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Chore Chart

{See the chore chart tutorial here!}
*Edit (August 2016)  I’ve just created my own printable images that you can purchase!  Find the colored version HERE and the black and white version HERE!  

Liam is doing great in school.  He’s come home every day with all red smiley faces on his “report card” which is the highest you can get.  Granted, it’s only been 3 days, but that’s still 100% practically perfect in every way, right?  I’m thinking that if he gets so many red smiley faces in a row, he deserves a reward.  Not sure what that will be yet, but something simple and fun!

We have wanted to start something new with his chores at home.  For the last 8 months he’s been rewarded a gold coin for every standard chore he’s done.  This was to encourage him to feel accomplished and work towards things he wanted.  Plus, get some things done around the house.


He helped me put it all together and it’s been really successful.

Well, these chores have become the standard “need to be done” every day chores and we don’t fee like he needs to be rewarded for all of them anymore.  He’s older now and can do more things on his own.  I’m planning on making a new chart and still do the gold coins, but he won’t be earning one for each chore, but for each set of chores (morning and night).  I’ll be adding things like laundry, vacuuming and cleaning his bathroom.  Just like any kid the novelty will wear off, but I think it’s very important to motivate your child to work and there’s not a better place to start than in the home.

So, my thoughts turn to my site and how I would like to reward one of you with a giveaway.  Like, a BIG giveaway.  Well, at least as big as my Anthropologie giveaway or even bigger!

Only people who have joined my site (upper right side) and have liked My Name Is Snickerdoodle on Facebook are eligible to win.  Once I’ve reached 500 or more members on my site and 1000 likes on FB I will reveal how to enter and what you are entering for!

Okay…maybe before then I will reveal what you could win, but only as a teaser!!!

I’m sitting here trying not to squeal with delight too loudly because I’ve got two boys who finally fell asleep for naps!

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    The Candlands
    August 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Love it! I saw this (http://lifeasmom.com/2009/10/kids-chores-and-routines-simple-yet.html) on Pinterest and tought I'd steal it someday.

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    Pam from Over the Big Moon
    September 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This is such a great chore chart! Thanks for sharing!


    P.S. This will be featured tomorrow on our Pinterest Interests Post!

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    Joshua and Matthew's Mommy
    September 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    I love this idea. I am going to steal it for my almost 4yr old.


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    September 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Love this chore chart idea! Found it and followed it to your blog from Pinterest… I can't wait to utilize this idea, thanks so much!


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    September 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    How old is your son? Im going to try this for my 3.5 yrs.old. Love the idea. What materials did you use?

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    Rebecca Berman
    September 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    the link to join your site is not working but I liked you on FB

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    Rebecca Berman
    September 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    the link to "join my site" is not working but I liked you on FB

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    Deborah Montagna
    October 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Love this! We added say prayers and our 5 year old is much better with the picking up toys!!

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    October 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    What a great idea!

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    October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

    This is such a fab idea, we have 2 special angels and so want to try this with them..hugs and thanks for sharing your thoughts ideas etc with us all..

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    October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

    so want to try this with our 2 special angels thanks for sharing all your wonderful thoughts ideas and projects with us all hugs..

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    October 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

    This is such a fab idea, we have 2 special angels and so want to try this with them..hugs and thanks for sharing your thoughts ideas etc with us all..

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    December 25, 2012 at 7:41 am

    thanks for sharing..

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    December 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

    This is a great idea! I'm always looking for interesting ways to make work more fun.


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    January 12, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hi, I'm Handmadecreativity and, inspired from your post, I make this:
    Thank your for sharing (I linked your post in my blog)
    Bye bye from Italy"

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    Courtney Barnum
    February 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    My son's name is liam too. He is 6 with Autism, and this chart ROCKS for kiddos with autism. It's so hands on, LOVE IT!

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    March 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Great idea!

    Grammar correction — It should say finished not done. Finished is for people and done is for things. People make this mistake all the time. Remember "Cookies are done and people are finished."

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    Angela Rod
    April 21, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Well Lisa when you ask your children… "Did you pick up your toys?" they would reply whether yes they DID or no they DIDNT meaning its something that has to be DONE. Therefore, once they've done it, that chore is DONE. 😉

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    cathy faaui
    June 6, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Just what i was looking for. Thank you:)

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    June 8, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I love this chart, thanks for sharing! I especially love the magnets – they look so thin and lightweight. Every time we use those magnet strips, the things we stick them to end up being really heavy. I'm going to make an effort to finding the lighter ones.

    And regarding the finished/done debate? "Done" for this project would be fine, as even though the person is "finished" with the chore, that particular chore has been "done".

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    June 10, 2013 at 7:19 am

    i absolutely LOVE this idea! i just made some for my son, with a little twist! i couldn't even wait to get the magnets… as soon as i saw it, i had to make one!

    i posted our version here…


    thanks SO MUCH for the idea… our mornings and evenings have been going so much more smoothly now 🙂

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    August 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks so much for this! We are waiting for an autism evaluation with our youngest son, and using PECS was recommended for him by a friend with 3 autistic children.

    I altered it a bit, but your tutorial was a GREAT inspiration for me! He's excited to have his own "chore chart" that he can "read" without help from his older brother.

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    Jessica Biennas
    August 18, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I saw this and thought i would alter this for this the little guys so the little guys would understand what i am doing with them and needles (or ekg stickies) thanks!

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    Agata Delmaczyńska
    November 9, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Wow! It's great idea, it it exactly something I need! Thanks.

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