Thursday, December 5, 2013

Kids Chore Chart DIY

I've done chore charts with my kids for a long time, and have tried all different kinds.  We had an online chart that I loved, but it was very easily "out of sight, out of mind" for the kids.   I got tired of having to remind them to check it, so I gave up and went back to having to ask them 1,824,626 times a day if things had been completed.

For the sake of my sanity, I wanted something right where they couldn't miss it each day, and also something that was by itself.  I didn't want it on the refrigerator because we have other stuff on there already.  I also wanted to use magnets which is why I decided to use a baking pan.  We have a small wall between our living room and kitchen and that's where I wanted to put it.

I bought the pan for $4.50 at Big Lots, the box of magnets for $2.99 at Staples, I used scrap booking stickers I had on hand, and I already had primer and spray paint.  I love projects that cost me less than $10...too bad they aren't all like that!

The pan didn't have any holes to hang it from, so I used a drill to make them.  If you have to drill, just make sure your drill bit is one that can go through metal.  After I drilled I sprayed on a coat of primer (meant for metal as well), and then when that was dry I sprayed the color. 

I used a black Sharpie to draw the lines on the pan, and then added the letters.  I used a silver Sharpie to write the permanent tasks on the magnets, and left other magnets blank for tasks to be added as needed.  

Not much too it.  I finished it while my son was at school today, and when we picked him up his little sister said "You have so many chores to do when you get home."  Based on his response, I don't think he liked what she had to say. Hopefully they enjoy being able to move the magnets to the "done" side and keep up with everything without me having to ask.  Hahahahaha!  A girl can dream right?

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