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Friday, March 25, 2011

Kid's Chore Bucket/List

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This one is such a great idea. 
 The kiddies get to pick which chores they want to do! Just think, it may even get them to try to 'out do' each other, or even race to do certain chores(bigger reward) before the other one(s) can. 
Check em out below.
 My inspiration came from Jami over at Freckled Laundry how clever is she!?!
You will need 
1 main chore bucket, then
1 bucket per child
pack of craft sticks
chalkboard paint
painter's tape
paint brush
chalk marker
Put the painter's tape on your buckets to mark off where you want the chalkboard paint to go, and paint your sticks. I did one coat on the sticks and 2 horizontal coats on the buckets.
Below is the paint I used
Let them dry overnight between coats & before removing tape. 
Once dry remove the tape.
Uhhhh not what I was expecting to see.  =(
 I guess I will try some of that frog tape for future projects.... 
That's what'm here for, so you can learn from my mistakes. ( I will not be using blue tape again.)
The chalkboard bleed easily scraped off of the bucket (I just hope the part I want to stay doesn't come off so easily.)
I bought these Chalk Markers from Michael's.
Use them to write on your buckets & sticks.
(Why not regular chalk you ask? I tried that and it comes right off. Not good for when little hands with be reaching in to find their chore of choice and smear it)
OK, so as I become more comfortable with my blog I will reveal more about myself and my family, our identities, photos, & whatever else.  
I was going to label these #1, #2, #3, #4 but decided to put their names. Though the 2 little ones are too young to use this, I am hoping it'll work like a charm and it'll be something we continue to use.
I labeled them with the chore on one side(make as many of the same chores as you want to get done in a one week period.)
 I made 7x Set Table, 
7x Clear Dishes, 
1x for Trash day,
 1x vacuum(just realized I put an extra "c" -oops),
 1x Sweep,
 7x Recycle Bin,
 7x Pick up toys.
  On the flip side of the stick I put the $ amount each chore was worth.  You can customize them with whatever chores you deem deserving of reward & what that reward will be. 

 My husband and I do not feel that brushing your teeth, manners, or making their beds were things that were deserving of a monetary reward, 
but rather those(among others) are things that they should just do. 

So pretty simple right?
 It may just be what your family needs to get the kiddies excited about helping out!
 As each chore is completed (to the parents satisfaction) they put that stick into their bucket. 
At the end of the week you tally up what they've earned and drop the sticks back into the main bucket and you are ready to start again the next week! 
 Awesome =D


Oh one more thing......one downside to the chalk marker.....
it doesn't come off completely. 
I used a wet cloth as recommended but this is how it looked after.
 Hmmm for $12.99 a pack of 4 I was hoping for more. 
Just a heads up for you. 
So where as the white showed up better on the black chalkboard,  the colored markers came off almost completely when needed.

I'm partying here



  1. I didn't know there were chalk pens - that's awesome - thanks for the heads up on the washing off.

  2. I love this! I have always struggled with how to get my kids to do chores and how to manage allowance. I have done charts, stones (one for every chore), etc. etc. I might give this one a try with the kids help. Great family project.

    Stephanie (Full of Great Ideas)

  3. Your buckets turned out very cute! Thanks for mentioning my blog. I appreciate it. As for the paint markers...I find that if you prime the chalkboard surface first with real chalk (by laying the chalk on it's side & rubbing it all over, then wiping it off) the chalk markers won't leave behind that faint imprint after you write & want to wipe it off. Something I just learned!

  4. @Stephanie So far so good, I'm keeping my fingers crossed =D

  5. @freckled laundry Thanks, great tip! I knew about needing to prime when using chalk so I guess it only makes since for the markers too, right? Thanks for the heads up!

  6. This is such a great idea! Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

  7. @SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime Thank you! I'm glad you like it! Thanks for hosting =D

  8. Hey girly, this is a brilliant idea. Love the simplicity of it. I added this to my KIDS IDEAS board on Pinterest.I would LOVE to invite you to check out my new PINTEREST BOARDS let me know what you think!!

    I would also be happy to link up to your new party. I have just the thing to share too.

    Thanks for stopping by today!

    I'd love if you linked this up. It's awesome!!!
    Bella :)**AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After

  9. @Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com Bella you're awesome, thanks so much! I will definitely check out your Pinterest boards. I hope you have a wonderful day! I can't wait to see what you link =D


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