TWO-SIDED CHORE & BEHAVIOR CHART
Sometimes they need a visual motivator, huh? This is the chore and behavior chart I made to hang on the wall as a friendly reminder of what is expected of them. The color-coded faces let them know how they’re doing (we have the red frowny ones, too 🙂 ). Each morning they see just one at the bottom of their column, summing up the day before. At this age, we’re using stickers to put in their sticker books as “reward”.
This was really easy to make. Notice that perfection is not necessary. At least with my kids, something that looks too store-bought would go unnoticed for this type of thing. There were parts they could help me with, which helps make it a big deal to them.
Decorative fabric of your choice
Begin by wrapping your canvas panel with your decorative fabric. The chart will actually be on the back side. The front is for when you want it to “go away”. You can wrap it like a present, using your glue gun around the back edges. Layer pieces of different colored sheets of felt to code the columns for each child. Glue down. For the chart itself, you can customize it however it will work best for you. I put the names of the three oldest at top, with the chores and expectations in the left column. I used an office program, and used the color coding idea here also. If you’d like it simplified even more, you could just type out each thing in a list and cut out individually to mount. Once my chart was printed, I cut out the area that would cover my felt and discarded. I glued the remainder of the sheet in place, trimming where needed. Extra felt can be used to lay over or under as trim to keep it fairly tidied up. I also used some ribbon for this.
For the stickers, we cut out circles (or something close, depending on who was holding the scissors), and then stuck the stickers to these. We put the 3 colors in 3 separate baggies. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the felt backing of the stickers really do stick to the felt on the chart!
Next I addressed the other side. You know, the “company” side. This hangs above our kitchen table, so I thought our prayer I made up years ago for them would work well here.
I printed it out on some fancy paper and trimmed it out in ribbon and “jewels”.
Final step was to have Jackpot drill a pilot hole and put in the eyelet screw along top edge. I’m capable, but clumsy, and didn’t want to screw up my work! I tied a loop of ribbon through this. I can now easily turn it back and forth as it hangs on the wall above our daily schedule and learning chart. More about that next time!