Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Fun Chore Chart!

For Every Job that Must be Done, there is an Element of Fun!
~Mary Poppins

Summer is here, and I don't know about you, but without a little organization, we seem to get nothing done! I have so many fun activities I want to do with my kids, but I want to keep things organized, and help teach them responsibility!  My grand scheme is to get my kids to earn our summer fun projects! I have made SOOOO many charts in my day as a Special Education teacher, and wanted to make a fun chart for my kids! When making a chart, make it versatile, visual, age appropriate, and easy to implement. I hope I have done this with this chart!

PhotobucketMy good friend Holly owns a vinyl business with her sister called Vinylize It. She approached me a few weeks ago asking me if I wanted to do a vinyl project, and she would provide the vinyl.... Seriously?....... I was practically doing cartwheels at the thought! I knew just what I wanted to do, a summer fun chart for my kids! She was so great to work with, and she made it custom to fit my needs. I even found a font I loved at, and she was able to use it. (I was trying to duplicate the Mary Poppins font).

This is such a fun chart! Since my kids are little and are not literate yet, I took pictures of the chores they are expected to do. I use clothes pin to hang their job picture up, when they are done with that job they simply take it down. When all of the jobs are completed, they can open the box underneath each day of the week magnet to find out what their fun summer activity prize will be that day! I love how versitile it is!

Items Needed:

Board, or Frame
Vinyl Lettering..(If you love this quote as much as I do you can get it at Vinylize It for $5!)
Staple Gun

Aluminum circular disks (I used the ends of Pillsbury cresent roll tubes)
Match Box
Scrapbook Paper
Hot Glue Gun

Clothes Pins

Step One: Board

Find a board, or frame the size that you would like. I painted a board yellow, with white Chevron stripes. Paint the board/frame a solid color.

To make the chevron stripes, I made a grid on my board 2"x3" to help guide me. I placed masking tape in a Chevron pattern.

I painted what was not covered with masking tape white. Let the paint dry, and carefully take off the masking tape. I distressed the board a little.

Apply the vinyl to your board. Sorry, I got a little excited, and forgot to take the picture before I put the aluminum disks on!

With a staple gun, attach ribbons to the back of your board. (Like my new staple gun, I got sick of trying to find hubby's at the farm!)

Step 2: Magnets

I wanted to make this chart a reward system as well, so I made a magnet for each day of the week. Each magnet has a matchbox attached, that I can put the reward/activity they can earn each day after the complete their jobs! Make circular Days of the Week tag. Make circles out of cardboard and scrapbook paper.

Modge Podge the scrapbook paper, and cardboard together.

Attach your vinyl for the days of the week. I love how you can see where you are putting the vinyl because the covering is clear. I modge podged the outside to make the scrapbook paper to make it glossy!

Glue your aluminum circles to your board. Are you wondering where I found my aluminum circles?

Yup, Trusty Pillsbury cresent rolls! Can you guess what we are having for dinner? (If you guessed pigs in a blanket your might be right!)

Glue the matchbox to the back of the circles you just created, glue a strong magnet to the matchbox.

Now you have a multipurpose Magnet.

Step 3: Jobs

Take pictures of jobs your kids do around the house. I added text to my pictues. Some of my jobs include making bed, dusting, completing homework, setting table, dinner helper, etc.

I Modged Podged, scrapbook paper to clothespins. Each of my kids have a different color clothespins. The striped paper means it is a job for everyone to do.

Using the clothespins, pin the kids job to the ribbons for that day!

After completing a job they can take if off the chart, and into our basket. This is very visual they can see how many jobs are left.

After they are all done with their jobs, they can see what their surprise/activity will be! I like that I can change what the activity/surprise is everyday to fit the needs of our schedule. I want to do a lot of fun things this summer, and this is a great way for us to get it all accomplished. If we are really busy that day, I can change the amount of jobs to be done. Here is a list I am making of their summer rewards, most are absolutely free. If you have more ideas please leave me a comment!

My kids absolutely love it! They are so excited to finish their jobs at every morning, so we can find out what the surprise is!

Would you like to make one of these of your own? Well Vinylize It, is giving Ladybird Ln readers a great deal. You can get this quote vinylized, for $5, you can even change the size, color, font, etc... If you want to change the color, font, etc. just leave Holly instructions in the special instructions box, or contact Holly. Yup only $5 bucks. Go check it out here! Plus, I just found out this week only, Shipping is only $2.  (It is normally only $5) Thanks Holly!

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  1. What a great idea....and a great tutorial! Thanks so much for posting. I really like that quote too.

    Thanks also for hosting another party. :)


  2. What a great idea! I love the surprise reward that comes with helping out around the house! Thanks for sharing!

  3. this is a fantastic idea and looks brilliant too.

  4. That has to be the most colourful and fun chore chart I've ever seen! Great work!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  5. This is totally awesome!
    I'm going to mention it on my blog tomorrow, if you don't mind! :-)

  6. What a super cute idea! I bet your kids love it too. Thanks for sharing over at Weekend Warrior. :)


  7. That's so cool! Great job. My kids definitely need the visual help with their chores.

  8. I LOVE that you quoted Mary Poppins. best. movie. ever. I used that quote on my Spring Mantel!

  9. Okay, you had me at "In every job that must be done..."! I love Mary Poppins! I know, my husband thinks it's a sickness! Lol! But, I do! Thank you so much for linking up!!

  10. That is very cute! Love it! Thanks for linking it up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

  11. I absolutely love every aspect of this project. Amazing! Thank you for sharing!!

  12. This is an adorable idea! I am a special education teacher too so high five to you!! Stopping by from the weekend wrap up!!

  13. Fabulous idea!!! Love how it came out! I would love if you could link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday!! Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend!

  14. Oh my, I am dying over the cuteness! :-) It turned out great and love the Mary Poppins quote too! Thanks for linking up!

  15. CUTE idea and great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing!

    My link ;)

  16. What a great idea. I will have to try this when we get to Norway this summer.

  17. Love your blog!! I am definitely going to be your new follower :) I would love it if you followed me to @ that would be great :) I am just starting out, but I am excited to share new recipes, crafts, and makeup.. And Giving away giveaways on mineral make-up!

  18. Such a fun idea!!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays this last week!!! :)

  19. The matchboxes, the biscuit lids, the photos....Brilliant!

  20. OMCuteness! I need one of these for myself! Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.

  22. What a great idea! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

  23. This is such a great project! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing. I featured this on my blog:

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button if you like.


  24. I love this idea and can't wait to put this into action! Thanks so much for the tutorial! The little match boxes are so clever and add that extra bit of surprise and motivation, which my children of 8 and 5 years seem to need. Thanks!


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