This Morning Routine Printable will help your kids establish a successful morning routine before school! Available completed or blank, so you can customize it to fit your needs.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
It’s the last week of school! WHAT? I’ve always heard that as your kids got older, that time moves faster. Well, apparently it’s true. I literally feel like it was Christmas a few weeks ago! I mean it did snow last week, so I guess I’m not THAT crazy! But really, how are we already entering summer? This last week I have been doing some summer prep and put together this fun DIY Kids Paid Chore Chart! Last summer I felt like any outing we went on I forked out ridiculous amounts of money on little things, like smoothies, sno-cones, treats, little toys, churros, etc! And that was around what felt like a bajillion “No’s” and “You don’t need that.” I knew this year that I wanted my kids to be able to earn their own money to spend on that kind of stuff. I cannot be a bank for them anymore!
So, here’s what I put together! I’m pretty excited about it! It isn’t an eye-sore for my house and is just simple and to the point!
Because I have the Cricut files all put together for you, I really think you could put this together with 1 trip to the store and an hour at home!
- Cricut Explore Air 2 + pens + cutting mat
- Magnet Board (of preferred size – I got mine at IKEA for $12.99)
- 12×12 Cardstock (in preferred colors – I used 3 sheets)
- Cup/Holder (for extra chore tags)
- Magnet Tape (optional)
To start, get a magnet board. I bought mine at IKEA for $12.99. But, this magnet board from Amazon is a great option. I’m sure you could find something great at Target or WalMart too!
While you’re shopping for a magnet board, be sure to grab some magnets and cardstock you like too! I wanted a very neutral look, so I am using these clip magnets from Amazon. But, again, you could find something great at any store or Amazon has tons of options! You’ll need some 12×12 cardstock of your color choice. You can write and cut 12 tags per piece of cardstock with your Cricut Explore Air 2. So, get however many pieces of cardstock that you’ll need to write and cut all the cards you want! I used 3 pieces of cardstock, but I for sure plan on adding to my selection throughout the summer!
Lastly, you’ll need some sort of holder for the extra cards you won’t be using. I had some magnetic cups in my storage room, leftover from my Perch Kit. But, my friend made on too and just got a one from Amazon. I just looked and they have TONS of options! I am loving this one! You could also just get an old cup and add a piece of magnetic tape on the back and make it work!
Okay, now let’s get to the fun part! Making the job tags! You guys, I’ve made it super simple for you! Just click the links below to open the files.
You will want to follow these instructions before hitting CUT:
Click one of the links above to open up the print and cut tags:
At this time you’ll go ahead and edit any of the jobs or payout amount!
Once you’re all done then you need to “Select All” the tags (on a Mac hit Command-A). Once all the tags are selected and there is a box around them all, you’ll click the “Attach” button near the top, right hand side. See pic below:
If it’s done correctly, it will show the words “Attached Set” above all the layers! You are now ready to hit the “Go” button and write and cut your tags!
When you get to the next screen the write and cut screen should look just like it does above!
Once you confirm your screen looks like mine above, then hit GO again! It will prompt you to load the color pen you choose, check the dial on your machine to make sure it’s set to Cardstock and load the mat (with the cardstock on it) into your Cricut Explore Air. Then it will prompt you to hit the GO button on your Cricut machine!
Then the machine does ALL the work for you! It’s pretty much a thing of beauty!
If you’ve never used the pen tool, you need to know the opportunities are endless for what you could use it for! Think birthday and party invitations, teacher gifts, home decor and more!
When it’s done, go ahead and peel the mat off the cardstock! This is a trick I do to help prevent the cardstock from curling! The tags will most likely be left on the mat. Then I just use the scraper tool peel them off the board!
Seriously, how fun did these turn out? I still love looking at them!
Next up we need to cut the vinyl for the top of the board!
Here is the file:
Just click the file above and then resize it to fit your magnet board!
After it is resized, you’ll want to take the same steps as you did above with the tags and “Attach” the layers together.
Then go ahead and hit “Go” and follow the prompts! Also, make sure you change the dial on your Cricut Explore Air machine to Vinyl!
After it is cut then you’ll need to weed the design and add transfer tape to the vinyl sticker. You can find some great tips on the Cricut blog for more information on that if you need it!
Then go ahead and apply the vinyl to your magnetic board. I find it best to use a pencil to mark on the magnet board where you want the top of your letters to be. That way it is easy to make sure it’s level!
Then it’s time to assemble everything!
For the jobs that are only $.50 I used some little tin holders I had in my craft room! I just added a piece of magnet tape on the back of them! You could also just use little baggies!
All and all I am beyond obsessed with how this turned out and my kids are so excited to earn some extra money!
If you love this project, I’d love it if you’d pin the image below! Thanks friends!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kids II. All opinions are 100% mine.
Hey friends! Today I’m sharing a car themed reward chart that I originally designed for a friend and then I used it with my middle child (who is now 6) as well! I decided to print a new copy a few weeks ago, because I needed to help my daughter find a little motivation and I thought this would do the trick!
During the week it’s just me and Dylan at home and for the most part she’s an angel (read: no brothers are home to fight with). The only problem is she thinks she and I need to do EVERYTHING together! Including picking up after her, going potty, etc. I really needed her to start finding some motivation to do some things on her own.
I’ll eventually design a more girl themed printable, but she loves cars and Go Grippers, so I figured this works for now. And I’ve never shared it here on OTBM! You’ll find the download link at the bottom of the post! Here’s how I utilize the reward chart:
One thing you will want to make sure you preface to your kids is that you decide when the reward is earned/given. They are not allowed to mark the chart or add a sticker without you saying that it’s okay. In the beginning, as they are getting used to the system, I may allow them to complete it a little faster. Especially the very first time. This way they learn the whole reward chart concept. But, now that I’m a few weeks in I’d say that Dylan will take about 2 weeks to complete her chart each time.
Also, sometimes they will ask if they mark their reward chart for something they’ve done. Sometimes I will say yes, but not if they’re asking too often. I will just remind them that I get to choose when a behavior earns a mark.
Together choose the end reward.
This could be a dollar amount, a prize or reward. Because of Dylan’s age (3), she chooses between a prize or reward. But, with my son we eventually transitioned to prizes or dollar amounts, so he could save up for something that cost a little more.
My friend recently allowed her son to earn the Oball Go Grippers™ Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway™ by completing two charts! To make this work, instead of having 1 chart hanging up, she taped two next to each other! It worked great!
This toy is so fun! I wish it was around when my kids were little! To be honest, when my kids are over at his house they have no problem playing with it!
His favorite feature is the claw that will reach down, grab the toy and then drop it on the bounce pad! Plus, the speedway has two ramps and multiple paths, so the kids love just having cars zoom down the raceway!
The entire collection is genius if you ask me! You know those balls that have the holes in them, so that babies and toddlers can grab them easily? Well, they designed this entire toy line after them! You really can’t find anything like it out there!
It helps those little developing minds using their imagination and play for hours!
You can buy the entire collection at Toys R Us. They have lots of different options: Oball Go Grippers™ Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway™, Oball Go Grippers™ Vehicle Assortment, Oball Go Grippers loader ™, Oball Go Grippers dump truck™, Oball Go Grippers car carrier ™, Oball Go Grippers Race Cars™. You can shop this collection easily on Kids II too!
Reward behavior or actions that are above expected behavior.
My kids don’t get a sticker for doing things that I expect or their regular chores! Obviously, this is different for each of my kids, depending on their age.
For my daughter, cleaning her room up when asked would be a great accomplishment. Before using the chart, she would whine some and then come and beg me to help her. So, if I ask her and she does it without complaining and on her own, then I’m super stoked and I would allow her to mark a spot on her reward chart!
However, for my older son, that wouldn’t be the case. He would get rewarded for picking up his room without being asked. But, not if I have to ask him to do it.
Praise their good behaviors and accomplishments.
Kids love and NEED to hear acknowledgement of their good choices! So make sure to praise when they do good!
Also, make sure when they complete their first reward chart that you explain to them that that their reward is because of all their good choices and behavior!
“We get to have a fun date night, because of all the good choices you made to fill up your reward chart!”
Also, I never take away a mark or sticker for a bad behavior! I want to keep the chart a POSITIVE thing and if they are always feeling threatened that they could lose a mark, then they may lose the motivation to keep trying for them. Plus, they earned that mark. It’s theirs to keep!
This needs to be something that your kids can expect and rely upon you to remember! Otherwise, they won’t stay motivated!!
Now for the download!
Don’t forget to check out the Oball Go Grippers Toy Collection! Every home with little kids needs it! There isn’t another toy line out there and your kids will love this for a long time!
We are 1 week into the summer and I decided I had to set some boundaries with my boys. Each morning they start to nag me about watching a show or having a friend over. I want them to feel they have some control over their days but I also want them to get some things done before they can start the asking! This is another way I want to minimize the summer slide that kids tend to have when they lose some of their academic skills over the summer. I decided to pick the top 5 things that I wanted them to get done each day. 3 are chores and 2 are school related. I make the charts easy for me and also for the boys to check them off as they go.
First cut the file folder as deep as you want your chart to be.
Then measure how long your file folder is and divide that into as many as sections that you want your chart to have. Mark it with a pencil.
I did this next step backwards so learn from mistakes. The pictures will be a little backwards but this is how I would have done it now. I wanted to reinforce the seam of the folder so I placed a strip of packing tape on each side of the seam. This also makes it so they stay open when not attached.
Just cut the excess of. Next you need to cut the sections of the chart. Line up where you have marked with your paper cutter and cut one side to the seam.
Next I embellished it with the chores I had created and also with some other scrapbook paper. I also added the Velcro dots to the top and bottom of the chart so it can be closed when they have finished that job.
On the front I had some fun Lego paper that I put on the front strips.
The boys love them and each night when they go to bed they put all their tabs back down. I love that they don’t even bother to ask to play with friends or turn on the TV on before the house is pretty picked up and they have done a little to keep their minds sharp and fresh for when school starts again!
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