Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY chore chart

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I think it's important to teach our children cleanliness and the value of a dollar. Although I'm a stay at home mom I think there's no reason I should pick up my son's toy trucks 80 times a day when he's perfectly capable of doing that himself. I'm a firm believer that a clean home is a happy home.. or at least in the case of my family anyway. My kids are 3 and 5 and I decided it was time for a chore chart that they could easily see and use by themselves.

I searched on Google and Pinterest (follow us!) looking for some cool chore chart ideas. I found a lot of them but I didn't want to make anything too difficult, expensive and time consuming. I combined a lot of ideas and came up with one simple, cheap, and effective chore chart!

The items you will need are:
1 1/2 inch disc circles
magnetic tape
card stock or paper
mod podge (bought or homemade)
paint brush

Decide the chores you'd like for your kids and assign prices/prizes for each chore completed. I decided to add in things that my kids need to work on like reading, writing, and team work.

You may use mine if you'd like, just print out and cut within the inside of the circle and it'll be a perfect fit to your disc circles. If you don't want those chores or prices you could easily white it out in paint or and fill in your own. I used font Quicksand on picmonkey if interested on keeping the same font.

From here it's pretty easy work. Print, cut out and mod podge to the circles. Once they are dry do a top coat of mod podge and stick some magnetic tape on the back and voila! *To make homemade "mod podge" mix equal parts glue and water. I've used it to make our photo canvas pictures with no issues. I also used it to attach the mod podge label to that jar over a year and a half ago and it's still holding strong!*

To keep things easy my kids are allowed to pick no more than 2 jobs a day. It keeps them from getting overwhelmed and insures that they do their job accurately and not in a hurry just to earn extra money. 

This project costed me a whole $2.97 before I used my coupon. The disc are $1.97 at my Michael's and the magnetic tape was .97. They typically have a 40% coupon that you can print online so that makes it even cheaper!

I'd love to know if your kiddos have a chore chart and what made you decide to do so!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Elf on the Shelf days 3-7

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I decided instead of doing a daily post on what Pickles is up to, I'd do a weekly post instead. =)

Day 3: 
Ya know, just chillin' in a lunchbox enjoying a cone of marshmallows... because who doesn't love marshmallows?!

Day 4: Riding the family's 2012 ornament. Forget planes and sleds when you can ride a blue glittery bird!

Day 5: Just checking to make sure the stockings are nice and sturdy and ready for some goodies.

Day 6: Hanging out on the light to have a birds eye view.

Day 7: Enjoying a cup of hot cocoa. Pickles needs his chocolate fix!

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