I'm not sure why I started searching around on Pinterest for ideas but all of a sudden I was finding ideas that were pretty good. I didn't find anything that I loved but I got an idea of what I wanted to do. I thought that it had to be something where the kids could flip over a marker of some sort when they finished the chore and it had to be flexible. They would get really bored (like I do) if they had to do the same thing everyday.
So we made a trip to Hobby Lobby which almost put me in the mental hospital. There are so many fun things to touch and pick up and most of them are incredibly breakable or would make the biggest mess you have ever seen if dropped. Lord help me but we did make it out of Hobby Lobby alive and without serious incident. So we returned home with wooden plaques, some paints, screw in hooks and a mother just that much closer to losing her mind.
That night I gave the plaques a light sanding with superfine sandpaper and then wiped them down with a slightly damp paper towel to get the sawdust off.
technique I found on Pinterest. I printed the names out on the computer in the font and size that I wanted. I lined the paper up and taped it to the board so the name was where I wanted to paint it - tip - if you center the name of the screen before you print it then all you have to do is center the paper and voila! a perfectly centered name! Then I traced the outline of the letters in PENCIL and since the wood is soft, it left and impression in the plaque. After that I used a very small flat brush to edge the letters and fill them in. It took 2-3 coats depending on the darkness of the shade of paint!
cute cards with pictures on them to identify each chore. They range from brushing your teeth to walking the dog to reading for 20 minutes to cleaning the bathroom and lots in between. I hung the chore boards up on the wall using 3M mounting tape - it's like strong velcro and it's really easy to use and reposition so they are all level!
They turned out really well and the kids think that they're great! The cards change daily and some days they will choose the chores they want for the next day and sometimes I choose and it's a fun surprise for them in the morning!! Even Aoife has really gotten in to it and loves to dust - maybe she just loves the feather duster but either way, the dusting gets done - which is better than before!! Once they finish a chore they run to the board to flip over the card and then choose which one they want to do next. Last Friday we went out for ice cream because everyone had done a great job and finished all of their chores and helped me with other projects!
This was a big success! The kids feel like they are contributing to our household and shockingly they are taking care not to make as much of a mess!! Imagine that! I really wish I had done this years ago but here we are - better late than never!