Chore Charts for Non-readers

Updated on July 10, 2009
L.S. asks from Carrollton, TX
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I have a fun 3 year old that loves to use a list to follow and accomplish (must get that from dad!). Unfortunately, I am terrible at drawing even stick people! I have checked several websites for printable chore charts and must not be finding the right one yet.

Please recommend a great place to pick simple 'chores' for a non-reader. I can piece it together with clip art, but I'd rather have something already put together and fun. I need simple stuff such as go potty, wash hands and face, brush teeth, get dressed. (Can you tell we struggle to stay on task in the mornings?!).


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Thanks for all the fabulous ideas!! I am going to do the picture idea - my girl loves to be 'in the spotlight' and is excited about making her chore chart with her own pictures!! Keep mamasourcing - ya'll are a fun part of my day! Blessngs, L.

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answers from Dallas on

I bought a wooden "Responsibility Chart" made by Circo from Target just a couple weeks ago. It has magnetic chores called "Goals" and a column for each day of the week, then it says "Result" at the end. It has at least 18 chores/ responsibilities, as well as a few blank ones to make your own. It is designed to hand on the wall--a little heavy for the fridge. It was $9.99 and I found it on an aisle between the little kid toys and the summer toys with other items similar to it. Good luck.

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answers from Abilene on

In the past I have just gotten poster board and made my own list with clip art from the internet.

I never have done a chore list but I do a schedule for my son each summer (I'm a WAHM and we need structure). Last year, before he was reading, I googled what I was looking for (TV, computer, food, snack, bed, etc.), printed it out, and glued it to the poster board with the words next to it. I think you would be able to do the same with a chore chart, and this way you can totally personalize it for your needs.



answers from Dallas on

What about using poster board, foam board, bulletin board, wipe-off board or felt board and make your own. Instead of using clip art or drawing stick people, use pictures of your daughter actually doing those things. Kids love to have their picture taken and looking at themselves in the photo - you can print them on your home computer or get them printed at a photo kiosk. Plus, she'll be looking at her own environment instead of some unfamiliar cartoon-world.



answers from Dallas on

we use one made by Melissa and Doug. It is wooden and hangs on the wall or fridge, and the smiley faces (check-off's) and target behaviors are colorful and magnetic. It comes with around 15-20 different responsibilities you can pick to use and already has the grid for the days of the week. My son is 5 and we have been using it for about a year. It also has the words next to the pictures, which is great for reading skills. If you google it, you should find it. I bought it in another city, but I think it was carried at that city's TRU.



answers from Dallas on

I got a kit with pictures AND words for common chores and extra cards to make your own. I think it came from Learning Express...



answers from Dallas on

There is a teacher-aid resource store in lewisville -- I think its called teacher's tools or something close to that -- they have those -- you can buy them as you have described or you can buy the oversized charts, have them laminated with your own list of chores that you make up!


answers from Dallas on

I like the "HandiPoints" site Bethany recommended. I just tried it and it was easy to sign up and create a chart. They also gave the ability to customize the chores (in addition to choosing from a list). The only thing I didn't like for your purpose, was that the image of the chore was rather small, and the stars/symbols next to that made it rather confusing when it was printed.

I have a chore chart that I use for my family in Excel or Numbers. It's nothing fancy... a simple chart, with clip art from Google Images. But it's worked for our kids for a few years. We attach it to the side of the fridge, so they can easily see what needs to be done. I have one chart for the school year (when their chores are separated into "Before School" and "After School", and another for the summertime. Send me an email at and I'll email you a copy if you'd like.

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