Since this school year is about to begin, I decided to make a magnetic chore chart for my girls so they get into a routine again before school starts. Who knew that kids could be so excited about a chore chart. They helped me to make it and hang it up. And every morning they run over to the chore chart to see what new chore they’ve been assigned in addition to their daily chores. I’m sure the newness will wear off soon, but as of now they are enjoying it. This magnetic chore chart is simple to make and doesn’t cost too much. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
DIY MAGNETIC CHORE CHART
- Baking sheets from the dollar store
- Spray paint (use spare paint you have on hand)
- Chore Cards, Child’s Name, To Do and Done Cards printed on cardstock and laminated
- Magnetic Adhesive Roll Strip
- Ribbon from the dollar store
- Picture Hooks or 3M Command Hooks
Start off by punching or drilling two holes at the top of the metal baking sheet. You can use a nail and hammer to make the holes. I had my husband drill a hole, and he said he used a 1/4 inch drill bit. I highly recommend doing this part first before you spray paint. I was so excited to get the project going, that I painted first, then drilled the hole. I ended up having to spray paint the area around the holes and it bubbled a little. Once the holes are drilled then spray paint the baking sheets.
Next, print off the chores on white cardstock that you want your children to do. Below is the link to the ones I printed, as well as some other printable chore cards.
Confessions of a Homeschool Chore Chart for Older Kids and Young Kids Printable (This is the one I used for my chore chart)
Audrey Schilaty School and Chore Chart Printable
Lady Lullaby’s Chore Chart Printable
From Weeds to Wishes Chore Chart Printable
I also printed my children’s names and the words “To Do” and “Done” on patterned paper. Then I laminated these items so that they will last longer. Cut small pieces of magnetic adhesive strip and adhere it to the back of each chore card, your children’s names, and the “To Do” and “Done” papers and place them on the baking sheet. Put the ribbon through the holes at the top of the baking sheet, tie a bow, then hang your chore chart on the wall.
We hung our chore charts near the laundry room where the kids could easily access it, yet not too visible for visitors to see. And that’s it! It’s so simple to make and it doesn’t cost too much, especially if you already have some of the items listed above.