Each printable chore chart template can be downloaded and used for free. You can also find tips on how to use our chore charts, the chores kids can be expected to do and how to encourage them to actually to do their chores without having to beg!
Free Printable Chore Chart Templates for Kids
Add your child’s name, photo and chore list then print this personalized punch chart.
Suggested age appropriate chore list for kids with a printable chart.
Print your chore chart on a magnetic sheet and it can be used over and over again. You will need to purchase the magnetic paper but it might work out cheaper in the long run since it will last forever. These charts can accommodate many children on one chart and can thus be used in the classroom or as a family chore chart.
A selection of free printable chore charts for boys with Spiderman, Ninjago, Superman, Batman, ninjas and more!
A selection of free printable chore charts for girls with Anna, Elsa, Barbie, Bratz, princesses, fairies and other girly characters!
If you are trying to get your entire family to help out around the house then family chore charts might be the perfect solution. There are various templates for different sized families.
Chore Chart Maker
With this free chore chart maker you can make free printable personalized chore charts with your own photos, titles and your very own custom chore list.
Add your own photo and chore list to this personalized chart.
Create this DIY personalized chore wheel. It can be customized online before you print it and create it. Type in your family name and the chores that you want to allocate and then print and assemble according to the directions.
It’s a fun and fair way to delegate chores!
These black and white chore charts can be colored before you use them. When kids color their own chart it gets them involved and makes the process fun!
These charts are cheaper to print since they use less ink than full-color charts. They are great for teachers who need to print many copies or for those on a tight budget.
Another way to reduce printing costs is to have your chore chart laminated or slide it into a page protector. The chart can then be reused each week without having to print a new copy each week. There are many different kinds of erasable markers that can be used to mark the chores once completed. Some smudge and others don’t. Some are easier to erase than others. Find one that works for you.
If having a new chore chart each week with a different design or character is going to help your kids do their chores then I would print a new copy each week! See what works for you and your family.
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How to use a Chore Chart
The more you involve your child the more successful the entire process will be. Consider holding a family meeting to introduce the chore system and set the rules. List the chores that need to be done together and divide them up fairly taking into account each family member’s responsibilities, capabilities, available time, etc.
Allow your kids to make suggestions on how to successfully implement the chore system. Once you have decided on the implementation, choose a chore chart together (a family chore chart or an individual chore chart for each family member).
This section of the site includes additional info such as: Why use chore charts? How to use them, age appropriate chores and tips on creating a chore list for each child.
If you want your kids to cooperate and help you implement the chore chart system get them involved in the process. Let them choose their chore chart, give them some possible chores to choose from, let them decide when the deadline for chores will be, how many chores they think they can handle, etc. The more involved they are the more they will cooperate. If your child chooses the chore that he has to do then the chances are greater that he will actually do it!
Adapt your chores to your child. You might find that your child is not capable of doing all of the age appropriate chores that other kids his age can do. You might need to teach your child how to pack a dishwasher or how to vacuum. Some kids are simply not capable of doing certain tasks even though they should be able to perfect them. You can try and show him how to do it if you think that it will help but if not it might only cause frustration. There are enough chores that can be done that he can handle. Move on and find something that he can do.
Let your kids choose the prize, privilege or reward that they will receive if they do their chores. They can either each choose a privilege or small prize or something that you do together as a family such as going out for ice cream. You might need to intervene and ensure that the reward is reasonable. Once you have agreed on the reward don’t forget to follow through! You certainly wouldn’t like it if you worked all week and then your boss couldn’t be bothered to give you your salary!
Make sure that your child knows how to do the chores that you are expecting him to do. Sometimes we just assume that they know how do to something and they really don’t. Making a bed, putting dishes in the dishwasher or folding laundry might seem trivial to us but it isn’t self-explanatory. Show them how to do each chore and watch them doing it to make sure that they understand what you expect from them. In the beginning, you can do the chores together to ensure that your child knows exactly what you expect of him.
Use incentives. If your child is not interested in doing chores but does want to do something else you can explain that they can do whatever they want once they have completed their chores. For example, I understand that you want to go over to your friend but you have to tidy your room first. This is often the most effective way to get kids to do something. Some children need instant gratification and they need to know what is in it for them right away.
Start with a few chores and gradually increase them as your child learns to cope with them and gets older. If you have never asked your child to do chores before and you suddenly present him with a chore list it might be a little overwhelming. Start with one or two and gradually increase them as your child becomes more proficient. Make sure that your child is physically capable of doing the chores that you have asked him to do. Some chores seem really simple to us but they are actually quite difficult for kids.
Try and get your family to work together as a team when completing all of the chores that need to be done. It teaches kids how to work together, how to deal with possible conflicts and about being part of a group with a common goal. Often it is easier to have each person do their own chores but learning to work together can actually be a great lesson to teach your kids!
Even young kids want to help out particularly when their older siblings have chores to do. It helps them feel grown up and develops their sense of responsibility and self esteem. You can give him basic chores that even he can do such as picking up toys or feeding your pet. He will feel that he is also contributing and helping out! Sometimes you give your child a chore to do and it actually takes longer than if you would have done it yourself. Be patient. They will become more proficient and it will eventually actually help you.
Be a role model. If your child sees that you or your spouse don’t complete household chores they will do the same. If you decide that chores need to be completed by a specific time then this should apply to everyone. If your child sees you leaving your things around the house then you can’t really expect her to puts her things away.
Hang the chore chart somewhere central where it will be seen by all family members every day. It could be on the fridge, on the front door or even in your kid’s bedroom. If you don’t see the chart you might forget to implement the chore chart system. Consistency is the key! You can either use an individual chart for each child or have a family chore chart for the whole family.
Print a few of our free printable chore charts so that they are ready to use when needed.
Do you use chore charts? Do they help? Please comment below.