Child looking at the refrigerator covered with magnetic letters, numbers and art work from school.

DIY Family Chore Chart

Take some of the housework off your plate with a family chore chart that gets the kids involved. This fun DIY project is easy to do. First, work together to make a list of jobs little ones can do, and decide what rewards they can earn for accomplishing their assigned tasks. Then create a special magnet board to chart their progress:

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Person holding a baking sheet with unbaked cookies using yellow oven mitts about to put them in the oven.

1. Gather your materials.

Get the following items together before you begin:

  • Metal baking sheet
  • Spray paint
  • Colourful tape and decorative stickers
  • Magnetic tape (with an adhesive side)
  • Printed icons for each chore (search online for “free cleaning graphics”)
  • Printed “To Do” and “Done” labels
Person washing a used baking sheet in the sink with a heavy duty scrub sponge.

2. Make your chart.

Recycle an old cookie sheet for this project, scrubbed clean with a Scotch-Brite™ Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge. Spray paint the baking sheet in a well-ventilated area (preferably outdoors). Once the paint is dry, divide it in half with a strip of colourful tape – use the tape to decorate tray handles and edges, too. You can also add decorative stickers if you want.

Smiling young girl washing a pane of glass with soap, water and a scrub sponge.

3. Make your magnets.

Print off “To Do” and “Done” labels on printer paper – one for each side of the chart. Download and print icon graphics that represent each kid-friendly chore: vacuuming, feeding pets, making beds, washing dishes, tidying bedrooms, watering plants, taking out the garbage, or other tasks. Cut out the labels and icons and place them on the tacky side of the magnetic tape. Then cut out each magnet along the borders of the labels and icons, and put them on the chart.

Child looking at the refrigerator covered with magnetic letters, numbers and art work from school.

4. Put your chart to use.

Hang your magnetic chore chart where it’s easy for the kids to reach. If you’re hanging it on a wall or door, use Command® Medium Picture Hanging Strips and follow the package instructions to mount it securely.