As kids get older, it's important to let them take charge of a few things around the house (even if it's just for mom and dad's sanity). Chore charts can be a perfect way to help kids remember what their responsibilities are, and help them stay on track while completing their list of chores.
We've come up with a super-simple, eye-catching way to create a chore chart for your home. It just takes a few materials, and it's completely customizable. You can add your child's favorite colors, patterns, and even their name. Give them a little ownership over the project and let them help you create it before you hang it up and assign chores for the week.
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Equipment / Tools
- Metal baking pan
- Glue gun
- Computer and printer
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Pen (optional)
- Spray paint
- Washi tape
- Alphabet stickers
- Printable magnetic paper
- Chore chart printable file
For this project, make sure that you have a baking pan that is magnetic. You'll also need some printable magnetic paper, which you can find at a craft store or online. Download our printable chore chart file and you'll be all set to get started.
Once you've downloaded the printable chore chart file, print it on the magnetic paper. Be sure to do a test first with your printer to ensure that the file is printing properly.
Trim Into Magnets
Use scissors or a paper cutter to trim the magnetic paper into rectangular magnets, each containing its own chore. There is a set of blank rectangles if you have additional chores that aren't included in our printable. If this is the case, simply use a pen to write in your desired chores, one on each rectangle.
Prep the Baking Pan
The baking pan will serve as the main portion of the chore chart. In a well-ventilated area, give the front and sides a coat of spray paint and let it dry thoroughly. If another coat is needed, repeat that process. Once completely dry, use the washi tape to create a "T" shape on the center of the pan, separating it into three sections: upper, lower left, and lower right.
Using your alphabet stickers, add lettering to label the board. In the upper section, you can spell your child's name, "Chore Chart," or pretty much anything you like. Label the left section "to-do" and the right section "done."
Add a Hanger
Use the glue gun to apply a large dot of hot glue to the back of the pan on either side, toward the top. Cut a length of ribbon and sink both ends into the dots of glue. Allow it to dry thoroughly.
Hang and Assign Chores
Hang your chore chart somewhere that your child can reach it. Apply the appropriate magnets to show them which chores they're responsible for that day or week. Put them on the "to-do" side, and as your child completes the chores, they can move the magnets to the "done" side. Enjoy your clean house.