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Blank Chore Charts for Kids

Updated on February 27, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Why would anyone be interested in blank chore charts? Perhaps you have previously had money in the budget for household help and changes in finances necessitate a change. Perhaps your children are of an age where they could and should be contributing to the upkeep of the house and you are having trouble keeping track of who was supposed to take out the trash. Whatever the reason, free kid’s chore charts are a big help to a busy mom.

You can create you own easily with any spreadsheet program but there are so many available that just require a click of the mouse to print out that you might as well enjoy the fruit of someone else’s labor.


Tips for Using Kids Chore Charts

There are a number of ways to use the chore chart. Some are designed to be used one per child while others are created to schedule several children. Some list the chores and require the parent to put a sticker in a space for each chore that is successfully completed. Others just have blank areas where different chores can be written down.

Which type you choose will depend on the needs of your family. Some things to consider are:

  • Age of the children-very young children, and those up to about age 6 or so, do best with an individual chart and sticker method. Generally you will give a treat for a completely filled chore chart. That reward could be a privilege, money, or other items.
  • Reading ability- some chore charts have pictures rather than words. These are perfect for non-readers.
  • Number of children- If you have several children doing chores you will want to decide whether you want to assign chores on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
  • You can also laminate your chore chart so that you can write what you want on it and then clean it off for using over and over again.
  • Websites often disappear overnight so keep a master copy or two of each chore chart that you like. This way you can ensure that you always have one to copy.

Blank Chore Charts to Print

Following are websites that offer blank chore charts to print out and use. Look at several and decide which is most helpful for your family.

Using the Chore Chart

Once you have a chore chart and you have decided on the chores that you will assign to your children you should go over your plans with them so they understand what is expected. Believe it or not, you can make this fun. Try not to set up a competitive situation between siblings but encourage team work. For example rather than having a prize for the child that completes the chart have an incentive for the chores all being completed.

Start slowly if your children have not had chore assignments in the past. You will probably need to work with them for a few weeks until they are confident in their own abilities and you are sure they understand what you want.

Keep the chart in an easy to remember spot, the refrigerator or a family bulletin board is ideal.It may take a few weeks, be patient and you will soon see the benefit of using chore charts with your children.


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      MSM Roofing 6 years ago

      what the... my kids are doing there jobs finaly they have not done that for a long time i love chore charts they are AWESOME i love them

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      Adam 7 years ago

      Thanks for the post. It was very informative!

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      Leanne 7 years ago

      It is a good tip to keep copies of chore charts that you like. You never know what will happen!

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      lchadder 8 years ago

      Yes I too tried these customized chore charts for my kids. They were too excited to have the allowances modified according to the chores done and enjoyed the bonuses too. has changed the attitude of my kids towards work. It is now up to them to work out and get their allowances.

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      James Ginn 8 years ago from Ohio

      This is a great idea. All of my boys are under four years old and we are working through potty training. We use stickers as a reward and they can chart their progress on the fridge. I am going to use some of the other methods you discuss when it comes time to assign chores. Thanks.

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      SaraJVan 8 years ago from Katy, Tx

      If I can only get my husband to use it!

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      A chore chart -- a fantastic idea! I have 7 children and it's nearly impossble to keep the flow of housework and chores all organized. Currently, I use 3 large (3' x 4') dry erase boards for activities like sports, clubs, field trips, meeting, conferences, etc. I will be shopping for these chore charts in the next few weeks...especially before school begins again! Thanks for the great info!!!

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      We're in the process of seeing how to set up our chore charts. The kids surprise every day. it was hard to imagine the 10 year old ready to mow the lawn himself.

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      caitlinlea 8 years ago from Texas

      WONDERFUL hub!! Thanks for posting....:-)