DIY: Chore Magnets

DIY Chore Magnets
I’m going to say something that makes me feel like such an….
adult.Chores are good for kids.There.  I said it.  I’m completely an uncool mom.But hear me out.
1.I need help around the house.
2. I don’t want my son growing up, moving out and then appearing on Hoarders because he’s never had to do anything.
3. You can download video games onto the 3DS.  And I’m tired of being asked a zillion times a day for a new game.
4. Same goes for Skylanders.

I thought about allowance.  I’ve thought about mandatory chores.  But I also wanted to raise a child who (hopefully, one day) will see something needs to be done and just does it.  Proactive isn’t just the name of a face wash people!

Hence the chore magnets.  Josh can pick his chores.  They get done.  And I’m one happy lady.

This project cost less than $5 and was super easy and quick to do!

Supplies:

Glass gems (find them over in the floral section of the craft stores)
Magnets
Mod Podge
Glue (I ended up using a glue gun)
Scissors
A list of chores with the value

Instructions:
DIY Chore Magnets
1. Print off your list.  Make sure that you leave plenty of room between each chore.  They don’t all have to be chores either!  I added try a new food, play outside and read a book to some.  And don’t forget parent’s choice! :)

DIY Chore Magnets

Don’t think this one will get picked very much, but you can’t blame a mama for trying!

DIY Chore Magnets
Put a glass gem over each of the chores.  Trace and cut out.

Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the flat side of the glass gem.

Place the cutout circles chore side down.  Press all the air bubbles out.  Wipe off any excess Mod Podge off with a paper towel.

Cut strips of magnets to fit.  These are self adhesive, but I used a little hot glue for extra stability.  Place on back - tada.
DIY Chore Magnets
You can print the chores on scrapbook paper if you want.  I chose just white paper, but I printed in 3 colors - red, green and blue.  Why you ask.  Because this way we earn video game/TV time!
Each red chore = 10 minutes
Blue chores = 15 minutes
Green chores = 30 minutes

Virtual high five!  Getting chores done, buying some of their own toys, AND limiting video game time.  Triple score for mom!

Looking for more ideas?  Check out our Marble Jar Reward System!  (<— This is what we currently use!)

Linking here

**Update:
Here are my chores and their values:
take trash out - $0.50
take trash to curb and back in - $0.75
sort the laundry - $0.50
gather the wastebaskets - $0.25
clean the toliet - $1.00
vacuum a room -  $0.50
make bed - $0.25
brush teeth - $0.25
set the table - $0.50
try a new food - $0.75
dust - $0.50
wipe down the bathroom - $0.75
clean room - $1.00
reading - $0.25
playing outside - $0.25



Comments

  1. says

    That’s a great idea! Wow! I bet it motivates them to help out…I wonder if I could get hubby to pay me each time I do one of those things…heehee. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays this week!

  2. Debra says

    DD is too young for chores (we’re potty training this week!). But I thought I could do this and put the chores on the fridge that need to be done today/this week. Then DH can’t use the excuse, “I don’t know what needs to be done.” Thanks for the idea spark!

  3. says

    Love this so much! I’ve been struggling a bit with the kids doing chores as well. For goodness sake it’s gotten tot he point here that when I ask them to pick up a paper from the floor I’m asked how much will they will get paid! I want them to learn the value of earning your money as well as proactively picking up after themselves. I just wish I had started sooner! This is such a unique way of making a chore chart… I’d love to try it!

  4. says

    Love this so much! I’ve been struggling a bit with the kids doing chores as well. For goodness sake it’s gotten tot he point here that when I ask them to pick up a paper from the floor I’m asked how much will they will get paid! I want them to learn the value of earning your money as well as proactively picking up after themselves. I just wish I had started sooner! This is such a unique way of making a chore chart… I’d love to try it!

    • Steven says

      Wondering how much they’ll get paid for picking up a piece of paper off the floor is exactly why children should not be paid for meeting their responsibilities as a member of the family by doing their part in taking on household chores appropriate for their age and ability.

  5. says

    This is such a genious idea! Im gonna try this with my niece once she’s old enough to understand money isnt given to you for nothing and that chores need to be done

  6. Sheri M says

    Overall, a generally clever idea, but I was appalled at one “chore magnet”. Brushing one’s teeth is not a chore! It’s a matter of personal hygiene, like washing your hands, and taking baths, and going to the potty. Failure to brush your teeth can land you in the hospital under general anaesthesia. Not to mention black teeth and no friends and very likely bullying. You’re paying your child 50 cents a day to do something they are REQUIRED to do, twice a day every day, no questions asked??

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