DIY Chore Sticks
|April 17, 2012||Filled under Cleaning|
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Anyone else battle with chores? My boys are 10 & 9, and we have tried various way of getting them more involved in chores, but we haven’t been very diligent about being consistent. Why is it so hard to keep a house clean when I feel like we are hardly home? Shouldn’t it stay cleaner? But, I digress.
I have noticed more of a lack of the boys wanting to help or complaining when asked to do something, and I’d had enough! I came across some great ideas on Pinterest, and decided to implement one of them and give it a shot. We’ve been pretty successful so far!
First off, I found the printables over at Whatever Dee Dee Wants. I really liked that there was so many different chores that she had listed.
I will tell you that this is not a quick DIY project to complete if you have a hour to spare! I actually did it over a few days – the cutting off all the chores was giving me hand cramps! :)
So, gather your supplies: paper cutter, scissors, Mod Podge, large craft sticks, sponge applicator.
I bought craft sticks in both color and natural, but ended up only using the natural ones.
I started out by cutting the chore pages into strips.
The kids got a kick out of the “veto” ones. :)
Then I carefully cut around each chore. This was the most time consuming part!
I decided to paint the craft sticks white, just to make it look a little cleaner.
I only did 1 coat, but probably should’ve done 1 more. I was just anxious to get it done. :)
Here’s the finished product! (yes, I know it says “Chore Jar”, and these are cans, but just try to overlook that-hahaha!). I covered the cans with scrapbook paper and then used letter stickers to do the names.
Even the parents get their own! (Mike is thrilled!)
We’ve been using them for about a week and the boys are actually ASKING to pick out chores! We are doing 1 chore a day and then 3 on Saturdays. That may evolve a bit, but we’ll try that routine for a while.
Here’s Kaden just yesterday, hard at work.
How do you handle chores in your house? Do you find it to be a challenge? Leave your tips in the comments!
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