My twins are 5 years old and we have been working toward daily chores for them. They’ve always been great helpers around the house and we have always given them age-appropriate responsibilities.
Since they already do chores and we needed more of a routine for them I decided to make an actual chore chart. Here are some other reasons it’s been helpful:
1. It helps us to be able to visualize what needs done.
2. It allows them to be able to earn stickers for chores they accomplished.
3. They are then rewarded for doing good things around the house in a visual way.
4. They frequently ask for us to buy them things and this is a way that they can earn an “allowance” at even a young age.
Once they earn 10 stickers on the chart we mark those off and they get to pick items from my “Mommy Store.” I try for things that cost about $5-$8. What has worked best for us is that they pick a prize first, and then work towards it. The saying “Keep your eye on the prize” definitely applies here. They feel good about doing a chore if they know it’s helping them to accomplish something. I often post the things I buy for the “Mommy Store” over on my FB deal page: Fun2Find Deals.
Like I mentioned, my twins are 5 and each of these chores are things they’ve been doing for a while. They can sort and put away their own clothes, help with most kitchen chores (we have a lightweight vacuum/mop they can use!), and pick up around the house. I’m curious what chores other 5 year olds do. Do your kids do different chores than we do?
These are the first printables I’ve really ever made and offered – I’m interested to know if there would be interest if I made a similar printable chore chart for younger or older kids if there would be any interest? Let me know!