Getting kids to do their tasks

task cards

Kiddley reader (and good friend) Lara sent us a couple of suggestions today for encouraging kids to get their daily tasks done.

She pointed us to DLTK’s Custom Chore Chart, an online generator which lets you set up your own chart ready to print off and pin-up so that your kids can check off their tasks as they complete them. It’s a simple little html table thing, but doing it this way is a lot easier and quicker than ruling up your own chart on a piece of craft paper.

Lara also says:

“I’ve also been making hand drawn simple task cards which I have laminated and will put in the order I want the tasks completed with a reward at the end. This is so I don’t have to repeat myself 100 times to get anything done – ie. ‘get dressed, shoes and socks on, brush your teeth, wash your face then TV on’.”

If you like the sound of organising your kids with task cards, their is an in depth discussion on Technomom.com which tells us about one family’s system for rewarding (and penalising) older kids with tokens for completing their incredibly detailed, daily task cards.

7 Responses to “Getting kids to do their tasks”

  1. andi

    My boys have a chart each with their heads on a policeman’s body. They have to earn stripes and medals. They get stripes for little things, medals for big things and/or having 10 stripes (possibly too many stripes to earn a medal) and when they have earnt five medals they get a treat (so does mum!). Tomorrow we’re going to the circus!

  2. Lauren

    Thank you so much, this is exactly what I needed today. You read my mind.

  3. Julie K in Taiwan

    I used clipart to represent each chore. Each family member has a different colored background. We cut out the squares and then wrapped packing tape around them to laminate them. Added a bit of sticky magnet to the backs and they were finished. Each time a chore is completed it’s moved from the original side to the finished side. At the end of the week the magnets are moved back to the original side.

  4. Jen

    That kind of set up is called chaining and is really common in families where one (or more) child has autism.
    There are programs available called PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) that are GREAT for chaining.

  5. Rebecca

    Love the chart builder…was only thinking this morning i needed make some in prep for term three
    Have already made them up and put a pic on my site

  6. a

    This is great! In just the short time Kiddley has been around, it’s been such a great resource to me– I don’t have children of my own, but I’m a kindergarten teacher. I was literally wondering how I was going to get my hands on some cheap bingo cards for my kids, when, voila… this link!

  7. Lotta

    We are big fans of charts. But we change ours up. After my son has filled up a chart with 3 chores/sanitary requirements “potty manners”. We start a new one with new things on it. The assumption is that the first 3 items are now part of his routine and have become a habit. So far it’s working out well and keeps him from getting bored with it.

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