I created these lists to help my kids know exactly what I mean when I ask them to clean a room. They still don’t really want to do the chores, but the grumbling lessens when they can at least see there is a beginning and an end to the jobs expected of them.
Celebrate Thanksgiving with some fun, free printables like this Thanksgiving crossword puzzle:
You can easily change the difficulty level to make it just right for your kids. If you want more like this, or you’d like to print some other Thanksgiving activity pages, to go thetripclip.com.
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.
Here are some other ways you can use a picture checklist:
Here’s how you can make this cute and super useful VELCRO picture checklist for just $15.
Apply VELCRO dots to your To Do / Done Board and your Magnet stamps. The ones I recommend here are just the right size/sticky-ness to work well with a VELCRO board.
Your Trip Clip Magnet Board can hang on any magnetic surface, like your refrigerator.
If your fridge isn’t magnetic, or if you want your chart to be in your child’s room, a cookie sheet works great, and you can buy a cookie sheet for just $1 at DollarTree.
Heather also used a $1 cookie sheet, though she painted hers first and then screwed it to the wall to use the back of the cookie sheet to put her girls’ magnet boards side by side:
You can also use the Magnetic Checklist Activity to make a VELCRO board.
Here’s how you can do this yourself for just $15:
- Instead of buying the Magnet Bundle, buy 5 Website Activities from The Trip Clip. ($5)
- Once you have an account on the website, click Activities in the menu bar, and go to the Magnetic Checklist Activity. Click Add to add this activity to your account.
- Print your To Do / Done Board by clicking the To Do / Done radio button under Print Settings on the left side of the screen. You’ll be able to put your child’s name at the top of the board and choose the color for the name before you print.
- Trim your To Do / Done board to 10 in x 7.5 in.
- Laminate your To Do / Done Board with a laminating machine, or with these self-adhesive laminating sheets. ($7)
- Go back to the Magnetic Checklist Activity and this time select “Magnet Stamps” under Print Settings.
- Print, laminate, and cut apart your custom stamps.
- Apply VELCRO dots to your To Do / Done Board and your Magnet stamps. The ones I recommend here are just the right size/sticky-ness to work well with a VELCRO board hanging on the wall. ($3)
- Hang up your To Do / Done Board anywhere you like and you’re ready to go!
Chores are a great way to teach responsibility, as well as a ton of important life skills. Many parents aren’t sure what to expect of their kids, so here is a good list of chores that most 10-15 year olds can learn.
This list might not be quite right for your 10-15 year old. You can easily edit this list to make it just right for your family. And remember that kids shouldn’t have these skilled mastered at age 10! Sometime between ages 10 and 15 you can introduce these chores, teach your kids how to do them, and give them chances to practice and eventually master them.
Get your kids moving with this Fitness Challenge Printable! Have them keep track of their activities for a month and see how many times they can do each of these things. Learn about what kinds of activities they love and will keep doing.
You can also give them some goals as motivation to keep them going. Once they’ve kept track for a month, you can try some of the ideas below for the next month, depending on what you’re hoping to accomplish:
- Match It: If they’re already really active, have them match their activity the next month
- Beat It: If your aim is to get them moving more, ask them to see if they can beat each count by 1 the next month.
- Try Something New: Maybe they need to find something they enjoy more, so add a new thing each month (and remove the thing they did the least the previous month) and see if they find something they enjoy more
- Self Awareness: Give them 1 solo activity, 1 activity with a buddy, 1 group activity, 1 indoor activity, and 1 outdoor activity and see which ones they do the most. They’ll learn about what kind of activity works best for them!
This Bingo Board can also be a fun motivator to get your kids, and even the whole family, moving. Here are some different ways you can use the Bingo Board with your kids:
- Ideas: Use this bingo board to generate ideas – let your kid pick any item off of the list they want.
- 5-in-a-row: Have your kids try to get 5 in a row over the course of a week – horizontally, vertically, or diagonally
- Black out: Have your kids try to complete the whole board in a month!
- How many: Rather than blacking it out, have them see how many of these they can do in one month.
- How Many: Have your kid count how many times they do each of these activities over the course of a month.
- All in the Family: Make it a family effort and try to do these activities together. Parents may find something new they enjoy too!
- Competitive Bingo: Print a board for each family member see how many of these each of you can do in a month.
If you have other ideas for activities to add to this board, let me know!