We’ve been using this particular chore system for several years and it works great for us. I love that it easily grows with our family and the kids’ increasing responsibility and ability levels.
Our system consists of a chore chart and chore cards. The chore chart is simply a poster board with two library card pockets for each child: a “to-do” and a “done.” It looks like this (yes, the colorful artwork was professionally done by me…lol):
I got most of the pictures from Barry’s Clip Art. (Note: Barry’s Clip Art appears to now be a subscription site, so you may have to search elsewhere for free clip art.)
After pasting the pictures on the cards and writing the chores out on the back, I laminated the cards with 3-M laminating pages. This was a recent update from the previous method of contact paper “laminating.” The 3-M pages are quite a bit more expensive than contact paper, but they make the cards MUCH sturdier. And, I have to confess, it’s more aesthetically pleasing – not one of my more frugal moments, but well worth it, in my opinion.
What I love best about our chore system is that it’s so flexible. Not every chore needs to be done every day, so there’s no chart with a big empty square for that day. I just place the cards in the slots for the chore that need to be completed that particular day. This also makes it very easy to rotate chores among the kids.
Have you found a chore system that works well for your family?