Set your kiddos up for success! The Free Printable Chore Chart for Kids helps them work off of a checklist to get their chores done.
Are you looking for simple guidance on how to get kids to help out around the house? Trust me, you’re not alone. Kids will do almost anything to get out of cleaning and are pretty good at dodging any and all chores that you’re needing help with. But when it comes down to it, all that they might need is a printable chore chart that they can use to hold themselves accountable.
In just a few seconds, you can print out this chart for your child and have them marking off the items one by one as they complete them. Having a cleaning checklist is a great way to give them expectations and let them feel that sense of accomplishment when they mark a specific job off their list. We feel great when we mark off our to-do lists, and kids will feel the same.
While this chore chart might be simple and easy, it’s one that is certain to get results – And a nice, clean home as well!
Why is it Important for Children to have Chores?
Not only is it a great way for them to contribute around the house, but it teaches them about commitment, responsibility and also instills a work ethic in them as well. This is a great way for them to learn that helping out mom and dad around the house can be a daily effort that doesn’t take up a ton of time.
I also think that kids enjoy the privileges of living in your home, and they should bear some of the responsibility that comes with it as well.
They should know that things need to get done, even when they don’t feel like doing them.
How do you Decide what Chores are Age-Appropriate for Kids?
Just be cautious when you’re assigning chores and keep it simple. If you’re trying to schedule chores for a younger child, have them do simple items like sweeping, picking up their room, dusting, etc. Older kids can empty the dishwasher, mow the yard, clean bathrooms, and so on.
Indoor Cleaning Chores for Kids (+ FREE Printable Chore Chart for Kids!)
While this printable is great for reference, make certain to give your child the cleaning tools and supplies that they need.
Cleaning Supplies for Kids
Your child will appreciate having the proper cleaning supplies to help them clean the house.
- Window Cleaner
- Disinfectant Spray (if old enough to be using it)
I am a big fan of providing them with their own tools and equipment. It just costs a couple of dollars, but if they have bright and colorful cleaning cloths, tool caddies and fun items like the gloved hand duster (who doesn’t LOVE that?!?) they might just find cleaning to be a bit more enjoyable. Heck, I do!
How Can Parents Help Children Get Motivated to Clean?
This is a hard one! No child is really going to be excited about cleaning (most of us aren’t either, right?), but there are a few things that you can do to help.
Clean With Them The First Few Times
Why not make it a cleaning party? If the kids aren’t going to do it alone, hop in the first time and make it a family affair. You can keep them motivated during the process and give them a few tips along the way as well.
We used to spend a couple of hours every Saturday morning cleaning. The whole family had jobs to do, and we all did it together. It definitely makes things easier as there is no question of expectations. It also eliminates the “can’t I do it later?” questions. Nope. Everyone is doing it now.
This is also an important time to show them what you expect. If you don’t do this, they will not understand what is expected of them. Set them up for success.
Offer An Incentive Or Reward
This might not be what you’re hoping for but sometimes it just has to happen. Money (or other prizes) talks and you might be shocked at how willing your children are to help cleaning when there is some sort of reward on the line.
I know there is a lot of debate about this. The argument is that kids should do chores because it is expected of them, so why should you have to pay them? I get it. You can easily tie it to an allowance, if you want. At the end of the day, I think that kids will work harder if they can see a benefit at the end. I hope that translates to their school work and future jobs. Work harder to achieve your goals!
If you are doing this, make a set of coupons like the ones from Moms And Munchkins.ca. Or make your own given what is important to them. Coupons are great incentives for kiddos!
Take Away A Privilege If They’re Refusing
The flip side would be to take away something if they aren’t willing to help. This could be screen time, playtime, movie night, etc., to show them that you mean business. A few times (or maybe just once) of this happening and it’s probably not going to be an issue any longer.
I prefer to work on the positive above but sometimes it does need to come to this. Hopefully this is the choice of last resort. It is too easy to lead to a lot of negativity.
Pump Them Up With Positivity
Believe it or not, your kids may really want to help but lack the confidence to clean. Reassure them that they’ll do a great job and don’t criticize them while they’re cleaning. If there is anything that you need to fix or touch up, you can easily do that yourself later or offer it as positive feedback for them to improve. Just be careful not to turn it into a nitpicking conversation.
Now that you know how to tackle the issue of having kids that don’t want to clean, print out this free printable chore chart and start writing down specific chores.
Kids love to know they are doing a great job and this is a time to teach them the skills so they can succeed.
Download your free kids cleaning printable here
As you can tell by the cleaning printable, we’ve broken it down by rooms and given lots of spaces for you to add in the chores.
Click on the link to download your Free Editable Chart Chart for Kids Printable
How to Use this Printable Chore Chart for Kids
The great thing about this printable is that you can customize it to work for your family. Print it off and think about laminating it so that you and your child can use it over and over again.
I made it editable too. You can open it up in a pdf editor and type in the key information if you don’t want to hand write the jobs.
Make certain that it’s filled out daily/weekly and that it’s in a place that your child will see it to take action and actually do it.
And who knows, your house may be sparkly clean before you even realize how it happened!