I admit to being lured into all those pretty Pinterest-ey chore charts at first. You know the ones – beautiful, efficient, so-organized-and-perfect-that-it-can’t-be-true-kids-use-it-took ones. Luckily, I took a step back for a moment and remembered that in this season, simpler is better. Rather than buy new, to slow down, be creative and use the materials I (mostly) had on hand to figure out something that would hopefully work for our family to motivate the boys to help keep things running smoothly here.
For their ages, they’ve become surprisingly helpful since the arrival of the twins. My littlest guy will jump into folding laundry, changing loads over, emptying the dishwasher. My oldest son will run into the room if he hears the girls crying, etc. They are good kids with, unfortunately for us, expensive Lego taste so it seemed like an appropriate time to give them ways to earn money, to teach them to save and to also reiterate that we have to work hard for what we have. Enter the Magnetic Chore Chart. (Applauds and whistles here!)
You’re right. There isn’t anything new about this chore chart but I hope that I can maybe inspire you to do something similar with your family. If I can do the whole project while simultaneously trying to get two babies down for a nap, I can promise you that you’ve got this, mama.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks (just in case it wasn’t a given!)
- Wooden Disks – I used 1.5″ discs that I had leftover from a party I threw the boys two years ago. Yes, you read that right…
- Round Labels – I used Avery 8293, Matte White High Visibility Labels (Again, I had these leftover from the same party that the wooden discs were from…)
- Small Magnets – 20mm is what I used for these.
- (optional) Magnetic Board – If you don’t want to use your fridge.
The Nitty Gritty
- Start by creating your labels. I don’t have a word processing program that I trust so I opted to use Avery’s Design and Print Online. The directions that follow are for using their software.
- Begin by entering in your Avery product number. (In this case, 8293.) You can also search by type of product in case you don’t have the ID number or are using a generic product.
- Once the template is brought up, you can choose the design you’d like. I went with a simple border to help give definition to the magnets.
- On the right side, you’ll see an option to keep all the labels the same or to edit them individually. Be sure you select to edit each one individually so you don’t end up with a page of a single label. 🙂
- When you’re happy with the labels, save them and print. They’ll download to your computer as a PDF file.
- Once your beautiful labels are printed, you’ll want to peel them off and adhere them to your wooden discs. Easy peasy!
- Using your hot glue gun, dab hot glue on one side of a magnet and gently push it into place on the backside of your wooden discs. (Side note: magnets are messy if they get broken/chipped so be careful!)
- Wait for your magnets to dry. Turn them over, arrange on your magnetic board (or fridge or dishwasher or wherever!) and voila! You have your beautiful new chore board!
See? These couldn’t be simpler!
Or, could they…. ?
Just kidding. They can be. 🙂 I created a more generic version of the labels (in case your dog isn’t named Horton…) so that you could easily adapt these for use at your house. There are also 8 blank labels so you can write in your own chores/rewards!
You can find the labels here.
If you end up using them, let me know by leaving a comment below and sharing a picture of your finished product. I’d love to see what you create!