It’s summertime, and I can’t get my kids to do their chores. Help! Then I thought about it and realized if I make it fun, I might stand a chance of having them do their part. We love Harry Potter at our house, so I thought he might just be the ticket! I opened my computer and started designing this fun chore chart. After completing it, I showed it to my youngest son, and he was immediately enthusiastic!
My teen is much harder to entice. So I offered to buy both boys butterbeers at a local soda place if they’ll complete their tasks each week. SOLD! He was in as well.
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Customizable Chore Chart
As you can see, this chore chart is completely customizable. I find it best to let the kids come up with their own chores. I definitely make suggestions. Sometimes I list one, then they list one, and so forth. However you do it, get them involved so they OWN their goals. Plus, it will feel more like a partnership.
I like that there’s a section for household chores. I tell the kids we’re a family team, and everyone has to help maintain our general household. So we always list common-area tasks. It’s a great way to teach and enforce life skills too.
I also believe kids should clean their own rooms. Even if you can afford household cleaning services, you might consider making those sans the kids’ rooms. It’s so important that kids learn to maintain their own space. It might be easier for you to hire it down, but it won’t teach them how to be self-reliant. Down the road, it’s likely to cause problems for them when they have college roommates and their own family. Start now to teach this valuable skill. Using this chart is a great way to keep them accountable.
The third box we use for daily goals we want to accomplish: prayer, scripture study, exercise, reading time, etc. Sometimes we do those for a set amount of time, but often I just trust them to take what time they need. I do think it is helpful to set an amount of time for exercise. We start at 30 minutes.
Harry Potter Chore Chart Rewards
Don’t have a place nearby that sells butterbeer? No problem. We’ve purchased a couple of Harry Potter souvenirs online that we highly recommend.
Socks. These socks are good quality. My son wears them often. They’re his favorite. We have no hesitation recommending them.
Tshirts. This black, distressed youth shirt is very cute. The fabric is soft and comfortable, and we’re happy with the quality. We also recommend this red one. It came with some fun Harry Potter stickers. Bonus!
Harry Potter Helps
What kid isn’t motivated by Harry Potter? I first read the series years ago before having children. I’m amazed at how long its reading magic has lasted. My boys are 10 years apart, and I’ve read some or all of the books with both of them.
You can, of course, continue the magic of Harry Potter beyond using this chore chart. I’ve found that using anything “Hogwarts” can produce great results. Let me explain:
- Give healthy dishes or sides a Hogwarts name. Got a picky eater? Serve them some Harry Potter Peas. Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans can most certainly include green beans. Bellatrix broccoli might certainly be appealing. Anyway, you get the idea.
- Listen to Harry Potter on audio during your next road trip. Those long miles will go so fast if you’re all listening to the series. The charming accents are well done. There are sound effects. Your kids might just remember listening to HP in the car more than they will remember the actual vacation. Click here to get the audio version or to sign up for audible.
- Read the books, watch the films. Harry Potter is one of the best reading opportunities to combine visual with auditory learning skills. For children who struggle to read, the various formats of Harry Potter books and movies are a rich resource for different learning aptitudes. Also, it’s one case where the movies actually follow the storyline well. So encouraging the books with the movies is doubly smart. Even the most reluctant reader can easily get hooked. Need the books? Click here for the set. Need the movies? This link takes you right to them.
Free Printable Chore Chart
I’m so happy to share this free, printable chore chart with you. Hopefully, I’ve shared a lot of good ideas here to help you brainstorm what will work best for your children.
This printable is designed for 8.5 x 11. I print on cardstock. Because my home printer isn’t the best, I send out for prints. But it should work great for you if your color cartridge is full of ink.
Please note, this is a free printable for your personal use only. Using it in any commercial manner is absolutely prohibited. Also, if sharing it online, it must be shared in this article post. Otherwise, do not attempt to use or share images that are property of Mrs. Lady Wordsmith without written permission.
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