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Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids

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Kids doing chores is always a debate in the parenting world. And not just about if kids should do chores or not, but how often and which chores. If you decide to have your kids do chores, here are some free printable chore charts for kids.

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Chores for Kids

When our kids were younger, we assigned age-appropriate chores to each one. Daily chores included picking up their toys at the end of the day, putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket, and brushing their teeth. I know brushing teeth isn’t technically a chore, but when my kids were younger it was a necessity to list it as one. Not only did it give them a sense of having completed a task but it also helped establish it as a habit.

As they have grown older, the chores have adjusted accordingly, too. Now they are helping more in the kitchen such as unloading the clean dishes from the dishwasher, taking out the recycling to be sorted, and cleaning their bathroom.

I’ve also added in the weekly chores they do every Thursday. On this day, each of the kids dusts and vacuums their rooms, picks up any stray trash (my kids are famous for this), and takes any dishes to the kitchen. They also take turns vacuuming the hallway upstairs, vacuuming the living room, and sweeping the front room each Thursday. This way the house is cleaned before the weekend because no chores are done on the weekends. (There are absolutely no chores on the weekends. I do not want to do chores on the weekend, so I don’t want them to do it either. So the weekends are freebies.)

Age Appropriate Chores

Here’s a fantastic guide for age-appropriate chores from the Reward Charts 4 Kids website (it is available as a free download, too).

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When Chores Should be Completed

In our home during the school year, chores must be completed before screentime. During the summer, we allow leniency to have them completed before dinner time. Set the rules for whatever works for you, your kids, and your home environment. Take into consideration their age, homework, and their behavior to help guide you.

Location of Chore Charts

When the kids were younger, we posted their chore charts on the fridge where everyone could see them. It also served as a visual reminder for chores to be completed. Thanks to fibromyalgia, I struggle with remembering even the daily tasks, so the kitchen was the best place to keep them right under our family calendar.

We had a list of daily chores on their charts, but we also had ‘bonus’ chores. These were additional chores that were optional. I would think of the chores I needed help with and write down different ones on each child’s chart according to their age. If they didn’t do it, it was no big deal. If they did complete it, then at the end of the week they got a reward. Just a little extra incentive for helping out around the house.

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Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids

These chore charts for kids are easy for kids of all ages to use – daily and weekly. Because it’s a monthly chore chart, there’s no fussing about changing out the template week to week. Fill it out once a month and you’re done until the next month! Simple and easy is perfect for a fibro parent!

For chores done daily:

  1. Fill out the child’s name and month at the top of the chart.
  2. Write the chore in the column ‘Daily Must Do’.
  3. For each day of the week the chore is completed, place a checkmark or ‘x’ in the corresponding column for the day of the week. For example: If your child has the chore to make their bed each morning, write ‘make the bed’ under the first column ‘Daily Must Do’. If they make the bed on Monday, place a checkmark under the column for ‘M’, Monday. Repeat each day.
  4. Fill in the chores that can be completed to receive special privileges or other bonus rewards under the column ‘Bonus For Rewards’. Be sure to give rewards at the end of each month.

For chores done weekly:

  1. Fill out the child’s name and month at the top of the chart.
  2. Write the chore in the column ‘Weekly Must Do’.
  3. Next to the chore in the same column, write which day of the week it must be completed. For example: Clean the bathroom – Wednesday. Tip: Omit this step if the chore can be completed on any day of the week.
  4. For each week the chore is completed, place a checkmark or ‘x’ in the corresponding column for the day of the week it was completed. For example: If your child cleans the bathroom on Wednesday, place a checkmark under the column for ‘W’, Wednesday. Repeat each week.
  5. Fill in the chores that can be completed to receive special privileges or other bonus rewards under the column ‘Bonus For Rewards’. Be sure to give rewards at the end of each month.

To be able to reuse:

  1. Print the chore chart.
  2. Place the printout in an 8×10 frame.
  3. Use a dry erase marker to write in the name, month, and chores. Tip: Use a fine tip dry erase marker for smaller and more legible writing.

Tips for Printing: When printing ensure the paper orientation is ‘landscape’.

Grab your free printable chore charts for kids!

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image created by Brandi Privitera, Being Fibro Mom
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10 thoughts on “Free Printable Chore Charts for Kids”

  1. Definitely agree that kids should be doing chores — so many benefits for them! Love your charts! I just made one a couple weeks ago to use with mini magnets to mark off what they did, but it needs some tweaking.

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  3. I love this! My kids are 1 and 3 so I will need to adjust a little, but I think it’s good to start early. I’m doing 21 Days of Family Bonding on my blog this month and am wondering if I can incorporate some “family clean up time” somehow. Don’t know if the husband will think of cleaning time as bonding time…I’ll have to work on that. I’ll direct my readers to your page for some great chore chart examples! Thanks

    1. Thank you for reading and directing others to our chore charts! When they were younger, I used one word to describe the chore and had a picture representing the chore. Maybe that will work better for your little ones. And, yes! I absolutely think cleaning together is family bonding. Anything that puts attention on your kids from parents is bonding!

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