I decided to work on giving him some responsibility with an easy to read daily chore chart. Since he can't read yet, pictures were a must. I included the words for the added reading practice. With the chores split between morning and bedtime, this has the added bonus of also teaching a beginning concept of time.
My son has always been very responsive to reward systems, so I also made a reward chart to go with the chores.
|download blank version here|
Each day he gets half of a star colored in for his morning chores, and the other half for his evening chores. There are 40 stars, and when he is done then he will get a Buzz Light Year Action Figure that he has been asking for.
The little bear just loves the whole set up. He wakes up every morning and makes his bed without me even saying anything. He loves that Buzz is right there on his chart to remind him to be a good Space Ranger.
These chores are pretty basic, but I think they are a good start for toddlers. I have included links so that you can download a PDF of the chores and the reward chart. Please note that the reward chart is blank. I left a space at the top for your child's name, as well as a spot at the bottom for their reward. Get creative and use what ever works for your child!
I hung the stars as is on the wall of my son's room where he cannot reach it, then use a crayon to color in the stars. For the chores, I mounted that on a piece of 12x12 card stock and then covered the page with clear contact paper to make it a little more permanent. We are 20 days in and both are holding up really well.
What kind of chores did you start your little ones out with? Do you find that having charts like this helps?
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