You’re going to love this and your kids will too! I started this in my DIY at Home Summer Camp and my kids started fighting over chores. Parenting win! It is so simple too. Making the Fun Kids Chore Jar is easy and you probably have the items in your house now. So, if you are interested in making a Fun Kids Chore Jar keep reading.
What you’ll need right now to make a Fun Kids Chore Jar:
Large popsicle sticks (I used these)
Permanent Marker (I used these)
Mason Jar (I like this type)
Washi Tape (optional/like this)
To make the Fun Kids Chore Jar:
First, determine your chores. This can be chores you want them to do regularly like making their beds or chores you just want help with (or both). That might look like bathing the dogs or emptying the bathroom trash – anything that is not a “regular” chore for your little one.
Next, write each chore on its own stick.
Finally, place them in the jar and have a predetermined time when the kids can come and pick their chore. This will build anticipation and cooperation.
Then you can have them execute the chore and return the popsicle stick. You can add a secondary “done” jar for chores only needing to be completed every few days like watering the plants. Alternately, they can put the color side down; this is a little more involved.
All and all, what I’ve found is there is something about the power of them “picking” their chore, coupled with the surprise of the chore, that really build cooperation with your kids.
Which ultimately is a big help for mom too! Think through the things you need help with that could be delegated to your kids. And taking a few minutes of your time “training” them will alleviate future frustration.
Note: If you don’t think they can do it, you are probably underestimating them. My six year old packs his own lunch. I encourage you to pick a big one and give it a try.
Don’t be shy, I’d love to here your stories if you give it a try!
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