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10 Chore Charts You Can Make With The Trip Clip

The Trip Clip has lots of different ways to make chore charts that can grow and change with your kids. Here are 10 different types of chore charts that you can make with The Trip Clip.

Daily Chore Chart For an Individual Kid

The most straightforward chore chart is a simple list with checkboxes. This can be printed daily, laminated to use with a dry erase marker, or used as an interactive list on a phone or iPad. The Trip Clip lets you pick the chores you want to add to the list – you can add your own pictures and text, too.

Daily lists work especially well for younger kids, and may even include personal care tasks that aren’t exactly chores, but things each child will need to eventually learn to do independently – like brush their teeth every day!

Combine a picture checklist from The Trip Clip with a plastic sleeve and a dry erase marker, and you can quickly set up a morning routine, bedtime routine, after school chart, chore chart, or any list you need.

Daily Chores With Moving Pieces

The Trip Clip also lets you turn a daily chore list into a reusable hook & loop or a magnetic chore chart with movable parts. If you purchase the supplies, you can create your own individual magnets and hook & loop clips by choosing from a big selection of pictures and writing your own text. These are great for kids who need to visually see their completed tasks move from one side to the other.

A magnetic picture checklist for kids is great for a morning routine, a bedtime routine, or chores!

For my kids the magnet chart on the fridge was the most successful, but we also had some luck with just printing a paper copy and taping it to the wall – they just looked at the list without bothering to mark things off (making it reusable), so it served as more of a reminder than as a way to track progress.

Weekly Chore Chart For an Individual Kid

You can also make a weekly chore chart that allows for different chores on different days of the week. Just like with the daily lists, the weekly list can also be laminated or used on a mobile phone.

I found this to be the most useful as my kids got older (late grade school and into middle school) and their after school schedule was busier. This let them visually see which days they had soccer or a lesson so they could plan homework time on the days that weren’t as full of other commitments. They also had more weekend chores at that age and this format let them track that too.

We also started to prefer to use the list on the as they got older. They always had their phones with them so they could check it from anywhere. It also worked great when changes came up mid-day while they were at school, or while I was at work. I could update their list from my computer and the changes would automatically show up on their phone so their list could always be up to date.

Chores For the Whole Family: Same Chores All Week

As your kids get older, you may want a chore chart that includes the whole family to help your kids understand that everyone in the house shares the work of keeping the household running. It can also be helpful to have the kids try different chores, and mine always liked having their responsibilities rotate a bit so if there was a chore they hated they weren’t stuck with it forever.

This first chart is one I created for my family when they were in middle and high school. It uses the daily list format shown with checkboxes on the left. I printed it in full page mode, on regular paper, and hung it on the fridge with magnets. Then I used the Print Your Own Magnets feature to make small magnets with each family member’s names on it. Each week (usually Sunday nights) we all took turns putting our name on the daily chores we wanted to be responsible for that week.

This summer, instead of assigning chores, we decided to give the kids some choice in the hopes that getting to pick their poison will make it go down a bit better. For this list, we included daily household chores only. Each family member then has 2 magnets with their name on it they can use to "claim" 2 chores every day. If we all do 2, we will complete the list every day. Hopefully this will help us all share the work while learning/trying some new jobs!

Chores For the Whole Family: Different Chores On Different Days

After trying the chart above, we realized we wanted a little more variety over the course of the week. The chart below worked well for chores that need to be done every day of the week, but no one was stuck with the same chore every day of the week. We found this especially helpful for bigger chores like cooking dinner or walking the dog that were hard to do 7 days in a row.

I used the weekly-vertical format in full page mode to make this chart. This format puts the chores down the left side of the page, and the days of the week across the top. Again I used the “Print Your Own Magnets” feature to make magnets for each family member, and at the beginning of the week we took turns claiming the chores for that week. I just had one chore per person on this chart, but it’s easy to make it more chores than that by simply adding more chores to the left of the page. This format fits The Trip Clip’s small magnets well, so each of us picked a picture we liked as our ‘avatar’ just for fun, and we used those magnets to claim our chores.

Chores For the Whole Family: Less Frequent Chores

The next chore chart was how we handled tasks that needed to be done weekly instead of daily. We found it worked well to separate out these chores into a different chart from the list of daily chores. I made this using the weekly-horizontal layout and printed it in full page mode. I added each family member’s name to the left side of the page, and we took turns picking from the set of chores at the bottom. You can use the pre-printed chores pack for this, or print your own.

Chores BINGO

This isn’t a chart, but it’s a great way to get your kids to do some chores and keep it fun. Unlike daily assigned chores, chores bingo board mixes it up a little, so kids try (and learn) different jobs. It works surprisingly well for spreading the work load and keeping it interesting.

There are many different ways that you can use the Chores Bingo board. An important way to start, though, is by making sure that you keep the chores age appropriate – this list from The Trip Clip is a great place to look for ideas:

Use these age appropriate chore lists to create a chore chart for your kids. I like to pick 1 or 2 new chores each year to add my kids’ responsibilities. There are lots of good ideas here!

Once you’ve made your Bingo board, there are a number of ways you can use it to keep your kids engaged and get those chores done!

  • 5 in a line – ask them to pick 5 chores in a row or column to do over the course of a week.  If they’re like my kids, they will do everything they can to optimize this and avoid doing the chores they hate, but you’ll still get some work out of them.  The next week you can create a different BINGO board.
  • Roll for it – have your kids roll two dice every day to determine which of the 25 chores they will do that day.  The first dice tells you the row #, the second one tells you the column #. If either of the dice is a 6, treat it as a wild card – the child can choose!  And two 3’s means they’re off the hook :).
  • Family BINGO – challenge the whole family (parents included) to complete the board in a week. Every morning you take turns picking your chore for the day, and cross it off once it’s been chosen. By the end of the week, even the chores no one wants to do will get done.  The kids especially like this one because they like it when the grownups have to do chores too.
  • Pay for chores – it never hurts to bribe your kids a little, right?  Offer them some money (a quarter? a dollar?) for each chore on the board they complete, and a bonus for finishing the whole board. Money is surprisingly motivating!

More Ideas From Customers

If you still need some more ideas about what kind of Chore Chart to make, here are some of the things other customers have done:

Heather made a hook & loop chart for taking care of the pets. With 3 teenagers in the house, she found it was hard to keep track of what animal care had and hadn’t been done yet. This way the chart helped keep the pet care communication visible for everyone to know the status!

Meghann made a chore chart that combined both daily and weekly chores into one. I love the creative way she used the binder clips to mark what chores had been completed and still keep the list reusable, with an extra binder clip on the right to mark the current day of the week! Very inventive.

Cindi used The Trip Clip Magnets on a magnetic whiteboard. This method is super flexible – she used extra space at the bottom to hold magnets she wouldn’t need every day. She also allowed her kids to do some personalizing/decorating of their whiteboards (not shown here).

The Trip Clip is very versatile, and will let you make many different kinds of charts to meet your family’s needs. If you make your own, send me a picture and I’ll include it here to share your good ideas with other parents!

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13 Ways to Make Grocery Shopping with Kids Less Torturous. Or maybe even fun.

Alissa from Bounceback Parenting wrote a great blog post about how to survive grocery shopping with her three kids.

#2 on her list was to make a grocery list for your kids. Here’s what she had to say:

2. Make the kids grocery lists – You can create you own from newspaper clippings or just writing down a list.  We’ve got these things called Trip Clips (this is not sponsored by them, I just still use the product a lot – which was sent to me when they were previous sponsors of CWK.) On the Trip Clip site you can print grocery lists that include a picture of the foods to shop for and how many to get.  I never regret it when I take the time to print the kids personalized lists. It keeps them on target at the store and gives them reading practice too.

Make kids lists - tips on making grocery shopping with kids easier

I highly recommend reading through her other 12 suggestions too – they’re great!

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Beginning & End of Day Picture Checklists

Print and laminate these picture checklists to help kids remember what to do each day when they arrive at school, and at the end of the day to clean up and get the classroom back in order in preparation for the next day. All kids will benefit from these reminders, including special needs kids who do especially well with visual reminders.

Print these as is or get an account and edit them them.

School Day Checklist: Print Now Edit

End of Day Cleanup: Print Now Edit

This list can help special needs kids remember what they need to do when they arrive at school each day. These kind of detailed picture checklists are a great way to help kids stay independent but still do all the things that are expected of them.
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Print a Classroom Jobs Chart

I created a PDF you can use to print your own jobs chart for your classroom. Free! It includes a Jobs Chart plus 20 jobs and 20 blank name squares.

Print the Jobs Chart

Here’s how to make this:

  1. Print the PDF
  2. Write the names of the kids in your class on the blank lines. Print the PDF twice if you need more than 20 name squares.
  3. Trim the Job Chart to 7.5″ x 10″
  4. Laminate both sheets of paper
  5. Trim the edges of the laminated job chart to match the paper size
  6. Cut apart the job squares and the name squares
  7. Put hook and look circles on the chart and on the back of each square

Classroom jobs are great way to help keep your classroom organized and also teach all the kids to work together as a community to keep things running smoothly. They’ll each get to practice some different skills as well.

If you want to make any changes, you can purchase the Picture Checklists activities from The Trip Clip and you’ll be able to add different jobs, print the kids names onto the squares instead of writing them by hand, and edit the titles and colors at the top of the Jobs chart. You can also get the hook & loop circles and self-laminating sheets if you don’t have access to a laminator.

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Get Kids Moving: Fitness BINGO & Fitness Tracking

Get kids moving with these fitness challenge printables!

Use the bingo board to introduce kids to ways to move that might be new to them, and encourage them to keep an open mind and find out what they like. Research shows that finding a physical activity that you truly enjoy will make a huge difference in keeping with it throughout your life. Ideas for how to challenge kids with Fitness BINGO:

  • Aim for 5 in a row in one week
  • Try for a black out in a month
  • See how many a kid can do in one month, then beat it the next month
  • Make it a family affair and do these activities together

The Fitness Challenge lets kids keep track of their activities for a month to see how many times they do each of these things. Tracking activity is shown to be helpful in encouraging it! You can also have them track their activity one week, then set a goal for how the will match it or increase it the next week.

If you need to make any changes, you can edit these activities to make them just right for your kids on The Trip Clip website.

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Thank You Notes Kids Can Trace

I updated the Letter Tracing Activity to make it easy to print out traceable thank you notes. You can choose a picture for the top of the card, enter your own text, then print & fold the thank you note into a custom card. Your kids can trace the letters and draw a picture. The recipient is sure to love this custom touch!

You can print it out here to see how it folds up

You can edit it to make your own here

I finished this feature just in time to help kids write thank you notes for their Christmas gifts. For a little behind the scenes look at how this came together, here’s how it unfolded (pun intended):

About a week ago, I realized that my existing traceable thank you note feature would be a lot more useful if it folded into an actual card instead of being a flat half sheet of paper.

After telling my husband I was going to actually take time off of work for the first time in many, many years (it’s hard to take time off when you run your own business), I proceeded to start working on this thank you note idea.

Figuring out how to line everything up to print part of the card upside down so that it would fold correctly when printed was … tricky.

I finally got it working last night – just 3 days before Christmas. In the middle of trying to launch the new feature on my website, my 18-year-old son, who had had a Covid exposure over the weekend, told me he had a runny nose. The feature was half-launched, my website was down while I was working on the update, but I put it all aside to help administer an at home Covid test. For anyone who’s curious to know how the sausage is made, that’s how it’s made. Sometimes my business gets put on hold when the kids need me.

His test was positive, we made some quick decisions about increasing our already pretty thorough quarantine setup, and I went back and finished my feature quite late last night.

Today, Christmas Eve Eve, I wanted to announce the feature, and was reminded of how many hats I wear by running my own business. I can write code to flip text upside down without too much difficulty. Taking good pictures of the resulting product, though, is not something I do well. I tried last night with my phone camera, and the results were pretty poor.

I enlisted my husband’s help this afternoon (he has a real camera, and knows how to light it and not have shadows everywhere), and I got to work prepping the sample card we would photograph.

Not too many years ago, I had little kids in the house that I could ask to trace the letters on this kind of thing for more realistic pictures. Now that my kids are 18 and 15, that doesn’t work as well! Though my 15-year-old did helpfully suggest doing the tracing with a green marker. I tried using my left hand to trace the thank you note and it came out just looking like an old woman with arthritis wrote it.

My husband took a shot at it then, trying to channel his inner child. I think he did ok! It was better than mine, anyway.

He took the photos which were all much better than the shadowy ones I took with my cell phone last night. I made some marketing materials for Facebook and Pinterest, and wrote the text to explain what I’d made.

As I said above, I never cease to be surprised by how many hats I wear while running The Trip Clip. Some of them fit on me much better than others!

And now, I’m going to live up to the promise I made to my husband to put work aside for a bit this year, and focus on enjoying our celebrations as much as I can while we’re all quarantining with a Covid positive young adult in the house, who eats a lot and needs all of his meals prepared for him and delivered to his door!

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Math Addition Practice Bundle: 1-digit, 2-digit-, 3-digit, and 4-digit addition

I created math addition practice packets for 1-digit, 2-digit, 3-digit, and 4-digit addition practice and am selling them on Teachers Pay Teachers. You can buy the whole bundle, or buy each level individually (links below).

These packets offer graduated addition practice starting with adding 0 to 1-digit numbers, all the way up to adding 4-digit numbers to 4-digit numbers. They gradually introduce carrying and place value. All together there are 180 practice sheets (30 problems per sheet), great for home schooling parents or teachers wanting to offer practice at levels that are just right for each child.

Buy the whole bundle

1-digit

2-digit

3-digit

4-digit

If you want to make more, or customize these pages further for your kids, you can do that directly using the math activity on The Trip Clip® website.

Each practice sheet is a half sheet of paper, which fits great on the kid-sized clipboard from The Trip Clip®:

Lots of printable activities for kids – picture checklists to keep them on track, activities for at the grocery store, in the car, on a plane, at a restaurant, even for your home schooling adventures. Optional kid-sized clipboard and 4-color pen make it easy to use the activities on the go.
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Pre-Teen Travel Pack: 15 Free Activity Pages

These activity pages are great for keeping kids entertained and even learning a little something when you’re traveling.

You can print them as is for free, or edit them to make them harder or easier or just simply print more!

Here are all the ways kids can learn from these activities:

  • Road sign BINGO which is fun and helps teach rules of the road
  • 2 extreme mazes for problem solving
  • 2 word search puzzles for spelling practice
  • 1 drawing activity for fun and creativity
  • 1 sudoku puzzle for problem solving practice
  • 2 crossword puzzles for problem solving and spelling practice
  • 2 cryptogram puzzles for spelling and problem solving practice
  • Tic tac toe, dots and boxes, and hangman to practice turn taking, problem solving, and spelling

All the activities are designed to fit on a kid-sized clipboard, like this one from The Trip Clip that also comes with an attached, 4-color pen for great screen free travel fun.

Lots of printable activities for kids – picture checklists to keep them on track, activities for at the grocery store, in the car, on a plane, at a restaurant, even for your home schooling adventures. Optional kid-sized clipboard and 4-color pen make it easy to use the activities on the go.
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Apriendo en la Tienda de Comestibles: 10 Actividadas Gratuitas

You can learn at the grocery store – in Spanish! Many of The Trip Clip® activities allow full customization, which means you can easily make them in any language you want. Whether Spanish is your native language, or you want to practice a second language, you can have fun doing your grocery shopping in Spanish!

You can print these activities here for free, or you can edit them to make them just right for your family.

There are lots of great ways to use all of these activities as learning opportunities, or even just to keep your little ones entertained while you get the shopping done!

Check out this post I wrote for shopping at the grocery store with kids.

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Letter Tracing: 26 Upper and Lower Case Letters + 10 Numbers

These letter tracing pages from The Trip Clip let kids practice writing all of their letters and numbers, while also practicing first letter sounds with some fun coloring pictures.

There are a few different ways to use these:

Get a pre-made packet

I created a packet of all 26 letters (upper and lower case) and the numbers 0-9 that you can buy on Teachers Pay Teachers. No account is needed on The Trip Clip website to get this packet.

Make Your Own Packet

You can also make your own letter tracing workbook if you purchase the letter tracing activity from The Trip Clip. This activity makes it easy to make your own customized workbook based on your child’s abilities.

Follow these steps to make an alphabet or numbers workbook of your own with some customized settings:

  1. Log into your account
  2. Go to the letter tracing activity
  3. Make a selection on the left to choose upper case, lower case, both, or numbers
  4. Choose what size letters you want. You can choose 1-inch, 3/4-inch, or 1/2-inch letters depending on your is ready for
  5. Click the blue ‘PRINT BOOK’ button
  6. Click ADD TO PRINT QUEUE
  7. On the Print Queue page, review your pages to make sure they’re what you want, and click Print to create your custom PDF

You can also print off individual pages to focus on certain letters or numbers based on what your child needs to practice. You can make the letters and numbers bigger or smaller here too:

Write Custom Words

The most useful thing the letter tracing activity from The Trip Clip offers is the ability for you to you enter your own text, so you can have your child practice writing meaningful words and phrases. This helps them begin to see how letters fit together to form words they care about. I recommend having them trace their name, your phone number (a great way to help them start to memorize it), a thank you note, or even a grocery list you can then take to the store!

This feature also lets you write in other languages, as long as they use roman characters. You can use this if English isn’t your native language, or if you want to help your kids learn a new language.

Add a Clipboard and Pen

For all of these options, the half-sheet printed pages are designed to work on a kid-sized clipboard. The board adds some fun to the letter tracing, and also makes the activities super portable. You can take them with you when you travel, or even just on trips around town. Having kids trace the grocery list helps them with their handwriting practice, spelling, and the important life skill of shopping for food, all at the same time!

Give your kids their own grocery list, and throw in a little handwriting practice too! So much good learning to be done at the grocery store!
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