Why We Love Having a Toddler Chore Chart
These printable chore charts for kids are something that I used with all 3 of my children when they were younger! I decided it was due for a facelift because it was quite outdated and needed new pictures and fun video! I still really love these designs and this beginner chore system and have recommended it to literally 50 of my friends!
The design for these chore charts is very simple – only one day showing at a time, with 4 “chores” per day! They are designed this way because their main purpose is to teach young kids to reference this chart and complete these tasks that are there to help them learn to be responsible and also teach them independence! As you can see, most of the tasks are really just everyday practical skills that kids need to learn! Each day is on a separate page with a separate checklist.
The goal is to have kids learn to do all the tasks on the chore charts from start to finish without any help or prompts for mom or dad each day!
Items Needed to Make these Kids Printable Chore Charts
- Printable Kids Chore Charts (download below)
- Home Printer
- Paper Trimmer or Scissors
- Laminating Pouches
- Magnet Tape
How to Make Chore Charts for 4 Year Olds Using these Printable Chore Charts
- Download the printable chore charts below.
- Print on your Home Printer on Cardstock. Cut them out using scissors or a paper trimmer.
- Edit: If you are choosing to utilize the blank chore charts, take them into a photo editing program and add your chores and graphics. You can find free images online, purchase clipart on Etsy, or even use stickers! I’ve also even seen people handwrite the chores and draw the images!!
- Laminate: Once the chore charts are ready to go, I highly suggest laminating them! This way a dry erase marker can be used to mark off the chores and then they can be reused each week! Put each page in its own laminating pouch and run them through the laminator! Home laminators are so affordable now!
- Trim: After they’re laminated, use your Paper Trimmer or some scissors to trim around your chore charts! I suggest leaving ½″ border around each box.
- Add magnet tape to the top and bottoms of the back of the chore charts and you’re good to go!
Job Ideas for Your Kids Chore Chart Printable
Below is a rundown of the tasks I put on the Preschool Job Charts 9 years ago when I created them for my oldest (Nathan) and why I incorporated them
- Brush Teeth: We help Nathan brush his teeth still morning and night. But, he always wants to do it himself. So, I have a one-minute timer in his bathroom and he sets it and then brushes his teeth himself for the entire minute. I remind him to brush all over and good throughout the minute. Then we step in and brush an additional minute or so! Because he’s so into, we also let him brush his teeth 100% independently after lunch and that’s usually when he marks off his chore! We have seen huge improvement already and in no time, he’ll no longer need our help!
- Read 15 minutes: For our home, this means alone! Being that he isn’t reading yet, it is mainly books that we have read and he knows the stories already or books that are mainly pictures. He loves his dinosaur book right now and he goes through and tries to name all the dinosaurs, etc. When our middle child began using these chore carts, I had his older brother read to him during this time and eventually transition him into using this reading independently.
- Fold Towels: When it comes to laundry, this is the area young kids can help. Nathan is a pro washcloth/dishcloth folder, but he still struggles a bit with hand towels and bath towels. So, we are working on that currently!
- Silverware: Unload the silverware. We generally run the dishwasher at night, so this job is one I have him do in the morning, before or after breakfast. It is a simple enough task for him now, but one that he can complete start to finish without help from me. I will probably keep this on his chore chart for another 3 months and then introduce something new that he will have to learn.
- Make Bed: This is an area that I have very little expectations. I just want him to start working on pulling up his sheets and bedspread and then arranging the pillows and his few stuffed animals — just the best he can! From what I hear from my older sisters, this will be an area we will ALWAYS be working on! ha!
- Mom’s Choice: This is just that… MY CHOICE! Clean up the backyard, entertain your little brother for a ½ hour, clean up 15 toys…. really whatever I want!!
I personally laminate all mine and then put magnet strips on the back. I put all of them on the side of the fridge and put the appropriate day’s Chore Chart on the front of the fridge. Then my kids used dry erase markers or dry erase crayons to mark off the job once it is completed! That way he is only looking at the tasks that I expect him to complete that day and no others!
Download Your Printable Chore Chart for Kids HERE!
The chore charts are available formatted completed or blank. The download (available below) will come in a ZIP format that can then be unzipped into 4 pages of pdf’s. Reference the directions below on how to customize the blank charts.
Click the buttons below to download the completed or blank PDF’s of the chore charts. They’ll download as a ZIP file.
As a reminder, these chore charts are for personal use only. Do not redistribute or sell for any reason. If you want to share them, please share the link to this post.
Printable Chore Charts for 4 Year Olds & Up
- Home Printer
- Paper Trimmer or Scissors
- Laminator and Laminating Pouches
- Download and print the chore charts on your home printer using cardstock for durability. Cut them out using scissors or a paper trimmer.
- If you are choosing to utilize the blank chore charts, take them into a photo editing program and add your chores and graphics. You can find free images online, purchase clipart on Etsy, or even use stickers! I've also even seen people handwrite the chores and draw images!!
- Once the chore charts are ready to go, I highly suggest laminating them! This way a dry erase marker can be used to mark off the chores and then they can be reused each week! Put each page in its own laminating pouch and run them through the laminator!
- Add a strip of magnet tape to the top and bottoms of the back of each chore chart and then you're good to go!
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* This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated with more detailed step-by-step instructions and new pictures.