Summer Chart for Kids

How to Get My Child to Listen

Summer is a wonderful time for relaxing. Many children and their parents favor a break from school routines. However, with more freedom sometimes children can have increase difficulties listening and obeying. Having a summer behavioral chart can help enable enough structure to decrease common behavioral problems in the summer months.

Behavioral Charts

Behavioral charts are also known as reward charts. They help guide your children's behavior in a positive way through goal setting. Behavior charts help children build self-confidence, create a routine, and improve behavior. Parents can create a simple behavior chart for the summer to provide structure and expectations so everyone knows what behavior is expected for the summer.

Reward and Behavior Charts Help Kids:

  • Have clear instructions and expectations
  • Teach goal setting
  • Take responsibility
  • Motivate
  • Track progress
  • Positive feedback

How to Create a Summer Behavioral Chart

Supplies Needed:

  • Poster board
  • Marker
  • Sticky Notes
  • Ruler
  • Glue


My children are always asking for extras during the summer like ice-cream from the ice-cream truck, pool toys, and games. My children earn money from their behavioral chart to spend on toys, movies and summer day adventures. The rewards can be money, stars, prizes or candy. Together with your children decide on what the rewards will be.

Behavior Modification:

Divide the post-it-notes into 6 equal sections. Decide on the behaviors you would like your children to achieve during the summer. Use the chart below to help you come up with some ideas. Choose behaviors they can easily achieve to help motivate success and others that are challenging.

I used 4 different Post-it-note colors dividing the behaviors from easy to hard. The harder the behavior the more money they could earn. I used Post-it-notes so I could easily change the behaviors week to week or month to month if I needed to, without having to remake another chart.

. 05 cent Behaviors

  • Brush teeth
  • Brush hair
  • Take a shower
  • Sweep floor
  • Worksheet

. 10 cent Behaviors

  • Feed the dog
  • Walk the dog
  • Water the dog
  • Make your bed
  • Pick up toys
  • Pick up shoes

. 20 cent Behaviors

  • Eat a vegetable
  • Help dad outside
  • Take out the trash
  • Wipe down countertops
  • Help another family member
  • Help mom with laundry

. 25 cent Behaviors

  • Read 30 min.
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Sleep in your own bed all night
  • Put clothes away
  • Pick up family room
  • Do something nice for someone else

Put the behaviors on the top of the poster board.

On the left hand side of the poster board, make a column going down. Write the summer days in this column.


Find a way to document when each of your children completed the chore. I use two colors pink and blue to represent my two children. Decide if you will pay them at the end of the summer or the end of each week.

Summer Behavioral Chart

Behavior Chart Ideas

Brush Teeth
Sweep Kitchen Floor
Read for 30 Minutes
Eat 2 Servings of Fruit
Sleep in Your Own Bed all Night
Floss Teeth
Pick Up Toys
Do All of Your Homework
Eat 2 Servings of Vegtables
Do Something Nice for Another Family Member
Make Your Bed
Complete 2 Worksheets
Drink 1 Glass of Milk
Use kind words
Brush Hair
Pick Up Shoes
Make 1 Piece of Art Work
Choose Water instead of Soda
Express your feelings with words
Feed the Pet(s)
Empty Dishwasher
Practice Your Music for 30 Minutes
Eat Breakfast
No hitting
Brush the Pet(s)
Take Out the Trash
Exercise for 30 Minutes
Eat Lunch
No whinning
Wipe/Flush the Toliet
Put Clothes Away
Memorize your mutiplication table
Eat Dinner
Be thankful
Walk the Dog
Wipe Down Table/Counter Tops
Watch an educational show
Make good food choices
Do not raise your voice
Get Dressed
Set the Table
Study spelling words
No junk food

Using A Reward Chart

Rules and Rewards

When creating a behavioral chart it is important that everyone knows the rules and rewards. If you, the parent, do not follow through your children will not follow through. Be on top of the behavior chart, motivate your kids so they can have fun and pride in their achievements.

The Rules:

  • You must complete two tasks from each category or no earnings for that day
  • One of the tasks must be a * task or no earnings for that day
  • Each worksheet completed correctly earns .05 cents
  • You can do as many worksheets as you want to, but you must complete 2 a day


  • Minimum earned each day by completing 2 items from each category earns $1.25 (Includes 2 worksheets.)
  • Maximum earned each day is $3.65 (plus more for more worksheets)
  • You can earn $3.65 per day
  • Additional earnings can be earned by completing more worksheets
  • There are 72 days you can earn
  • The minimum you can earn in the summer is $90.00
  • The maximum you can earn in the summer is $262.80 (plus more for worksheets)

This behavioral chart made the most sense for our family. Agreeably, $262.80 is a lot of money for a child to earn in the summer. However, all their extra activities including going to an amusement park for one day during the summer comes from their behavioral chart funds.

You can tailor the behavioral chart and rewards that make the most sense for you and your family.

Final note:

On the behavior chart I had the chore, "Feed the dog." Since this was one of the easiest chores, the dog was being fed all day long by both my kids. The dog loved this chore. However, I had to write an amendment to the chart, so the dog was fed only once a day. Using Post-it-notes helps me adjust the chart any time I need to. Also, Post-it-notes allows me to recreate the chores weekly. When the chores change the kids seem to be more motivated to achieve new awards.

Carly Sullens 2013

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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

This is an insightful and valuable article on reward and behavior charts for children. They are certainly useful at this time of the year. You have offered some great tips. Thank you for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri Author

Hi Rose,

As a mom, I find summer charts helpful for my family. It keeps us on task. I have to do less redirecting because all I have to do is point to the chart and they are self motivated. Thank you for stopping by.

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

this is a good idea to get the kids listening instead of yelling. Kids would do anything for money and I do agree that this trick would definitely work out . Voted up

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kansasyarn 3 years ago from Rural Midwest

Although I never used this type of tool when raising my children, I believe it has some great benefits and real world experience value. Essentially, kids are given the task of being good "citizens." They are rewarded in this case financially. Then, they get the lesson of the value of a dollar - their dollar - in choosing which summer activities to take part in. Great idea! Voted up and shared!

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Great hub for parents! They should all be grateful to you for planning their lives. Voted up!

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jabelufiroz 3 years ago from India

Great hub on Summer Chart for Kids. Voted up.

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri Author

Peachpurple, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Finding what motivates kids is this trick, and money is usually a strong motivator for all of us.

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri Author

Karen, Thank you for stopping by. You are right it is teaching kids how to 'work' and earn money and then also decide on how you would like to spend your allowance. Thank you for sharing.

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri Author

MsDora, your comment made me laugh. I hope this can be useful for other parents.

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri Author

Jabelufiroz, Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate you voting it up.

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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I wasn't expecting such a detailed article! Great explanations and comprehensive photos. Thanks for the awesome resource. :)

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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

This is really helpful. I am always trying to think of ways to get my daughter motivated into doing her chores and other things around the house. There is still enough time left in the summer that I could do this. Our dog would probably get fed every hour if my daughter was allowed to.

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CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri Author

Glimmer, I laughed when I read, "our dog would probably get fed every hour if my daughter was allowed to." That is what happened in my family. A behavior chart that makes the dog happy. :) We had to change it to feed the dog at 5:00 pm.

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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Hi CarlySullens. First of all, congrats on your HOTD! Great job. This is a very useful concept I wish more parents would use. I've been using behavioral reinforcement charts for about 20 years with parents I've counseled and mostly with the children at a summer camp I run at my church. I have seen it turn a kid's behavior around in a few days. Very informative hub, voted up and useful.

cheeluarv 3 years ago

Good hub with great ideas,I voted up.

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Aneegma 3 years ago

What a colorful hub! Congratulations. very useful information and excellent writing. Good job.

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BNadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

I've been wanting to make a reward chart for my son and I think this method is awesome! I want him to start earning money for toys, games, activities and trips like the theme park so this is a great way to teach him to earn it. I'll be pinning this, love it :)

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Keeley Shea 3 years ago from Norwich, CT

Love, Love, Love this!!!!! Great article - Great idea! What a wonderfully written hub. Congrats on HOTD!!!!

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MaggieMarie 3 years ago from Western Washington - Puget Sound Area

My husband and I raised our Great-grandchildren for over 3 years. The oldest was 6 when she arrived, and behavioral problems abounded. We used this type of activity to train those behaviors in a positive manner. While it was tough, it worked. Children are never too young to start learning proper behaviors.

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KrystalFAdams 3 years ago from The Tennessee Valley

I don't have children, but this is definitely a great way to get them to learn that there are rewards for obedience.

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NornsMercy 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I totally wish someone did this for me as a kid! I did absolutely nothing but climb trees and melt my brain all summer. :) Congratulations on HotD!!

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raeyecarlos 3 years ago

This reminds me of my childhood. Except there's more stuff in it to get money from. I used to run and play outdoors with other kids, but from time to time I'd go home because Mom and Dad also gave us cash to sweep the floor or massage them or do other little things.

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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Excellent idea! I use one at my home too. We go by the reward system of good behavior makes sense.

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Schoolmom24 3 years ago from Oregon

Very detailed hub with great ideas. When our kids were little, we used a chore chart one year and we came up with "chore tickets" good for treats purchased on the next shopping trip. :)

Anyway, I'm kind of new to Hubs and just wrote on how kids can beat boredom so hope you can stop by!

Voted up!

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abidareacode 2 years ago from Areacode , Kerala, India

A time chart is good for organised use of summer vacation.But I don't agree with payment induced activities. Children should be rewarded for their work.But it should not be in terms of money. Some favourite food or trip or prize etc would do more than cash payment. Great hub for giving an insight to planning the time management.

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

clever ideas. these could get the kids get up and do the tasks without any whining.

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