room
- Get dressed on your own
- Tidy up the living room
- Take out the garbage
- Hang up the towels
- Put your laundry away
- Clear the table
- Comb your hair
- Eat dinner without complaining
- Go a full day without electronics
- Play with the dog/cat/family pet
- Help with your sibling
- Do extra reading before or after school
Chore Chart Ideas – Negative Behaviors
- Being mean
- Being rude
- Making a mess
A note about negative behaviors – you don’t have to include these. The chore chart I chose actually already had a column in place for them. You don’t have to add them to your routine. This is completely optional.
How To Hand Out The Tickets
When you notice a behavior, you have to acknowledge it immediately and you have to reward it immediately. That’s how this system works. And you know what? You have to do it every single time. I found that the hardest part about working a chore chart and making sure that it is successful falls on US. We – as parents – are the ones that make it work or make it BOMB. It’s our inconsistencies. Every lie. Every bed made. Every time they comb their hair – they all earn or lose a ticket. If they notice that their actions aren’t being noticed, then they will stop participating.
We had a little jar for each child that was clear and visible at all times. They could see how many tickets they had and – at times – they would ask to count them. This acted as an incentive! If they wanted to count their jars, I would always let them. There is something fun about knowing you are close to a prize.
Chore Chart Prize List
Ok, here is where it gets fun! You can make a prize list for your children to aim for. Add whatever you think will keep them on task. Here are some things I have on my list.
- Alone time with mommy or daddy
- Day at the mall
- Reading a book of your choice
- Movie night – your choice
- Dessert after dinner
- Dollar Store visit – Choose a toy
- Weekend matinee at the movies – high ticket value
You catch the drift. You can assign ticket values for each line item. Some you can make really easy to win – consider these low hanging fruit. Consider these things that will ensure that your children will want to stay in the game. The harder ones – like a weekend matinee – will cost your children a lot of tickets. So, they will have to save up! The reason why I make it hard is because it costs me LITERAL money.
The Chore Chart Reward System Review
Liam is SO OBSESSED with wanting to get tickets that he is all ABOUT THIS CHART. This child wants ALL THE TICKETS. It’s hilarious! I allow my children to earn extra tickets for doing more reading or math practice after school and he does it every single day. Hopefully, it will just become part of his daily habits.
I ended up laminating my entire system because I knew that their sticky little hands would be all over the pages over and over again. That’s up to you! You don’t have to go crazy like ME. You could just make a list and hang it on your fridge. But you need two pages. One page is your ticket prices and one page is your reward prices. That’s ALL YOU need to begin. Then, you need something to act as tickets. They don’t have to be what I used. They could be M&Ms for all I care. Just think of something. Buttons, pennies – you catch my drift. But if it’s something that your children can get their hands on, make sure that they can’t access their jars when you aren’t around. You won’t want them sweetening their pots when you aren’t looking. I liked the tickets because I knew I had complete control over the system.
What do you think about this idea? Something you’d try? Would love to hear.