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FREE Preschool Chore Charts – Subscriber Freebie

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Younger children can have a hard time reading from a chore list. Picture cards can be a huge help at the preschool age so kids can see what needs to be done each day – and actually work on their daily chores (grins). Our kids have learned personal and financial responsibility in the process as they are taught how to save, give, and put money in their wallet for spending too!

free Preschool Chore Charts

While I’ve shared a version of our preschool chore charts in the past, I recently found some wonderful clip art that included a few bonus chores and was also cute – a win-win! These charts have been some of the most popular downloads here and I’ve received many emails with requests for extra chores, so I put together a FREE Preschool Chore Chart printable especially for my email subscribers – yay!!

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When Kaleb was younger, this is the chore chart that we used for him and it worked wonderfully. (And to tell you the truth – he still prefers this visual chore chart over our chore charts for the older kids!) We broke his chore chart into three parts: morning chores, afternoon chores, and chores that he could earn money on. He earned minimal money, but our point in paying for a few chores is to help our kids understand the concept of giving, saving, and spending. Pennies were excitement to our kids at that age (they think they are rich!), so it was a great way to learn.

The chore charts and chore cards can be printed off on to cardstock and laminated to make them sturdier. Place velcro dots in the center of each square and on the back of each chore cards to make them stick to the chore chart. (See below for additional ways to use the printables).


Using the Chore Charts

Each morning I added chore cards to his chart. When a chore was completed, he would remove it and put it in a little box nearby. Chores he completed to earn money were tracked on the back of the chart by writing with a  Sharpie (the Sharpie comes off easily with nail polish remover or you can use a vis-à-vis marker as well).

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The cards are the same size as my workbox activity cards, so if you want to mix and match those cards with this grid, they will work together.

Daily Chores for Preschool

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We kept it pretty simple for our preschool chores. Above is a peek at some of the things that we had on Kaleb’s chore chart. Many of the chores rotated throughout the week, but there were several that were consistent on a daily basis.

  • Daily chores: make bed, clean room, brush teeth, pick-up clothes, pick up shoes/hang up jacket, set table, wash table, devotions.
  • Extra {paid} chores: trash, vacuum, laundry, wash windows, dust, sweep, water plants, weed garden.

If you need help coming up with chore ideas, here is a great list from Money Saving Mom to help you out.





 

Tips for an Effective Chore System

    1. Make sure chores are age appropriate. Children can be taught to complete household tasks, but there are some things that are definitely more difficult for younger children to work on vs. older children. Be sure that the chores you are asking your very young children are appropriate for their age. Younger children can help sweep, push a vacuum cleaner, pick up toys, match socks, etc… but may not be ready for other chores. Just because a chore card is listed, doesn’t mean it has to be used. (grins)
    2. Keep the chore charts handy – and where they can be seen. Hang your charts somewhere where they will be seen daily – the front of the fridge, near the bedroom door. Where ever they are, be sure to keep them handy so both you and your child remember to work on them.
    3. Walk through how the charts work with your kids. Be sure to show your kids how the chore chart will work each day. Do they need to check in with you when they are done and have you go over their work? Have the system in place
    4. Know what works best as incentives for your kids. Some children may work for treats from the Dollar Tree, while others may work for small monetary prizes. The incentives are up to you – and you know what works best for your children!
    5. Be consistent in payout of incentives. It is so easy to let things slide, but if you are working with your kids in understanding that no work = no pay, remember that it goes the same the other way too. When you work, your boss pays you, so pick a ‘payday’ and take care of it each week or whenever you set up your payday.

Washing dishes is always fun….

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And making beds…

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Additional Ways to Use the Chore Charts

Rather than using a large chart, there are a few alternate ways that the chore charts can be used.

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    • Use a jump ring: The cards can be printed off on cardstock, laminated, and then put onto a jump ring so children can carry them around while working. The printable includes a few alternative cards that can be placed on the jump ring as well: morning chores, afternoon chores, paid, chores, etc…
    • Use magnetic sheets: If you have a magnetic refrigerator, consider printing the chore cards off onto magnetic sheets, cutting them out, and placing chores on your fridge. Store finished or extra chores in a magnetic pencil bin nearby. We have friends that do this and it is so handy!

Download the Preschool Chore Charts

Preschool Chore Chart example

 

 

The chore chart file has five different colored charts: blue, green, pink, purple and white {so you can print on colored cardstock if you would like} and also includes chore cards. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. :) If you aren’t on the paid chore bandwagon, there is a white chart with an alternate text of morning, afternoon, and evening

This is a FREE download for subscribers – and it is really easy to subscribe by simply clicking HEREor by entering your email in the box at the bottom of this post. 

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After you subscribe by email, you will receive a confirmation. Once you confirm your subscription, you will be redirected to a page with a link, password, and directions to get your FREEBIE!! You can always email me if you have any questions and I’d be happy to help you out. 

In case you missed them before, you can also download a copy of our Chore Chart Printables for our older kids and see how we’re implementing that system in our house. There may also be extra cards for you to use in the workbox activity cards.

Hope this helps you out and feel free to ask any questions below!

 

Chore Chart Supplies

The following products are ones that we use and recommend for putting your chore charts together – the Scotch laminator ROCKS!! I’ve had mine for years and it is still going!



 

 

 

 

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  • Ginny G

    I have your old chore charts and we love them. I’ve updated their colors since I color code my kids as well (3 girls!). I love the new updates to the cards because they are a bit more specific in some areas and they like to know what their job is. Thanks for providing them!!!

  • You are most welcome, Ginny – I hope they are a huge help!

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  • Sarah

    Thank you for these! The new updates are great–the more specific jobs make it easy to break bigger jobs into smaller chunks that my kids will be more capable of. Win-win at our house…kids are getting more responsibility and they’re earning money for themselves. Thanks again!

  • I’m so glad to hear that, Sarah. Hope they are a huge help to you all. :)

  • Sharon D Huizinga

    Did anyone have trouble printing pink and purple? It is super light on my print out. :-/ Thank you for sharing these! I think they will be a huge help! We are using your workbox cards, too! :-)

  • Joce

    This system is the closest thing I’ve found to what I’d been envisioning. Just curious….what is the font used on the chore cards?

  • Pea Hollee :)

  • Joce

    Thanks for the reply!

  • Melissa

    This is far and away the best preschool chore chart I have ever seen! (and I’ve looked at a lot of them!) I love all the pictures that go along with it! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

  • You are so welcome – hope they are a huge help and blessing to you!

  • Angela

    I’ve been looking all over for this, I just didn’t know what I was after!!
    What size are the cards that go on the grid? I’ve been using a different systen with 1″x1″ that I’d love to mix in with these.

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  • Aletha

    Hi! Love the charts, but do have a question. Are your paid chores optional or mandatory for the kids? I’m assuming mandatory, otherwise what happens if those things don’t get done? I’m just trying to decide what our chore approach will be for my kiddos (5, 4 and 2) Thanks!

  • Sarah Brokaw Churchwell

    Where did you find the clip art for the toddler chores so cute!

  • Optional – because there is typically another child willing to step in and earn the money. :)

  • There’s a link to the designer in the file. :)

  • Kelli Edson

    I printed them and they look like someone scribbled bubble letters all over them :(! Am I doing something wrong?

  • Hmmm… You may want to reference the following post for pdf printing problems: http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2013/08/pdf-downloading-and-printing-problems/
    The font that I use is Love Ya Like a Sister (a free font download) and it may be that your computer is having issues reading the font. My first suggestion would be checking to ensure that you have the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat installed. Don’t ask me how the crazy computer knows that it’s not the right version – but it does!

  • You may also want to try to ‘print as an image’ under the advanced settings when you click print. :)

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  • stella

    That was huge help from you thank you so much !

  • Lee

    Came across your chore chart and LOVE the idea… printing them out now..
    was wondering where you fond the images.. would like to add some of my own, keeping the same look. Thanks

  • There is a link to her website on the first page of the file. :-)

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  • Julia

    I’ve used these with my kids, and am now using them to help refugee moms with limited English assign chores for their preschoolers. Thanks for making them!

  • Oh Julia – that makes my heart so happy to hear! Blessings to you all (and thanks for what you are doing to help others!!).

  • Melissa E

    Good morning! I just subscribed, seeing a great deal of interesting printable items for teaching positive daily habits with chore charts. I was particularly seeking images for pre-k children to help learn how to do simple tasks before reading is possible. Where exactly can I download those images? I can’t seem to locate the link. -Thanks and God Bless. Melissa E

  • Shawna

    how do I download it?

  • Once you subscribe, you will receive an email with the password for the subscriber only page. :)


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