I never did well with Chore Charts. I drafted up all of these nifty little charts with stars and such, but it just seemed like….well…a “chore” for me. We’d do it for a little bit and then it would soon fade. But one of the things I found that worked well is a “punch card”. I didn’t have to establish chores. It was a matter of them choosing something they wanted to do to earn a hole punch in their card with a prize as a reward.
When they did a good deed, such as a chore without being asked, or helping out in the kitchen, or taking out the trash, making someone else’s bed, picking up the doggy doo, etc., they got a hole punched in their card. Once they completed 12 good deeds, they would earn a prize. This prize differed with age. For the little ones I had a “grab bag” they could pick a prize from. I bought one of those fancy birthday sacks you can buy for like $3 and I went to the Novelty section at Walmart and purchased a variety of favor gifts you give out at parties. They had flip bracelets, little race cars, bubbles, fancy notepads, etc. It may seem simple, but young kids really go for it and really look forward to it.
For older kids, you can do something like taking them to a movie or to dinner, giving them extra time on the computer or video games, or even giving them allowance, whichever is a motivating factor for your child. Each child is different. When my kids were younger, they were motivated by the grab bag. As they got to be teenagers, it gravitated to either clothes or cash. For my daughter, if she earns 12 punches, she earns allowance.
You can either limit the punch to one a day, or make it endless with something smaller as a prize, such as a piece of candy, or extra play time with a friend or playing with their toys, or staying up a little later at night. The possibilities are endless. As the kids get older, you can adjust it to fit their ages.
These punch cards are the size of a business card. I like to print them out on a stiffer paper, such as card stock, but they can also be printed out on regular paper.
I hope you enjoy this idea. Let me know how it works for you. For a FREE 8.5 x 11-inch printable, click here.
P.S. For older kids, you may have to “hide” the punch so they don’t cheat! LOL. I’m being serious!