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 simply 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.