I’m not going to pretend that I am not THRILLED that my kids are old enough to do REAL chores! We are now in a place with my oldest where he is doing a great job with his chores. He doesn’t need to be trained or directed much with the few he has been doing for a while.
However, the main thing we run into is DISTRACTION. He is easily de-railed and needs me to tell him what to do next. We need help with our chore system!
So, I’ve been on the search for some “chore packs“. There are many great chore pack ideas out there to get kids involved in the chores around the house. I have heard great things about the Mangers of Their Chores method, by the Maxwells of Titus2.com, and I liked the idea of giving the kids their chore list as something they wear which tells them what to do next. But I’m not sold that the name badges used will last long, or will stay on my rowdy little ones as they do their chores.
I loved this idea by Courtney over Women Living Well to use name badge lanyards, which seem like they would last much longer and would be more difficult to lose.
We headed to Target to see what we could come up with for our chore packs. We quickly had to change our plan, as Target did not have any sort of name badges. So, I started scouring the aisles for inspiration…and I think we’ve come up with something that will out-last any chore pack out there!
How to Make Your Own Chore Pack
This is what we purchased:
- A pack of binder rings
- Scotch Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches “for wallet size items”
- Letter Stickers
- Decorative stickers
- Pair of shoelaces (on clearance!)
This is what I used, which I already had at home:
- Card stock
- Paper cutter
- Hole punch
I cut out little cards to fit perfectly in the laminating pouch. (3 1/2in x 2 5/8in) A scrapbooking paper-cutter makes the cutting easy, but if you are looking for super-simple, just take some non-ruled 3×5 cards and cut them in half. They will shorter in width, but will still fit in the laminating pouches, and you can trim them down after you’ve sealed them.
Each of the kids made their own cards, using the letter stickers to spell out the chore and the decorative stickers to add to the cute factor. I think the words are adorable, all crooked and mis-matched.
…and the shoelace on the ring.
Aren’t they cute?!
I’ve created a free printable DIY chore pack instructions, just for you!
Feel free to use it and share it on Pinterest, Facebook, etc. If you end up making your own, I’d love to see what you come up with! Enjoy!