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30 Kid-Approved DIY Chore Charts
If the word “chores” has your kids groaning, it might be time to switch up the routine! A chore chart can be both engaging and rewarding for your child, and give them just the incentive they need to get working and stop complaining. If you need some ideas for chore charts that you can make yourself, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re looking for something simple to make and easy for kids to follow, or you want something more elaborate and effective for your tweens, these 30 kid-approved DIY chore charts are sure to be a hit at your house.
Work For Hire Board, The Chic Family – This simple yet ingenious bulletin board style chore chart is perfect for your tween or even teen looking to earn some extra spending money. If you’ve got extra chores your willing to shell out some allowance for, this board is a great way to get kids involved in making their own decisions about the work they do around the house.
Reclaimed Wood Chores and Rewards, The Winthrop Chronicles – This chore/reward system works great for kids who are a little older, around 5-10. Their weekly chore list is clipped to the top and they earn points, or small pebbles, as they complete things. Pebbles are removed when they don’t do what they’re supposed to. When the pebble jar is full, they pick a fun treat, like an ice cream outing. It’s effective because it clearly displays expectations, has an instant consequence for behaviors and offers relevant incentive. Plus, it’s super stylish – who wouldn’t want this hanging in their home?
Framed Magnetic Charts, A Lemon Squeezy Home – These charts look clean and bright hung on the wall and are a very easy system for kids to tackle. The magnets are made with wooden circles and computer-printed stickers and are completely customizable. If you’re not big into giving out an allowance for chores, or simply don’t want the visual reminder of money right by the chores, this is a great option. It’s easy to make and easy to use, and the kids will get a kick out of moving their own magnets around. Plus, there’s a nice list of chores kids can accomplish on their own!
Washi Tape Chore Sticks, Simply Kierste – If you’re looking for something super easy to make and use, you can’t get much more perfect than this! Simply write the chores on a craft stick, decorate with a strip of washi tape and place in a cute jar! Little hands will love the surprise of picking the chores out blindly. Plus it looks cute on display and doesn’t take up any wall space!
White Board and Magnet Pictures, Vanilla Joy – If you’ve got a pre-reader who’s ready to tackle some work around the house, this is a great chore chart for you! The chores are designated with pictures glued to wooden tokens with magnets on the back. It’s simple to make with a small white board and a few other materials and doesn’t take up a lot of space. Little ones will love “playing” with the magnets and moving their chores to the right side!
Easy Chore Board, Gingersnap Crafts – This cute and easy chore board is a cinch to make, small enough to fit nearly anywhere, and super stylish to boot! All it takes is a board or plaque, some vinyl, a strip of metal and magnetic chore circles. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s easy to read and understand for your young kids. The little stick figures make it that much more adorable!
Chore Box, Just another Day in Paradise – This “Uh-Oh” box is simply genius! Sick of kids leaving a trail of messes in their wake? Got some mini tornados kicking toys around the house? Teach your kids responsibility with this cute poem stuck to the side of a rubbermaid tote. When they leave their things out, place them in the box. All they have to do to get an item back is pick a chore!
Burlap and Clothespin Chore Chart, Simply Kierste – This charming burlap chore chart is a cute way to get chores done and encourage your kids! On one side of the clothespin there are chores printed. When the chore is completed, flip the clothespin over to reveal praise and encouragement for a job well done! Make a row with ribbon for each child and clip their chores on, then have them flip the clothespins themselves! This is a great way to help them take pride in their work.
Baking Sheet Chore Chart, A Spotted Pony – It doesn’t take much to make these cute little magnetic charts – just a baking sheet from the dollar store, some spray paint and some magnets! With minimal investment, you can make some to match any decor. With the cute printed pictures on magnets, this is the perfect first chore chart for young kids who aren’t reading yet.
Job Chart, Martha Stewart – This sweet and simple job chart is fairly minimalist in design – so it’ll go with any kind of decor. It’s easy to make too – All you need are magnets and a computer/printer! The columns are headed with a photograph of each child, adding to the charm. The chores are simply colored magnetic strips – you can color code them according to day or difficulty level. Simply hang on the fridge and let your tweens at it!
Dry Erase Chore Chart, Moss Moments – This is a really easy idea to pull together. Just make a list of chores (and possibly the daily to-do’s) leaving boxes for check marks and print it out. Frame it with any frame that matches your decor. Each morning, write the day at the top. The kids can check off the items as they do them. Why it’s great? Ease of use and simple to make. Also, as you think of new things that need to be done that day, you can simply write them on the glass. It’s super customizable, can be made as fancy and colorful as you’d like, and the kids will love writing all over the glass!
Printable Sticker Chore Chart, The Vintage Mother – You can’t get any easier than simply printing off some charts and hanging them within easy reach! The truly fun part is putting stickers next to the chores that are completed! Let your little ones pick which stickers they want to use and watch them turn into cleaning machines!
Big Helper Board, Grey House Harbor – With a magnetic dry erase board and some washi tape and magnets, you can create a super cute, perfectly personalized big helper board for your kids! Create your own magnets for kids to move to separate columns and rows for each day of the week and chore. Make it organized and cute by making lines with washi tape. The best part about this chore chart is that it’s completely reusable as something new once the novelty wears off – and for young kids, you know that won’t take too long! Washi tape is removable and all the writing on the chart is in dry erase marker.
Reusable Chore Card Checklists, Our Story – You can break each room in your house down by listing the chores that need to be down on one convenient, laminated card. Assign the kids a room to clean and give them the card. They can check off each item as they go with a dry erase marker. Rotate the rooms among your kids so they get a chance to do everything. This is a great system for tweens and teens who are ready for more independence with their work, but still need a bit of a reminder as they go. They can earn points for the entire room and cash their points in for rewards. Wipe each card down when they’re completed and store them all together on a binder clip or in a folder or envelope.
Coloring Page Chore Chart, And We Play – Even the littlest of helpers can keep track of their chores on a handy chart. This cute little coloring page is just the ticket for the youngest in your brood! You can download a pre-made chore coloring page from the link, or create your own personalized one. Every time your child completes a task that’s pictured, they get to color it in! So break out the crayons and colored pencils because preschool aged kids are going to love cleaning up now!
Framed Clothespin Chore Chart, A Turtle’s Life For Me – Upcycle some of your old, unused frames into a totally usable chore chart! By gluing clothespins down the side of the frame and adding the child’s name inside, you’ve got yourself a cute and personalized chore tracker. Simply print out some chores, cut them into strips and laminate them. When the chore is completed, it comes down off the clothespin and back in the envelope. This is super easy to make and super easy to use. Kids will love getting to “play with” the clips, but this is great for older kids or teens as well because of its simplicity.
Clipboard Chore Charts, The 36th Avenue – These clipboards are so super cute, you’ll want to hang them just for decoration! They serve a useful purpose, too, though. There are chores listed on one side and spots to check off down the other side – in dry erase vinyl! Along the bottom, there are dry erase spots to keep track of days, so at the end of the week the kids (or you) can clip a reward card to the clipboard if they’ve gotten everything done. This is really a great idea for young school aged children up through tweens to keep them on track, independently responsible for their work, and give them extra incentive.
Clipboard Checklists, Stacy Julian – These checklists are simple, easy to make and very straightforward. Clip the checklist to the clipboard and have your tween or teen check things off as they go throughout their routine. If everything is finished at the designated time, you clip a dollar to the clipboard for them to find next time. This is a great instant incentive for older kids who don’t need or want a lot of fuss, and still helps everyone keep track of responsibilities.
Family Chore Board, Our Prairie Home – Here’s a fun and easy way to keep track of daily chores for everyone in the family – and it doesn’t take up a ton of space! It’s a simple board with the names of the family written across and hooks above and below each name. Chores are printed on small laminated tags. Daily tasks are places on the top hook at the beginning of the day and each person moves them down to the bottom hook as they complete them. You can personalize this idea as much as you want, use pictures for pre-readers, offer a point and reward system, or fancy it up as much as you want!
Chore Tags, A Pretty Life – This system works really well for keeping track of those extra chores that pile up. The tags are magnetic, so you can keep them on the fridge or a magnet board. Each tag has an extra chore and a price. The kids get to pick with chores they want to do, and when finished, move the chore to their designated hook (Which could be magnetic or not, your choice.) At the end of the week, just pull the tags from the hook, count up all the prices listed, pay the allowance, and move the tags back to the fridge. Voila! This will work best with older kids and teens who know the value of a dollar!
Ice Cream Cone Chart, Child Made – Little kids will love this colorful, fun, ice cream themed chore chart! Every part of the ice cream cone is sewn separately and has a magnet on the back. Start your child with the empty cone. Each scoop of ice cream has a chore listed on the back. When they complete a chore, they get to add the scoop to their cone! They’re going to flip over making ice cream cones every day and will race to clean to see who can build their cone higher!
Folder Chore Charts, Moritz Line Designs – These couldn’t be easier (or cheaper!) to make and are exceptionally easy to use. The days of the week are listed across the inside pockets and the daily chore check list is stapled under each day. A dollar bill is placed in the pocket above each day. The kids check things off the list and when the whole list for the day is completed, move the money to the envelope on the front of the folder. It’s instant gratification, teaches the value of earning and saving, and places the responsibility and consequences for chores on the kids. This is a great motivational chore “chart” for older kids and tweens!
Photo Chore Chart, A Mom’s Take – This chart turns chores into a game! Everything is magnetic and can go on a magnet board or on the fridge. The chart itself is simply “before” photographs of each chore in a grid, all of them taken before the chore was completed – so messy shelves, unmade bed, etc. The kid’s look at the photos and when a chore is complete, find the matching “after” photo – obviously taken when the chores are completed and therefore clean – in the container or envelope. They place this photo OVER the the messy photo. When all the photos are clean, the kids are done! What a fun way to show them what to do and engage them by turning work into a game!
Clothespin Chore Tracker, The Wid Kids – A super easy chart to make, and a fun way to keep kids on track all throughout the day. Simply make a single row of chores for your child (you can write them, draw them or print them out, then put them on poster board for durability) with your child’s name at the beginning of the row. Start the clothespin on their name at the beginning of the day and have them move it along as they complete each task.
Post-It Note Chore Chart, Tatertots and Jello – Brilliant! This chart uses post-it notes with chores printed on, color-coded for each child! Every chore has 7 checkboxes for the week. Every day, the kids check off the chores that are complete. When they’re totally checked, they place them in the post-it folder. There’s even a “for hire” category with bigger chores printed and a dollar amount if the kids want to do bonus work. What’s great about this system is that it’s so easy to alter. Add chores, take them away, switch them around, whatever! Tweens and teens will like the trendy, fun colors, and mom will like all the work getting done!
Magnetic Photo Chart, My Sister’s Suitcase – Use all those photos you take with your phone throughout the day! Create chore photos with your smartphone and add text with various photo editing apps. Print them out on magnetic sheets and make magnet board separated into columns and the name of each child at the top. Put a small box or envelope under the columns. Place the chores with the appropriate child, and have them move the photos into the box once they are completed. Simple enough for preschoolers, fun enough for older kids!
Responsibility Station, Organizing Junkie – This station has absolutely everything you could want in a chore chart. There’s a checklist for daily chores, a bucket of chore sticks for extra chores or responsibilities, a pay check tear pad where the kids tally up how much they make per day and total it at the end of the week, and even zipper pouches separated into spend it, save it and give it. This system is a little more detailed as far as understanding and using it, but it also reinforces lots of great lessons – math, addition, percentages, charity, responsibility, among others. School-aged kids would love watching their “pay check” add up over the week!
Magnetic Flip Chart, Miss Information – With very little effort and supplies, you can make a cute chart for your fridge that your preschooler will get really excited about! Just use some poster board or heavy card stock and fold it in half. On the top, write, draw or print out pictures of chores all across. On the bottom half, simply cut up to the fold – making the strips you cut as wide as the chores on top. Glue magnets on top and bottom. When your kids complete the chores, they flip the bottom up to the top to reveal a secret message! Just write “all done,” “good job,” etc. on each flap. Kids will love flipping the paper, and encouraged by all the positive reinforcement!
Job Chart Slider, Spoonful – It may look a little complicated at first, but this job chart slider is actually pretty easy to make! You just need paper, cardboard, wooden skewers, straws and glue! In no time you’ll craft up something the little kids will absolutely love to use! List the charts down the first column (you can even divide them into daily and weekly) and on the top write “to do” on one side and “done” on the other. The kids slide the straws from “to do” to “done” – it’s like a game!
Wheel of Responsibility, How Does She – This chore wheel will take virtually no time and effort to make and will save you from lots of arguments! All you need is sturdy card stock, a brad and a pen. Just make concentric circles of colored paper or card stock and divide them up – each tier is for something specific to your own family, with the top or center tier being the names of family members. You can rotate the wheel whenever you see fit, though weekly makes the most sense. This is fun for young kids, but great as they get older too since it’s a simple and indisputable visual of who does what.
From dry erase to magnetic, flip charts, spinners, sliders, stickers and clips, simple checklists to photos and pictures, this list has it all! There’s a chore chart here for everyone – whatever your needs!
Featured image via And We Play.
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com
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20 DIY CHORE CHARTS FOR KIDS
A great way to raise internally motivated children is to have ideas for chores. And a great way to have your children complete chores is to make a DIY chore chart.
DIY chore charts for kids do not need to be complicated and can be tweaked to fit your family’s chore style.
20 DIY CHORE CHARTS FOR KIDS
These cute chore chart ideas can be used to get your family on board with helping out around the house.
SIMPLE CHORE CHART
this printable chore chart is just that – simple. Easily customizable to your child’s age and abilities.
DIY MAGNETIC CHORE CHART
this project uses a magnetic dry erase board, chore magnets, skinny black washi tape, and includes a FREE printable.
KIDS SUMMER CHECKLIST
download and print out this summer checklist that will keep your children engaged and busy!
DIY PRINTABLE CHORE CHART
this printable chore chart can be personalized for your children (OR husband!) and with some glue, twine, wood, and stain you can make a printable chore chart beautiful!
DIY KIDS CHORE CHART BOARD
use a magnetic dry erase board, dry erase markers, and Command picture hanging strips to make this chore chart board that allows you to showcase daily and weekly chores.
EASY CHILDREN’S CHORE CHART
this chore chart is easy for mom and dad to add charts and for kids to check them off when done – and provides endless design options!
PRINTABLE CHORE CHART
this free printable makes 2 chore charts. Using adhesive velcro allows your child to easily move the chores from the “To Do” side of the chart to the “Done” side of the chart.
DIY MAGNETIC DRY ERASE CHORE CHART
changing jobs is easy when using a magnetic dry erase board and dry erase markers. Personalize with washi tape!
FREE KIDS CHORE CHART PRINTABLE
each child can have their own chore chart with a clipboard made just for them decorated with washi tape.
DIY MAGNETIC CHORE CHART FOR KIDS
this chore chart for kids uses a metal baking sheet, spray paint, clear glass gems and washi tape to make daily chore lists for your kids.
DIY CHORE AND BEHAVIOR SYSTEM
this chore chart will teach your child respect, responsibility, and right choices. Using a ticket system, you child will earn tickets for completing tasks, which they can exchange for money.
DIY KIDS PHOTO CHORE CHART
great for younger children who cannot yet read, printing out photos and putting them onto adhesive magnets will allow the children to see which chores need to be completed.
ILLUSTRATED CHORE CHART
this chart allows your child to choose several chores from a master list and add the pictures to their daily chore chart.
MASON JAR CHORE CHART
this chore chart idea uses 4 mason jars, chalkboard paint, hose clamps, and large popsicle sticks to organize your daily chores.
DIY DAILY ROUTINE CHART FOR KIDS
you can use your own images or use the printable template and clothes pins to record chores completed daily.
DIY KIDS CHORE CHARTS
choose your child’s favorite Disney characters or animals and make markers for daily and weekly chores complete.
CHORE STICKS SIMPLE DIY CHORE SYSTEM
use mason jars, craft sticks, washi tape and a hot glue gun to create a chore chart and reward system for your kids.
MORNING MOTIVATION SOLUTION
this chore chart helps your child get ready for the day with different steps needed to get ready in the morning and into bed at night with tasks needed before bed.
AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR KIDS
these printable chore charts provide daily age appropriate chores for kids. You will find a printable sheet for ages 2-3, ages 4-5, ages 6-7, ages 8-9, and ages 10-11.
BACK TO SCHOOL PRINTABLE CHART
this dry erase chore chart lays out the different tasks needed to get ready for school each morning. Using a photo frame and dry erase marker your kids can check off each item completed.
Do you have any DIY chore chart ideas that work well for you?
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using paint chips and a sharpie marker, you can make chores easy with step-by-step instructions.
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12 Simple Chore Chart Ideas + Free Printable Chore Charts!
Having a chore chart is a great idea but what about figuring out some great chore chart ideas to put on them? Since children are all different ages, you’ll need to make certain that you have a chore chart with age-appropriate activities for your family.
That’s why I love using a printable chore chart! One of the best parts about having a printable chore chart is that you can easily change direction as needed.
Simply start by narrowing down the choice from all these chore charts below and then get ready to start talking about using it daily with your child.
Stuck about what to actually put on your chore chart once you have it? I’ve got you covered! I’m also breaking down chore chart ideas by age group below to give you a starting point.
Plus, since you’re using a printable chore chart, you can simply change it up and reprint it again next week if something doesn’t work. It may take a little experimentation, but your children will be helping out around the house in no time at all!
Age-Appropriate Chore Chart Ideas
For chore charts to be successful, your children need to be able to safely do the chores. Keep in mind that the younger children will have to help out too but they’ll be more limited on what they can and can’t do. Below are some chores broke down by age to have on your chore charts at home.
Chore Ideas for Young Children (6 and below)
During this age, keep the chores simple and engaging. Some ideas include:
- Wiping down the windows
- Cleaning the mirrors
- Putting away the clean laundry
- Setting the dinner table at night
- Feeding the pets
- Cleaning their bedroom
Chore Ideas for Children aged 7-10
During this age, your kiddos can start to help out a little bit more. Some chore ideas to add to their chore charts include:
- Washing Clothes
- Taking out the trash
- Putting away the dishes
- Sorting the laundry
- Pulling weeds outside in the yard
- Picking up their bedroom
- Raking leaves
Chore Ideas for Tweens and Teens
At this age, there are a lot of chores that can be added to their lists. Some of these chores could include:
- Mopping the kitchen floor
- Cleaning their bedroom
- Helping to declutter rooms in the home
- Cleaning the bathroom
- Cleaning the baseboards
- Wiping out and down the fridge
- Helping to mow the lawn (if safe and old enough)
- Wash the car
As you can see, all of these simple chore ideas are great things to add to your chore charts. Having the kids help out around the house will soon turn into a habit for them and seem more like a normal daily activity than work.
Free Printable Chore Chart Ideas
Now that you know some great chore chart ideas for the kids in the family, let’s look at some free printable chore charts that you can easily use in your home on a daily basis.
This Chore Chart is full of practical ideas and great for all ages. Why have a chore chart in your house at all if it’s not likely that anyone will actually do the chores.
Check out this easy to use Daily Routine Printable. It’s a simple format that keeps it nice and easy and less stressful for the kids to be able to check off the items that they get done on a daily basis.
In some houses, a morning routine is the sole responsibility of the kids and might be the only “chores” that they have to worry about. This preschool morning chart is a great way to form habits.
You’re going to love this Kids Chore Chart. Not only does it use a lot of visual pictures on it, but it’s created for a wide variety of ages as well. This chart is a great way to get the kids active and engaged in their day.
Why not have the kids help in making their own chore chart? This DIY Chore Chart is a fun way to get everyone involved in creating it from start to finish.
What I love about these No Excuse Chore Cards is that they’re mobile and it allows the kids to take them with them as they’re working through all their chores. They’re not your traditional chore chart, but they’re effective and might be perfect for your home.
More chore printables to consider
Filling in your own chore chart for kids is easy with this Printable Blank Kids Chore Chart. Each day is open and empty and ready to be filled by you!
If you have young kids that you aren’t quite comfortable giving chores to, why not have them try this Daily Visual Schedule? It still gives them a few activities to do and holds them accountable as well.
Take a look at this printable chore chart! Not only does it give you pages of ideas for age-appropriate chores but then it also gives you extra pages to assign and create your chore chart that works for your home, too.
For your preschool-aged child, they’ll love this Preschool Morning Routine printable. It will give them a feeling of being just like the big kids!
Sometimes, when the kids are young enough, just having a list of chores for them to work through is enough. This simple printable might be just what your little helper needs!
Don’t forget this fun chore idea!
Chore Sticks are actually a fun way to get the kids motivated to help out more at home. All you need are some simple popsicle sticks to get started!
See how much fun it can be to find some cute chore printables or ideas to get the kids excited to help out with the housework? Let them decide what printable is going to work best for them, too!
What are some other chore ideas for kids that you would add to the list? I’d love to hear them!
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13 Fun and Whimsical Chore Charts for Kids to Help You Get Started
Chores are a great way to teach kids responsibility, independence, and self-sufficiency. Getting started with kids assigned chores can be challenging, but organization can help. Use one of these chore charts for kids to begin.
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At the beginning of this school year our family began a new morning routine.
After breakfast and before getting dressed, our girls began doing assigned chores – feeding the cat, making school lunches, sweeping the floor, etc.
It’s something I had been meaning to do for a long time, but getting the motivation to start was difficult.
But once our plan was in place and the kids knew what was expected, chores became routine and are now a normal part of what my girls do every day before school.
Now as the kids take care of these household tasks I just sit back, sip my tea, and enjoy scrolling through the morning news.
But truthfully, it has been nice to pass some responsibility over to my children (hello, packing their own school lunches!) and I love seeing them confidently contribute to the household.
One key to being successful with kids’ chores is to write them down – that way there’s no question about who’s responsible for what on a given day.
Chore charts do just that. And they also serve as a visual reminder (for both parents and kids!) of which chores need to be done and when.
13 fun chore charts for kids
The following are some of the best chores charts for kids that I’ve found. A few cost money while others are free.
Try to find a chart that fits your family, life, and the timing of when your children need to do their chores.
Lemon Squeezy Home‘s DIY chore chart:
Self-Sufficient Kids‘ printable chore chart:
A clear acrylic chore chart from 1801 & Co.:
A minimalist chore chart from GoGetterClub:
A list of tasks from I Should be Mopping the Floor:
A whimsical design from A Beautiful Mess:
From Living Well Spending Less:
A DIY chore chart option from Craftaholics Anonymous:
A turquoise personalized chart from Whimsy & Hope:
A fun, playful design from Hello Cuteness:
The Freebie Finding Mom‘s chart:
A colorful minimalist design from Simply Designing:
Penny Pinchin’ Mom‘s chore chart:
From A Bowl Full of Lemons:
From The Life of Amy J Delightful:
Successfully Begin Chores with Kids
Picking out a chore chart is a great first step to beginning chores with kids, but it’s going to take a few more steps to be successful.
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Tip #1: Toddlerhood is best age to begin:
Giving toddlers chores may see absurd – at this age, kids can barely tie their own shoes. But toddlers are naturally willing helpers and are eager to get involved in cleaning. Harness that willingness now before it fades. To begin chores with your toddler click here for more advice.
But what if your children are beyond toddlerhood? Not to worry, it’s still possible to begin chores with kids, no matter their age. It’ll just take a bit more finesse to encourage kids to begin doing household work. The following tips will help you get there.
Tip #2: Let kids have input:
Both adults and kids are more motivated to do work when it’s work they’ve chosen – as opposed to something that’s been imposed upon them. So letting kids have input into which chores they do is a great first step in keeping them motivated to do their chores.
After you pick out a chore chart above, have all family members decide who will do which chores. Including parents in the discussion reinforces the idea that chores are something that every family member does. Kids may be surprised to learn just how much their parents already do around the house.
Beginning chores on this note creates a sense of teamwork and working together for the family’s greater good.
Tip #3: Make sure tasks are age-appropriate:
Kids will feel discouraged if they’re given chores that are too difficult. Make sure your children are choosing chores they can handle and can accomplish successfully.
To see which chores are age-appropriate for your child, click here to gain access to my Age Appropriate Chores for Children List.
Tip #4: Teach kids how to do the chores they’ve chosen:
Sometimes parents assume kids will know how to do a chore that’s easy for a parent to do. But kids almost always need a bit of guidance. Take the time to coach your kids about how to do a chore well.
Also, be careful not to have too high standards. Young kids, in particular, will never do a chore as well as adults. Instead of focusing on a perfect completion of the chore, keep in mind the larger goal of raising a willing helper.
If you feel like your child (especially young child) will feel discouraged if they’re corrected too often, let minor imperfections slide. As kids get older, we can expect more from them, but the main objective of teaching kids responsibility should always come before perfectionism.
Tip #5: Point out the positive and then correct:
If you feel that it’s appropriate to give your child feedback on how they are completing their chore, try your best not to criticize or condemn. Kids will only feel discouraged if feedback is given as a criticism. And it’s like to cause them to not want to do chores anymore.
Instead, point out a positive aspect of their work and then ask them if you can share some advice for future improvement. Kids are more willing to listen to your advice if it’s framed in a non-dictatorial way and they’ve been asked permission first. This delivery continues to set the tone of teamwork and supporting one another as every family member cleans the home.
Tip #6: Have your family do a Cleaning Saturday:
Having kids do chores daily is a great way to establish habits of responsibility. But as a family you could also establish a once-a-month Cleaning Saturday when everyone comes together to clean the entire house.
Teamwork is on full display when everyone is working at the same time. And children get a bigger glimpse into what it really takes to clean a house when everything is accomplished in one day.
Another benefit to having a Cleaning Saturday is the satisfaction of having a fully clean home for at least a day. Or more realistically a few hours. 🙂
Tip #7: Have fun:
No one enjoys cleaning! (I actually know a few people do – which blows my mind – but aren’t they the exception?). So to keep kids motivated try to make cleaning fun. Most kids enjoy listening to music or a podcast when cleaning. Others may enjoy playing a word game (like “I Spy”). These additions are especially helpful during a Cleaning Saturday when multiple tasks are completed at once.
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Create a Chore Chart that Works
Wondering how to create a chore chart that actually works? Here are four simple steps you can take to create an effective DIY chore chart for kids.
Are chores around your house well, a chore?
It can often be a huge challenge to get kids motivated to do their chores—and nearly impossible to get them enthusiastic about their household duties. But the truth is that as parents, it is an essential part of our job to teach kids how to help out around the house and to learn how to become productive members of society. Not only does it make our family life run smoother, it is essential to their own development and self-esteem. As it turns out, kids WANT to help and derive great satisfaction from seeing a task through.
We’ve already found that teaching kids about chores, money, and work is definitely a lifelong process. Even so, here are four steps you can take right now to get started on the right track:
1. Tailor Chores to the Age Level
One way to get started is to be sure the chores on your chart are easily understood by your kids and that each chore is tailored to their age level and your household expectations. Children as young as two can carry out simple chores like collecting the bathroom garbage cans or helping to pick up toys. A teenager might be a much more involved helper, perhaps doing yard work, laundry, and many additional household tasks to prepare for life on their own.
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As you assess what chores need to be done, remember that this is a teaching tool. Younger children may not know how to clean a spotless bathroom mirror or how to make their bed all on their own. They also may not understand household standards. A teenager might not fully understand why they have to separate out reds and blacks from the whites. (One pink t-shirt though, and they might start to come around.) Patience is key. You aren’t going to end up with a spotless house while you put your feet up and read a magazine. (Don’t I wish!) Learning cleaning tips and techniques can take a while.
I recently heard about one mom who started a Pinterest board with her daughter where they share household tips and advice from around the Internet. She said she knew it was a success when her daughter pinned some tips on keeping the shower door spotless. Suddenly she realized she had an enthusiastic helper because she had allowed her daughter to take ownership and feel like she was part of the process.
2. Decide on a Visual that Everyone Understands
A young child may be much more excited about cute pictures, cartoons, and images than words on a chore chart. An older child may have more complicated assignments that need an explanation. Find what works best for your children. A quick search on Pinterest will reveal more ideas than you know what to do with!
To make it even easier for you, we have put together a few different printable chore chart options for you to use. Depending on the age of your kids, one of the following ideas might be the perfect way to motivate them:
Whatever chart you use, make sure that it makes sense to the people who are using it. And don’t make it too complicated! The simpler it is for everyone to use, the more likely you will keep it up!
If you love this resource, be sure to check out the printable version of these chore charts included in our digital library of helpful tools and resources for cleaning faster, taking control of your budget, organizing your schedule, and getting food on the table easier than ever before.
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3. Place Chore Charts in a Visible Location
Charts need to be posted or stored where they’re easy to see and can be accessed by everyone (in case someone needs a little reminder). Before the days of stainless steel kitchens, that place was often the refrigerator door, but lots of other locations would work too, such as a bulletin board hung in the hallway, kitchen, or even right in your child’s bedroom. Or, if hanging is not an option at all, the popsicle stick chore option makes a great alternative and takes only a few inches of shelf space!
Having a Family Command Center, either in the office or in your kitchen can be a great way to make things accessible (and keep them pretty). If you choose to review the charts daily (my recommendation), you’ll want to set aside a special time—maybe right after dinner or before teeth brushing and prayers at night—to review the accomplishments of the day. It doesn’t need to be a big production, but simple love, praise and acknowledgment can be enough to keep the ball rolling.
4. Decide on an Incentive
Some families see chores simply as a part of belonging to the family. As part of the family, children are expected to chip in, help out, and do things around the house. Other parents see a reward system as a powerful tool to motivate kids and teach lessons about earning. Whatever your view, you can still make chore charts work, and in fact, you may find that it’s a valuable tool that you NEED.
Even if you choose not to reward your children with money, they may need to complete tasks around the house to earn privileges, such as a playdate, a movie, device time, or another reward. Putting up a visual reminder of the end goal can be helpful. Just like chore charts offer a visual way to track the completed tasks, putting the reward right on the chart can serve as a reminder and an incentive
Some parents post dollar amounts right on the chore chart or attach envelopes to move money whenever a task is done. One mom I know actually hides her child’s reward on Saturday mornings in the room that the child is assigned to dust. Let me tell you—her house can pass a white glove test when she’s done!
Get creative. Even teens (who are “too cool” to be motivated by a sticker on a chore chart) will be very motivated when they can see a clear incentive or end goal. Having to complete your chore list before going out can work wonders!
Finally, don’t be afraid to mix it up as you go. If you feel that your chore chart is getting boring or your kids are growing out of it, try something new! Remember, your objectives are not only to get your kids enthusiastic about helping around the house, but to understand that money comes from work, and to find happiness and satisfaction in a job well done!
To summarize, here are some of the best ways to create a chore chart for your children that WORKS!
- Tailor Chores to the Age Level
- Decide on a Visual that Everyone Understands
Place Chore Charts in a Visible Location
Decide on an Incentive
Do your kids do chores? How do you keep them motivated?
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Age Appropriate Chores Chart For Children
Parents looking for ideas of chores for kids will often seek out chore charts for age-appropriate chores. One such chore chart for children was developed by Maria Montessori who founded her first school in Tarrytown, NY in 1911. It’s not just her namesake style of alternative schooling that makes her chore chart so popular. What’s most startling is that the chart suggests that age-appropriate chores, in fact, start much sooner than most parents realize. But should 2-year-olds really be setting the table? Should 4-year-olds be vacuuming, 6-year-olds weeding the garden and 10-year-olds mowing the lawn? The answer, as is the case for so much in parenting, is that it depends on your kid.
“Every kid is different. Every relationship in every family dynamic is different,” explains positive psychologist Dr. Robert Zeitlin, author of Laugh More, Yell Less: A Guide to Raising Kick-Ass Kids. “So the idea that a 2-year-old child should be doing something specific, in my opinion, is a generalization which isn’t useful to a parent.”
Zeitlin notes that parents are the best ones to decide if children are ready for certain chores based on their child’s developmental progress. A decision to have a 2-year-old kid carry firewood should not be made arbitrarily, particularly if that child isn’t particularly strong or coordinated. “You know your kid,” he notes. “You know where they are developmentally you know what’s appropriate to ask of them.”
That doesn’t mean that parents can’t challenge their children if they want a kid who isn’t ready for a task to step up. It simply means that parents need to offer a bit more guidance and help prepare a kid for the larger task. In order to do that Zeitlin recommends parents take the bigger task and break it down into constituent parts. This creates a path towards the whole task. A child might not be ready to load and run the dishwasher, but they might be able to put a bowl in or add the detergent. As they become more capable they can take on even more of the task, like unloading and putting away dishes.
As an educational philosophy, it extends beyond the school, and suggests that household chores are perfect for the sort of goal setting and task mastering that raises self esteem while simultaneously teaching important life skills. Also not new: parents who feel inadequate in the face of the more-than-slightly idealized version of kids that Montessori sometimes seems based on.
That’s not to say that the famous Montessori chore chart should be disregarded. As an educational philosophy, Montessori extends beyond the school and suggests that household chores are perfect for the sort of goal setting and task mastering that raises self-esteem while teaching important life skills. And for what it’s worth, research is on Montessori’s side when it comes to chores. They are in fact correlated with future success. PLus when they are unpaid, they help a child learn about the value of helping others.
But Zeitlin suggests that there’s no need to go all in on any particular chore chart for kids. Even worse is the idea of feeling bad your kid isn’t developmentally able to tackle a task laid out by Montessori. “If parents haven’t considered some of the chores that are on there, it’s good for research,” he says. “I don’t think it’s something they need to cling to. I think it’s something to use as raw material to create their own chore chart that syncs with their own values.”
In other words, pick up a chore chart template and fill it out with chores that reflect what’s important to your own family. There is a greater chance the chores will be appropriate for your kid, completed and beneficial for everyone involved — just the way Montessori would have wanted.
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90,000 Old Planks in the Interior [# Top 100 Vintage Ideas 2019]
Old board is a beautiful natural material that is successfully used in the decor of any room
Old boards in the interior are not only a tribute to modern fashion, but a great opportunity to make your home unique, with a unique character and pronounced individuality.
Cracks, knots, insect-eaten passages, peeling paint, worn texture, traces of salt or bunches, warehouse stamps – all this has its own past.What these boards were before: someone’s fence or barn wall; the side of a fishing boat or a box used to transport goods across the ocean; Or maybe they were used to make the stage on which the famous rock group performed half a century ago?
Children’s room with dark board decoration
Unusual wooden bathroom with a cabinet on the attic floor
Photo wallpaper imitating an old board
The barn board in the interior of the kitchen looks very impressive
Agree, it is pleasant and exciting, sitting in your living room or dining room, to reflect on the history of a time-worn tree, which in modern times continues to give home comfort and forms the character of the entire home.And there is no need to talk about the possibility of realizing the most daring design ideas.
Old boards will fit in a wide variety of interiors: refined shabby chic, home country, romantic nautical, daring loft and many others where individuality and non-standard design solutions are valued.
Trend or Tradition?
The use of old boards in the design of the interiors of city apartments, country houses, restaurants or showrooms is considered by many to be a tribute to modern fashion, another trend that has just come at an opportune time, in which everything exclusive, unusual, non-standard is appreciated.But this opinion is only partially true.
Each person at all times tried to make his home individual, not like everyone else, experimented with styles, furnishings and decor. And of course, from time immemorial, people have used wood in the decoration of houses, which added warmth, coziness, created an atmosphere of comfort and harmony with the surrounding world. The new houses smelled like wood, fresh resin, but they lacked the atmosphere of habitation, family traditions and touching memories.
Zoning the dining area with a wide barn board
Light wood floor with aging effect
Only over the years, the boards absorbed the spirit of the family, generational changes, smells, memorable cracks and marks appeared on them, layers of paint changed, forming the so-called plaque of time.
New generations, who returned to the house of their ancestors, recalled their childhood with nostalgia, looked at photographs of grandparents, young parents, plunging into the atmosphere of home serenity, accompanied by a slight creak of old floorboards. And it became so sad when the old house was being demolished, the fence, on which things were dried, were dismantled, and the boards were burned in the oven, not a trace remained of the barn, and the leaky boat was allowed to run on firewood.
In a rapidly changing world, there was no place for old things, and the glossy shine of plastic, the cold shimmer of metal and glass, the austerity of concrete and granite, which ousted natural wood from the interiors of progressive townspeople, deprived many of the chance to express their individuality.History went down in history, and it was replaced by luxurious, but empty glamor and practical, but detached high-tech.
But everything is cyclical, so the inhabitants of megalopolises soon began to lack what the post-industrial era could not offer: home warmth, traditions, harmony. By the end of the 20th century, everything natural began to return to fashion, eco-style and vintage became the favorites of the era, and the reuse of old things gained its army of followers. The new interiors acquired what they had lost before: the soul, the application of the ideas of the harmonious coexistence of man and nature, history and character.
Warm room atmosphere thanks to natural materials
Cozy kitchen-dining room located on the attic floor
Modern owners of new apartments and newly built houses make a lot of efforts to give their home a character with history, to make a kind of family nest. Old boards in the interior do an excellent job with this task, playing a completely different role in their renewed life than in the past.
New life of old boards
Oh, how attractive, charming and romantic old boards look in the interior, the photos simply delight, forcing more and more people to join the circle of fans of this design.Dried by the sun and wind, absorbed sea salt, cracked from frost or heat, eaten away by bark beetles – these boards have lost their original appearance, but over the years they have only become more noble, more expressive, “wiser”. Now they are carefully, trying not to damage, stored in warehouses in anticipation of new owners who will appreciate and love them even more than in their previous life.
Tip ! That , that before threw out or burned , today valued very high : granary or fence boards , cargo boxes , shelves , parts furniture , boats , carts – for total there its seat .
Beautiful double bed in shabby chic style
Old planks have many uses in modern interiors:
- Decorating walls or highlighting just one part to accentuate a functional or decorative area. Such a solution can replace the use of traditional materials (wallpaper, paint, plaster) or be successfully combined with them, if you choose the right texture and shade.
- Flooring or highlighting a part of the floor, such as a podium.
- Use as elements of furniture, window sills, doors, bar counter, partitions. Boards can be used entirely or by sawing out parts from them, with a careful fit to each other and subsequent decor.
- Creation of accessories – shelves, decorative panels, frames for mirrors or photographs, etc.
Tip ! Original look elements interior , for creation which old boards different shades and sizes were used.
Creating a harmonious interior
You want to touch old boards, feeling their rough texture, warmth of wood, to feel the course of history. That is why interiors decorated with such material attract on a subconscious level, and not only with their aesthetic appearance, because a person is always drawn to nature and his roots. And in the accelerated rhythm of modern megacities, one so wants to come home, plunge into a completely different world, far from the industrial cycle with its abundance of cold glass and metal, soulless gray concrete.
Country building with a ceiling made of aged planks
Tip! Not each old board worth seats in modern interior . Not enough just disassemble fence and make from him floor . Boards , which yes are new life , unique , have special features in form knots , marks , cracks , paints and pr .
To make old boards look harmonious in the interior, it is important to follow a number of recommendations:
- Finishes or accessories made from old boards should not attract undue attention to themselves, but only emphasize the design, giving the impression that this is exactly what was intended.Therefore, when finishing, you should carefully select the boards in size and thickness, shade, pattern, be sure to include some special elements.
- Do not use the material too actively, trying to decorate the entire room with it. 1-2 basic elements and a couple of accents are enough, for example, aged floor boards in combination with the same wall panel, headboard, large mirror frame, table or wardrobe. Otherwise, you may get the feeling that the room needs urgent repairs.
Old board is perfect for rustic interior decoration
- To make the interior look fresh, modern, it is better to balance old boards with splashes of bright or contrasting color accents, use modern finishing materials, high-quality natural textiles.
- A great way to emphasize the character of a room, to tell its story, is to combine old planks on the floor or furniture with brick walls.
Old boards will come in handy when decorating the interior in the loft style, where all the unique elements that contrast with the urban design, collected from all over the world and with their own history, are appreciated.In addition, brick, metal and an abundance of light will very effectively coexist with the old tree, filling the house with coziness, warmth, which are so lacking in spacious rooms.
With the help of old boards, it is easy to give exclusivity and character to rooms decorated in shabby chic or country styles, Scandinavian or nautical, eco or ethnic, where wood is a full participant in the interior.
Old boards in the interior of a modern house
The use of old boards in a modern house is appropriate when decorating any room:
- Living room – aged boards can decorate the wall of this room, cracked paint will effectively combine with modern furniture, overlap with individual decor elements.A floor made of old boards, decorated with a Persian carpet, whose lush design will contrast favorably with worn floorboards, will look beautiful. You can always decorate the living room wall with a large mirror in an untreated frame made of old boards.
- Bedroom – Old boards can be a great base for headboards, dressing tables, decorative ceiling beams. In the latter, you can integrate backlighting, which will effectively highlight all the cracks in the wood.Such elements, combined with a wooden floor, will give the bedroom the charm of a secluded house in the mountains with its tranquility and harmony.
Bar board fits almost any interior style
Dedicated sleeping area with aged board
- Kitchen – cabinet fronts, dining table, chairs, table top can be made of old boards, creating a spectacular contrast with modern glass and polished metal technology.Such a kitchen will become much more comfortable, it will be pleasant to spend family evenings on it or receive guests.
- Cabinet – the charm of old boards will help you tune in to a working mood, immerse yourself in an atmosphere of thought. The floor, walls, bookshelves made of old wood are perfect for leather furniture, the soft light of a table lamp.
Tip ! Uniqueness old boards in volume , that they like fingerprints – two identical not exist . Drawing on wood , color planks , degree wear , terrain origin and features operation – all this so individually , so easy create exclusive interior , not thinking repeats .
Old boards are no less relevant in the interior of the country house, where wood was traditionally used as one of the main materials. If the walls are sheathed with old clapboard, then you should not rush to remove it entirely and change it to gypsum board. You can breathe new life into the dilapidated lining, changing its color, sanding individual areas if desired. Such decoration will be complemented by modern country-style furniture, laconic furnishings in Scandinavian or minimalist styles.
Where can I get old boards?
As a raw material, almost any boards are suitable, which are often stored by many in the country, left over from a fence, a disassembled barn, etc.If suitable materials are difficult to find, then you can buy old boards for the interior in specialized stores.
Of course, their cost is high, since most of the products are unique, supplied from Europe and the USA, and their age is more than a dozen years. But such boards have the very coveted imprint of the time: original preserved fittings (handles, locks, plates), old customs stamps, etc. In addition, each item has already passed the stage of preparation and has become absolutely safe for the consumer.
Tip ! You can find boards , whose age totals to 2-4 centuries . Similar products are offered by some suppliers from North America and Germany .
You can always search for suitable material on Internet sites, auctions, where there are always interesting options from those who want to get rid of old or unnecessary things. In this case, you are more likely to purchase the product at a relatively low price.
Harmonious combination of old board and metal in the interior of the kitchen
Another option is to use in interior decoration not old boards, but their imitation in the form of wallpaper, tiles, etc. Modern manufacturers offer such realistic products that only by touch you can determine that it is a “fake”.
If suitable planks are lying around in the country, but their shade is not suitable for the implementation of the conceived design, then they can always be painted in the desired colors. It can be pastel, faded or bright shades, one or several at once on different boards – it all depends on the chosen style. But the most important thing is that the paint must retain the texture of the material, so it is better to use water-based formulations, tint them to your taste.
Tip ! You can paint a board with a continuous layer or leaving careless strokes , through which appears original color of wood .
Many manufacturers of wooden finishing materials even offer to purchase artificially aged boards, which practically do not differ from the original ones, while fully meeting safety requirements and standards. Such boards can be used to decorate walls and floors, without thinking that they do not have sufficient strength.
Of course, visually, an interior with a similar design will look very impressive, but it will remain quite formulaic, so it is worth at least partially filling it with really old wooden elements.
You can artificially age the boards yourself, using suitable compositions and studying one of the many master classes.
Is it worth or not to create an interior using old boards? Of course, yes, especially since modern fashion practically does not limit the use of such material in a variety of styles. Worn, faded, insect-eaten boards create an atmosphere of inimitable comfort, fill the room with warmth, “play” with the inhabitants of the house and stimulate the imagination.
90,000 39 original ideas + how to do it yourself
They say that nothing motivates better than clarity. If you have a list of tasks and important reminders, inspiring ideas and strategic goals in front of your eyes, you work much more productively. But even if you do not work at home, and sit down at the computer to relax, there are probably notes and plans that would be good to keep “in sight”.
Modern gadgets and electronic planners with their reminders, of course, are useful things.But not everyone is suitable. And the traditional notebook is generally “silent” and will not remind you of anything at the right time (and the number of such “books” can go off scale) …
If you agree with these considerations, we suggest acquiring a practical assistant – a board for notes and important small papers. Yes, the assortment of these boards in Russian stores is very limited, and the prices sometimes “bite”.
But this is not a reason to refuse such a convenient thing! We have collected a lot of ideas on the topic of such wall reminder boards.And you will find that most of the options are not difficult to do with your own hands. As a result, it will come out not only much cheaper (than a factory board), but it will also take into account absolutely all your wishes – to options, size and appearance. Those. in essence it will be an exclusive piece made especially for you.
Sounds tempting? If so, welcome to our new guide to practical wall organizer boards. If you want to see more ideas on this topic, check out the previous issue of Kicking Reminders: 63 Message Board Ideas.
magnetic whiteboards and sticky notes:
One of the most popular modern solutions. It is enough to attach the board to the wall and have a supply of magnets. However, if the size of the magnetic boards from the stores does not suit you, you can make it yourself from thin metal (photo-2). Or – from things that can be found in the house, for example, from an old tin tray, which is gathering dust in the closet (photos 11 and 12). Or – from unusual materials, for example, decorative grilles (photos 4 and 5), which can be looked for in building markets.
By the way, if you are not satisfied with the “cold” color of the magnetic board (usually white, gray, black), you can paint it in a different shade, spray paint for metal. Or – cover it with a beautiful fabric, securing the edges on the back (photo 7 and 8). This will not affect the “attractive” properties of the magnetic board.
Do you want to clutter up the wall with a massive board? Use narrow magnetic strips (photos 9 and 10). They will help keep small sheets of paper in order and will become an original decoration of the room.They can also be made with your own hands from scrap materials. Or – buy kitchen magnetic knife strips.
cork boards for papers and reminders:
Another well-known solution is a cork board + buttons. You can choose one board or several, hang on the wall or set on a table. It will harmoniously fit into the interior of the room if you surround the board with shelves and paint the wooden frame in the color of these shelves.
Too trite, but your soul requires creativity? Decorate the cork board with colored paper or stickers – straight to the cork surface.Or secure a piece of fabric after disassembling the frame. Use a scrapbooking or decoupage technique. Or make a do-it-yourself cork board from roll cork available from home furnishing stores.
If several people work in the room, each organizer can be signed. By the way, such a board is suitable not only as a practical element, but also for decorating a room.
You do not have enough small pieces of paper with reminders, and starting a diary is too trivial? Buy a magnetic or slate board lined with cells (or draw one yourself).Write a number in each cell – and the original organizer calendar is ready! In the boxes, you can enter affairs, important meetings, the beginning of the session and holidays, fix bills and tickets. Now you will no longer get lost in the mass of things to come.
French organizer boards:
Is beauty as important to you as order? This means that you will definitely like French boards. Usually they are made on a solid basis of fabric and strong braid (or decorative elastic), to which the reminders cling.
But you can do with one braid, trimming a separate section with it – between the planks or shelves (photos 4 and 5) or the entire wall (photo-6). A laconic analogue of a French board can be made from a metal decor, if you drill holes in it and fix an elastic band (photo-7), such a board will become magnetic at the same time.
For more information on how to make a French board for papers and photographs with your own hands, see a separate guide.
do it yourself – boards for papers in original frames:
A homemade note board can be decorated with a frame or baguette (both classic and modern).Think about the style, choose the right fabric, paper and decor – and your workplace will be transformed!
If you are sure that you have chosen the place for the board correctly, you can “mark” the frame right on the wall with tapes or a sticker-frame, and attach an elastic band or tapes to its inner parts that will hold the paper (photo-7).
Is there an embroidery hoop? Attach a beautiful fabric to the front side and foam rubber inside, your note board will become unusually round.
Watch a master class on how to make a display board out of a beautiful frame and metal mesh with your own hands (project # 4). It can be used both as a wall organizer and as a display for photos.
90,000 100 ways to implement a fashionable idea, part 1
Remember your childhood, when you were in school and 15 minutes after the beginning of the lesson, you looked longingly at the blackboard, counting the minutes until the saving bell. A lot of boring, but insanely useful recordings were then made on it.During classes, the slate board, alas, is completely subject to the teacher … But how exciting it was to come off after school, painting on this tormentor everything that your heart desires! What you see in our new series has nothing to do with boredom! The fashionable idea of decorating walls and various objects in the house with an imitation of a slate board is incredibly diverse and you will see for yourself.
On the Internet, especially in the West, there are a huge number of examples of the use of a slate in the interior.However, choosing among them those that really decorate the house, and do not turn it into a branch of the local cemetery, was not so easy. But, nevertheless, it is possible. The result is in front of you.
We have divided the series into several parts. The first and second (about the slate in the nursery, kitchen and other rooms of the house) will follow each other, and two more will be included in the expanded topics. All variations on the theme of a slate board are not just an interesting and unusual decor, but a real space on which you can write or draw with crayons.
Also check out our latest installment on How to Use the Chalkboard Idea in the Kitchen – 10 Tricks and 60 Photos.
So, part 1. In it you will see:
- how to decorate the interior with a slate board, i.e. decor on a local section of the wall up to 1 square meter, often removable, sometimes – painted on the walls in the form of a table;
- How to effectively renovate wooden doors by painting individual elements with slate-effect paint;
- as labels in the form of small slate boards will help to put things in order in different parts of the house;
- other little things that imitate slate boards that you can look for in stores or do it yourself.
slate boards – creative home decor:
We start with the boards themselves, because they became the prototype of the original interior idea. You can get these in one of two ways:
1. buy ready-made in the store;
2. do it yourself from a piece of plywood, paint for wood with the effect of a slate board and a frame. If you are sure that you have chosen its place correctly before the next repair, you can draw a slate board right on the wall.To do this, you will need a similar paint specifically for covering the walls, it is quite possible to find it. The framing can be a decorative baguette or wooden planks.
How to decorate doors with imitation slate:
Excellent option for decorating wooden doors with a touch of vintage style. The same paint, which was mentioned above, is used to paint individual elements or the entire door. It is used for both interior doors and cabinet doors.
blackboard as a label:
If you want to use the useful qualities of a slate board, try creating it on a mini scale. For example, to recognize the contents of cans, boxes, baskets. The problem of guessing what is inside can now be easily solved, even if you want to rewrite the label from time to time. In a similar way, you can designate the name of indoor or garden plants by making mini-plaques for them made of plywood, painted with paint with the effect of a slate board.
Interior details + slate effect paint:
And here we have collected 12 more small items that will show other ways to put a slate board in your home.
DIY business board: step-by-step instructions
Greenworks equipment is marketed as rechargeable, and the assortment includes a wide range of tools for gardening. But do not think that apart from this, the catalog will not find anything suitable for people without a suburban area.In the 24V series, you can find a large selection of hand tools that will be useful not only during repairs, but also when creating unique handmade items.
This time we will tell you what a business board is, why you need it, and how to make it yourself.
What is a business board?
A business board, or as it is called in another way, a Montessori board or simply “a board with all sorts of buttons and switches” is a children’s educational toy that makes life easier for parents and gives joy to children.The word “business board” is derived from the English combination “busy” – “busy, entertaining”, and “board” – a board. This toy was developed at the beginning of the last century by the famous Italian teacher Maria Montessori. The basis of teaching methods for children was the principle of giving the child the freedom to choose actions. Indeed, if you look at the board, you can see many different elements, among which the child will definitely find an entertaining activity for himself.
Initially, only different types of locks were supposed on the board, but today the imagination of manufacturers has gone much further, and all kinds of switches, buttons, bulbs, and even musical instruments and telephones can be placed on the board.
The benefits of business boards
It is possible to use a business board in the development of a baby from six months, when the child has learned to crawl and sit without assistance. While playing with the board, the child develops the most important qualities, such as:
- motor skills
In addition, everyday skills are also developing, because where else can a child with impunity and usefully learn about how switches work, what buttons do and why gadgets are needed? ☺
Patience and perseverance also develops, because turning on a light bulb or pushing the latch may not work the first time.Spending only 15 minutes a day playing, experts note that children develop faster in general and have a greater awareness of everyday life in particular.
Types of business boards
In stores and on the Internet, you can see a great variety of varieties of entertaining children’s toys. But how do you know what to buy or make? Let’s see what types of business boards are.
Classic rectangular boards are the simplest and at the same time effective version of the business board.The only drawback of this design is that the board must be firmly fixed so that it is easy for the child to play with it. Ideal if you’re ready to drill through the walls and hang your board. Otherwise, you can fix the business board on stable or stationary pieces of furniture. You can use a classic business board in a horizontal position, but at the same time reduce its height: so that the child can reach all the elements without climbing on top of the board, the height should not exceed 30-40 cm.
Double or double-sided is a slightly more complicated toy design.At the base, everything also remains a rectangular board, but at the same time it is divided by a partition on hinges and is installed in the room in the form of a “hut”. It is easier for a child to use this version of a toy due to the inclination, but stability suffers a little – if the baby presses too hard on the parts, the structure will “go”, and if it rests, there is a risk of falling. But this option is convenient to take with you on trips, since the structure is quite compact, and instead of one “working” side, both parts of the board are used.
Figured business board is a slightly more complicated basic form, but the functionality remains the same. Making such a toy is somewhat more difficult than a classic board, but you can show your maximum imagination. The shape can also be chosen based on the gender and preferences of the child: cars, castles, animals or geometric shapes. The only drawback when creating a curly business board can be called the complexity of the placement of elements, but with proper planning of the future toy, the result should be amazing!
Bizikub and Bizid is the largest and most functional type of Montessori toy.Based on the name, it can be understood that the functional sides of the bizikub and the house are 6 or more, and, accordingly, much more useful elements can be placed. Also, the space for the game increases, and the stability is maximized. If we consider the game cube, then the disadvantage can be noted the lack of the ability to effectively use the internal space, in contrast to the bizidom, as well as some inconvenience during the game – to work with a completely vertical surface, the baby will have to either constantly bend over or sit.Bizidom is a little more effective in this regard: firstly, in addition to the external sides of the house, you can use the roof and internal parts, or organize the internal space as a full-fledged house for a child.
Also, an important factor is the age of the child to whom the developmental toy is intended. As noted above, the business board is suitable for children of the youngest age – from six months to 4-5 years. But the elements on the board will be different depending on the age group.
For the little ones, it is recommended to use soft textile materials so that the baby cannot get hurt – items of clothing, lacing, zippers and many other fabric materials. The older the child, the more complex elements you can use: latches, locks, bells, buttons, light bulbs. For the older group, it will be appropriate to use even electrical circuits.
Be careful! All elements on the bodyboard must be securely fastened to eliminate the risk of injury!
Having dealt with the types and types of business boards, you can start creating it.
DIY business board: instruction
Creating a business board with your own hands will help not only save a decent amount, but also free the pantry from a lot of unnecessary things, and also make a unique thing for your child with your own hands. The creation will not take much time, but the hours of silence and tranquility of the parents will noticeably increase.
Before you immediately start creating a business board for a child, you need to decide on the type of board, the age group of the baby, and also prepare all the necessary tools for future work.For beginners, we advise to make the classic look of the business board , as its handling will be easier for inexperienced users. If the desire and experience are great, then you can create any of the types of toys, you just need imagination!
So, what you need to create a classic business board:
- Idea of what exactly you are going to do at the exit. For inspiration, check out the photo gallery below.
- Plank or plywood of suitable size.Here it is necessary to take into account the position in which the future toy will be used, as well as the growth of the child. It is important that the baby gets to all the structural elements. We recommend using a board size of 50×70 cm. But remember that for kids from six months, the height of the toy is less.
- Functional elements.
- Self-tapping screws
- Locking eye screws (6-8 pcs)
It is noteworthy that all of the above tools operate on one battery, because they belong to the Greenworks 24V line.For continuous operation, two batteries are sufficient: while you work with the tool, the second battery is charged, and vice versa.
An important point to note is the functionality of the future business board. It will be much better if the locks become “real”, that is, to fulfill their direct function – to lock the doors, and the switch will really light the light bulb. So the child will quickly understand the cause-and-effect relationship between his actions, and learning will go faster.
What elements should be on a business board?
There is no strict rule of what exactly should be on an entertaining board.You are only limited by your imagination. If you don’t even have an idea of what to attach to the board, here are some useful elements that you will definitely need for an exciting game:
- several types of locks (latch, hook and latch)
- several textile elements with different fasteners (pockets with Velcro, button, zip and button)
- light source (diode strip or flashlight with batteries)
- Sound source (bells, xylophones, doorbell)
- switches (preferably functional)
- socket with plug (ideal if it is thanks to it that one of the light sources will be switched on)
- large beads or rings on wire (needed for counting training)
- castors and hinges
In addition to the above elements, you can attach elements suitable for a particular child to the board.For example, for boys, you can glue a handlebar or a bicycle bell on the board, and for girls, a mirror or hairpins on a string will be a suitable element. It is also useful to place letters or numbers: from the letters it is enough to simply collect the name of the child to whom the board is intended, and the numbers will help in learning the count.
To start with , it is necessary to process the board , on which functional elements will be placed in the future.To do this, using a jigsaw, you need to cut a suitable shape from the prepared plywood. If the workpiece is already of a suitable size, and you did not plan the figured board, then this stage can be skipped.
Once the board is cut and the dimensions fit, the planning phase begins. On a piece of paper or directly on a blackboard, mark out the future arrangement of functional elements with a pencil.
Please note that there should be space between the elements so that the child visually understands what should be attached to what and which element belongs to which group.Do not overload the board with a lot of bright elements and stickers – they can interfere with the child’s focus on a specific task and distract from the learning process.
After marking , sand the surface, corners and edges of the board with a sander. This must be done so that the baby does not get splinters and other injuries. The corners are best done with rounded corners to eliminate any risks. Safety comes first!
Optional, but after sanding the board can be painted and varnished, but the drying process can significantly increase the manufacturing time.If you decide to paint the board, then after that experts recommend completely abandoning the use of multi-colored elements. It is best to leave the board in its original color. So you can not only focus the baby’s attention, but also refuse to use harmful substances.
Next comes the most interesting process – placement of elements on an almost finished business board. Doors that can be placed are also convenient to cut with a jigsaw, but you need to remember about the size – experts recommend making doors no more than 14 cm in height, and behind it you must place a drawing or a pocket.So the child will not lose interest in such an entertaining thing for a long time. Also, when cutting out doors, you need to take into account future hinges, if the door will be located directly in the plywood, and not outside. And don’t forget to sand the edges!
Use a screwdriver when placing items on plywood. Many toy fasteners are fixed with self-tapping screws, which are not very comfortable to tighten by hand. The only exceptions are the screw-in screws. They do not have the usual hat, so you still have to twist them.Tighten 6-8 of these screws in pairs and pass the lace through the “eyelet” and the imitation of lacing on the boots is ready!
Please note: if you are going to secure items with batteries or batteries, make sure that the child will not have access to hazardous items!
At the final stage, you will need a grinder and a renovator again. Check the back of the finished bodyboard – it should be flat. If self-tapping screws stick out on the back side, then you need to cut them off using just the Greenworks renovator.
By the way, the renovator is a multifunctional universal tool that will help in everyday life. With it, you can cut off an extra piece of carpet or linoleum, saw off protruding parts of nails or screws, grind uneven or ribbed surfaces, and also cut off unnecessary pieces of metal and plastic pipes during repairs, and even cut out holes for sockets in the wall!
After the reverse side of the business board has been processed from protruding screws and sanded, remains only to securely fasten toy and call the child to get acquainted with new objects!
What not to do
When making a business board, the fantasy and desire of parents to make an effective and useful toy prevail.But there are a number of limitations.
- If you are going to paint plywood, then use non-toxic paints, varnishes
- Those elements that cannot be fixed on the board with self-tapping screws must be glued with glue. It also should not be toxic, it is best to use ordinary PVA
- Do not use too small or sharp objects. No matter how firmly the elements are fixed, the child, after long attempts, can tear off and swallow a small part
- Batteries must be safely hidden from the child
- Take care of the maximum stability of the board.Extra bindings never get in the way
Below, in the photo gallery, you can find inspiration to create a unique business board. We hope this article has become useful to you and your kid will enjoy using the learning board! I wish you success!
Decorating a chalkboard into an attractive interior for your home
If you have a nondescript wall near your stove, you can use it as a storage for recipes written in colorful crayons.Such a design solution will give the room a bit of brightness and creativity.
The signature places of the bar, written in front of each chair, will add a piece of enthusiasm and spontaneity to your kitchen. Use dark kitchen cabinet doors for a shopping list or recipe. To give the kitchen a little “make-up”, write on the blackboard with colored chalk.
In the spacious kitchen, you can easily find a place for the board. Why not take an entire wall? Chalk can be used in a wide variety of colors.
The only thing that stands between us and the subtle decorative part is imagination. No matter the place or purpose, the chalkboard will never disappoint you. An antique accessory will make you remember the past, awaken nostalgic feelings.
In the dining room, as a rule, a beautiful panel on the wall, an excerpt from a work of art, something personal, a menu and even a banal wish of bon appetit, looks good in the dining room.
Emphasize your guests’ attention on the chalkboard by posting art or quotes that you like.
You can always use a board in the common dining room. Try to leave an inspiring message. Use your talent – create a unique wall perfect for any occasion. Dark paint allows you to turn any surface into a board that will become an object of inspiration and opportunity for you.
Planks in a small bathroom will help it look modern and unusual. Chalkboard is very versatile and you can change its appearance in a matter of minutes.If you prefer tiles, wallpaper on the walls, then you can use a plank on the bathroom door.
The black color on the walls in the bathroom and soft lighting will create a special pleasant look for the room. You can paint only part of the wall, or if you like a painted ceiling, take this opportunity to create a unique decor for your bathroom.
Good communication in the morning is always nice. Turn walls into inspirational boards for a big daily start. Try a mix of painting, writing, and wall art.There are tons of ideas you can use to help nondescript walls look interesting and creative.
A chalkboard can help organize space.
A bathroom wall is usually decorative. A simple and ingenious idea – to mount a board on the wall for writing messages – will make this space transform to become more attractive.
A good alternative to the board on the wall, positioned at the head of the bed.Have fun with personalizing the space, don’t be afraid to express yourself.
It is best not to place the baby’s bed close to the board. Anchor the board away from the furniture – let the kids have fun drawing on it, leaving you good news and drawings.
The practical person can enjoy a giant calendar in the bedroom. Try to write a quote or an excerpt from a book that you really like and that suits the room and your mood. A chalkboard on the wall allows you to use your imagination to decorate the room in an unusual way.Give your bedroom a royal look, even if it really isn’t.
Chalkboard makes a fun interactive background for any bedroom. A blackboard is a great way to emphasize attention without drawing or writing.
It can be used as an object for the presentation of your talents. If it is not possible to place art objects on it, you can do something with your own hands, for example, the same calendar.
Try painting something artistic and turning the wall into a painting for a casual décor in the bedroom.
The trend of modernism makes it possible to use boards as decorative elements of space that decorate the interior.
To eliminate the association with school and study, decorators offer many ideas for using a chalkboard as an accessory in the living room space.
It is not necessary to write or draw anything on the wall – pictures and photos will cheer you up, emphasize style, add a little color.
Decorations have always been a challenge to taste and imagination.People tend to personalize the space they live in, and this makes them feel comfortable.
Modernism in creativity makes your space convenient and comfortable. Keep in mind that chalkboards can not only make the surface of your home more fun, but you should be prepared for family members to be allergic to chalk dust.
An interesting idea is to use a chalkboard in a children’s room. If you have preschoolers, the options are endless.
There is always time for fun in creative and educational activities – you just need to buy paint cans. With the blackboard in the room, children will always find something to do, because they can write, draw and play on it.
The fact is that the board is very easy to clean – this will enable children to try new things every day, regardless of age.
Even teenagers can find this useful and fun. Personal chalkboards will be an excellent tool for teaching children at home, can serve as a drawing space, ideal for teaching writing, solving math problems.
Your children will be very happy if you create an interesting corner in the room where they can express themselves. You can draw, create creative work on the board, and it is best to place it in the corner of the room.
Paint does not always have to be black, you can buy or make boards in different colors. But if you decide to make it black, paint the other walls white or bright.
Encourage creativity, art, talent and imagination. Think about it, perhaps your future Aivazovsky is growing up, who knows.
Place under the stairs
Don’t be afraid to be adventurous by covering the entire wall with a chalkboard. If you have artistic skills, you can use a simple board and a piece of chalk to create a beautiful piece of art.
Living in the digital age is losing the charm of our childhood. The chalkboard is perfect for home with kids or adults who love to create doodles.
If you have outdoor space – backyard, large terrace – consider hanging homemade planks.You can also graffiti the walls along the fence.
Let your child enjoy the game in the warm season and, at the same time, try himself as an artist.
Ironing board built into the sliding wardrobe
We welcome all those who decided to start rebuilding their own apartment. Today we are interested in an ironing board built into a wardrobe. With the help of such fittings, you can greatly save storage space and time to get it and prepare it.
After studying this material, you will understand what are the advantages of such solutions, what types of ironing there are, etc.Let’s get down to studying the most convenient methods for ironing , photos of which you can also find in the article.
Ironing board types
Any ironing rack must have an excellent margin of safety and durability. Most of all, folding options meet these criteria. It consists of a table top that is attached to a metal frame. All this is connected by means of a folding mechanism.
The whole structure is fixed to the wall.
The dimensions of the device vary within a fairly wide range. This is due to the fact that the largest structures can be hidden on the wall. You don’t have to work hard to hide the board, just place it in a wooden frame. By the way, the whole structure is closed by a door or a compartment panel, the design of which you can select individually.
Folding boards integrated in the mirrors
This solution is very practical and, in turn, very unusual.Guests visiting your home will never see the ironing board unless you get it yourself. When it’s time to iron, all you have to do is pull back the mirror, and the ironing rack will lower itself to a horizontal position.
Using this solution, you not only relieve the atmosphere in the room, but also add a mirror that can always decorate the interior. And the choice of materials from which you can make the finish will just turn your head. Thus, you pick up a mirror in the room, and not vice versa.
Sometimes you can find such a design – an ironing board hiding under a mirror with a small cabinet. A reasonable decision, because you can always hide any little thing or underwear.
Sometimes, the search for pull-out ironing boards can be complicated by the partial lack of the required models in the markets. It doesn’t matter, because you can always try to make it yourself or place an order at furniture factories.Usually, such a board is hidden in a closet. Also, a popular design is a drawer in the kitchen, where the device folds in half. The advantage of this solution is that the rack is always limited with the size of the box, which means that it does not take up much space.
Cupboards with ironing boards
The most popular model today is the sliding wardrobe in which the ironing board is hidden. Several advantages are combined here at once – good stability, ease of control and the presence of additional free space.We recommend that if you adhere to this decision, provide a place for this even during the purchase of the accessories, so that later you do not have to spend extra money on revision.
Also, it is quite popular to place the cabinet together with the board on the balcony. But keep in mind that this will require a large and warm balcony. By the way, in addition, you can hide a stepladder or stand, on which it is convenient to dry your laundry.
Many people are interested in the question, who has already started looking for such devices – where to buy a built-in ironing room? T.Since it is almost impossible to find it at points of sale, most likely it will have to be made to order. From here, the cost follows, which is more significant than that of other performances. But, all the advantages that this device possesses quickly cancel out the high price.
These features include – convenience, compactness, economy of useful space, which will come in handy in small rooms. If your family has children, ironing becomes almost a daily activity.Now imagine how much space you free up by removing a large pile of laundry and a bulky ironing board.
How to make a selection
If you want to make the right choice and not miscalculate, consider the following factors in advance:
- In terms of dimensions, the base must be chosen so that an open ironing board could be easily bypassed without blocking the passage.
- When installing the unit in a cabinet, ensure that all necessary drawers are easily accessible.
The best solution is to design the iron so that it is pressed against the side wall.
- If you need light weight, use a mesh board or perforated metal board. A wooden or plywood base will have significant mass.
Advantages and disadvantages
Any hostess dreams of an ironing board that will be hidden from guests. Therefore, built-in models are suitable for exactly such needs – visitors to your home will see a neat mirror or wardrobe, and our shelving unit will be hidden inside.Let’s list the main advantages of such devices:
- The hidden model won’t bother you and your guests.
- The design of the room will not suffer at all if you choose the right wardrobe or mirror.
- Safety and convenience – you can safely walk around the house without fear of tripping over the ironing room, knocking over the iron, etc.
- Ease of use.
- When placing an ironing board on the wall, its size may be limited, except by the dimensions of the apartment itself.
- When properly mounted, it is safe to use.
The only significant drawback that can be noted in the ironing boards is the rather high cost in comparison with conventional models. But, such a remark is quickly justified, with the beginning of operation.
By the way, some users say that stationarity interferes with them – you cannot move the device to another place during ironing. But, as we already understood, such shortcomings will in no way be higher than all those advantages that built-in boards bring to the house.We hope you enjoy the suggested ideas, and you can learn something for yourself. Happy shopping!
ONF will make sure that the idea of Murmansk residents to install a memorial plaque on the facade of the “Doctor’s House” is realized
Activists of the All-Russian Popular Front in the Murmansk region asked the head of the region Andrey Chibis to consider the possibility of installing a memorial plaque with the names of honored doctors on the facade of a residential building on Teatralny Boulevard street , 9, in the regional center. The initiative group addressed the public with such a proposal, the project is ready, its author was the sculptor Alexander Arsentiev.
The first stone residential building in Murmansk, built in 1933 specifically for medical workers, is now a cultural heritage site. After settling in, the building received the name “Doctor’s House”. As the authors of the proposal said, the doctors who lived in it during the Great Patriotic War operated on the wounded soldiers and saved the lives of the townspeople who were bombed. All of them, without exception, made a huge personal contribution to the development of health care in the Arctic, in different years they headed polyclinics and hospitals, were in charge of the city and regional health administration.
For their contribution to the victory, for their work in peacetime, almost everyone was awarded the title “Honored Doctor of the RSFSR”. Among them – the chief physician of the Murmansk region Ivan Sokolov, who was in charge of the therapeutic department of the regional hospital in 1932 and was awarded the medal “For the Defense of the Soviet Arctic”, two Orders of Lenin and the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, urologist Nikolai Lebedev and chief radiologist of the region Iosif Levin.
As reported by member of the regional headquarters of the ONF Olga Belyakova, the initiative has already been supported by the Ministry of Health of the Murmansk region, the regional medical ward and the Bayandin regional clinical hospital.
“The Ministry of Health also sent a corresponding petition to the Murmansk administration. They noted that the idea of perpetuating the memory of doctors who stood at the origins of healthcare in the Arctic deserves attention, and explained the algorithm of actions necessary to implement it. Initially, the initiators should send a duly formalized proposal for the creation of a commemorative object, together with the necessary annexes, to the Committee for Urban Planning and Territorial Development for consideration by the commission.The decision on the creation of the memorial object is made by the Council of Deputies of Murmansk. In turn, we are ready to assist the authors of the idea at any stage of its implementation within the framework of our powers, “Belyakova noted.