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Children’s Chore Charts

Submitted by on January 10, 2009 – 3:50 am12 Comments | 137,576 views

Vanessa and I were watching an episode of “Sid: The Science Kid” and he was talking about how he hated charts – especially chore charts.  The entire episode explored the concept of charts and I casually mentioned to Vanessa that maybe we could start a chore chart to get her motivated in doing chores.

After some research on the web and some filtering through my JA (Junior Achievement) material – because they are afterall, a great resource for financial literacy, I decided that moving forward with an age appropriate chore chart and the correct incentives would be beneficial for my developing child.

So basically what I’ve done is created chore icons (that are age appropriate, but not always necessarily chores – like brushing teeth) which can be inserted into a microsoft word template and then printed out.  Keep in mind that some are not really chores, they are merely things to do to begin developing healthy habits (like brushing teeth).

The concept works like this:

  • There are only 5-6 chores available on a chart (at the current time)
  • Each week the chore chart starts anew (laminate the chart to reuse)
  • As Vanessa completes a chore each day, she gets either a smiley face or a sticker for that corresponding chore + day
  • At the end of the week, we count up all the faces or stickers and I give her $0.50 Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) for each count
  • We then divy up the money into 3 jars with the following percentages: SPENDING (70%), SAVING (20%), and CHARITY (10%)
  • She can then use her SPENDING money on whenever she wants, but we progress to introduce the idea that if she wants something big, she will have to save up for it
  • Thus her introduction to financial literacy and doing her fair share of work
  • Mind you, if we’ve got 5 chores a day, within one year she can save $638.75 HKD!!  That’s a mighty amount for a 3-year old!

Below is a list of chore icons that I’ve drawn for Vanessa’s chore charts.  Some she won’t be able to do until she’s a bit older, but there are a few items that she’s completely capable of managing.  I’ve made it in black & white so that she can colour the chore chart herself to give it some personal touch.

Feel free to use the chore chart icons if you think it will help your kid learn about life, work and financial literacy.  You can also download the template and use as you see fit.

Chore Chart + Icons  


Download the zipped icons here and download the WORD chore chart here.

You can give different names for the icons as you wish, but I’ve trid to be generic about some of the chores and make it look like that chore, but of course, everything is open to interpretation with children.

 Brush Teeth  Clean Up Toys  Finish Homework  Fold Laundry

 Hang Laundry  Make Bed  Put Away Books  Set Table

 Put Away Shoes  Sort Dirty Laundry  Sweep/Mop Floor  Wash Dishes

Water Plants Get Mail/Newspaper Put On/Take Off Jacket Feed Pet(s)

Wash Hands Go Potty

I will continue to update this with chore icons as I think of them, but this is all I’ve got right now – so check back a bit later and maybe I will have more creative juices flowing.  If you’ve managed to implement a successful chore chart system, I’d like to hear about it.  How long did your system last?  I’m praying for 6 months once I get back to Hong Kong in a few days.

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  • Tracy says:

    Wow Li, this is a FANTASTIC idea! Hope I can use this with Natalie, too. Does she understand the concept completely? It’s such a “grown-up” thing for her… I still remember her as a baby :)

  • Amy Vilis says:

    I very much like your icons for your chore charts. I was able to access the word file but not the zipped file. I would love to have all the icons ans the word file only contains a few. Anyway you could send an email with the rest ???

    Thanks So much

  • Tracy Hilde says:

    I, too, really like the icons, but when I download the zip file it has a .rar extension and my computer doesn’t recognize it. Any chance you could email the icons to me?

  • SherrySam says:

    I’ve found that the virtual chore chart works for me. I use a site called Handipoints chore charts to make printables and it’s really been fun so far!

  • Jessica says:

    Thank you so much! I added a “Say Prayers” icon to my list. I’m going to put it on some cute scrapbook paper, frame it and let the kids check off their chores with a dry erase marker.

  • Mikal says:

    Hello! Thank you so much for this! This is a great chart and some great advice. I can’t wait for my kids to use this.

  • Teresa says:

    How about one for helping make a lunch? My Daughter is in Grade one and we try to get her to pack her lunch for school

  • Cara says:

    Thanks so much for this. Awesome. Have been trying to work out how to get my boy to get everything done before school and am sure this will help.
    Do you have a chore picture for ‘eat breakfast’!

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  • Louise says:

    After I spent hours on the internet looking for the right pictures and ‘feel’ – I found this and love it! Thank you!

  • Megan says:

    This is awesome! May I request an icon for diaper changing without fussing?

    We just started the chore chart last week, and the thrill of stickers is enough to get my two year old to go to bed without fighting! Wow!

  • Ruth says:

    Thanks so much! I was looking for a simple picture chore chart and this one fit my needs perfectly!

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