We are setting things in place to have an economy in our home, so I just created this chore ring for earning money. We also made money buckets so they know what to do with the money they earn. Today was about creating a system so they know how they can earn money. If you are a curious if I believe chores should be paid or unpaid, you can read my opinion here.
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I wanted something compact that I could hide away when desired. My kids have responsibilities in our home. This chore ring for earning money is more about the extra tasks that need doing around the house. When they say they have a desire to make some money, I can simply hand them the chore ring and ask them to pick a job out to do. Each wood piece on the ring has a job and a price.
Materials to Make a Chore Ring for Earning Money
- Woodsies (thin wood of different shapes)
- Scrapbook Paper
- Loose Leaf Binder Ring
- Craft Paint
- Skinny Sharpie
- Drill Press
How to Make a Chore Ring for Earning Money
Have kids trace around the Woodsies onto different color paper. Then, have kids paint one side of the Woodsies in different colors. Allow to dry.
- 30 cents for wiping down baseboards in bathroom
- 30 cents for wiping down baseboards in Mom & Dad’s room
- 40 cents for wiping baseboards in the living room
- 40 cents for vacuuming the kitchen floor
- 40 cents for wiping down baseboards in the kitchen
- 70 cents for organizing one of their bedroom drawers (re-folding all their clothes)
- 50 cents for vacuuming under couch cushions
- 60 cents for dusting the living room
- 30 cents for emptying the silverware from the dishwasher
- $1.00 for wiping down all the fronts of the kitchen cabinets
- 40 cents for cleaning out a kitchen drawer
- 40 cents for cleaning out a bathroom drawer
- 50 cents per bucket of weeds
- 30 cents for matching socks in the laundry
- 40 cents for organizing shoes in the front closet
- $1.00 parent’s choice
Cute idea, and I love that they put it together themselves. It gives them ownership. Cool!
Thanks! They were pretty enthusiastic to get going at it right away.
awesome idea i love it thanks for sharing
Thanks so much!
Such a cute concept!!!! I’m going to do this with my girls!!!!!
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I hope you do. Seeing your creativity, I’m sure yours will be adorable. Let me know how it goes.
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I love the little guy painting! Reminds me of my little guy. He loves to get messy. The amounts are too cute. I love it, it’s like they have little jobs! Thanks for sharing on Thinky Linky Thursday!
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He had paint everywhere. He was having a blast though. 🙂
This is a great idea. We’re looking for a way to post chores and this looks like it would be fun to set up and easy to implement. Thanks!
So far, they are really enjoying it. I hope you find something that works well for you guys too. Thanks for your comments. Heading over to browse your site now too.
Cool idea. My eldest is just learning to read – so that kind of set up might work in a year or so! Thanks for sharing it. 🙂
What a great idea. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a great week!
this really is a dahling and useful idea – my favorite kind!
Is it working?!
That’s a good question. It worked at the beginning, but it is my fault I haven’t been emphasizing it. I think it would be good to pursue it again. Thanks for the reminder.
Oh this is wonderful! I gotta try this! That way my boys can learn to add money and to see what their hard work earns them! 🙂
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Interesting idea did some of the extra chores that are most often overlooked but I also believe that basic chores should not be associated with compensation as sometimes, thr re are things that just have to get done. An equally important lesson.
I agree. I like to have some things that can earn money so they understand the value of money and the reward (very true to the real world) of hard work. However, I think there are some chores that they should just do because they are part of the family. It’s part of being a contributing member. Here’s an article I wrote on the subject: https://meaningfulmama.com/2012/09/day-245-tip-chorespaid-or-unpaid.html. Thanks so much for weighing in. I love to hear what other people are doing.
This is such a brilliant idea, I’m just wondering though how old are your kiddos, my LG is only 4 and isn’t ready get yet so she isn’t quote ready for this one, I was however thinking of colour coding them so she sort of gets used to the colour for each task……
I think it’s going to be different for each child, but I think I started this when my kids were 4 and younger. My oldest got excited for a couple days and then the excitement wore off. She then re-visited it randomly, which is how I have it set up. I don’t think it was until recently (age 5 and 6) that they are starting to come back to it more because they are starting to understand the value of money more. I also made a “Help Wanted” poster (https://meaningfulmama.com/2012/03/day-89-help-wanted-poster-character.html) so that I could advertise more when I needed help. I hope that’s helpful. I do like the color coding idea. Let me know if you start to implement this.
I wish my child would do chores for under $1. She has her chore of washing dishes (without pay). I’d love to implement other chores for a monetary reward, however, I’m guessing I would have to pay $5 to $10 each. She is a stinker.
Wow! She drives a hard bargain. I imagine it’s more expensive with older kids, but I don’t know how old your kids are. I don’t know how much money is given to your kids in other ways (grandparents, birthdays, etc.), but I’m sure that plays into it too. My kids don’t have a lot of money so getting money is a big deal. I also don’t buy tons for them, so they look forward to going shopping with their own money. You’re in a tough spot.
My kid is the same way! ?
At age 7 she began negotiating EVERYTHING!
I can absolutely appreciate her gumption (its hard to be upset when I know she’s EXACTLY like I am/was as a child too…)
It’s not like we are well off in ANY way either!
It’s as if she just has expensive taste – although its far more likely she just values the ability to lounge around & “relax” MUCH MORE than she values the ability to earn money and buy things? I don’t know…. Had she not just turned 8 and received a handful of items she really wanted, I would feel positive about implimenting this system right now.
Knowing she is SUPER COMPETATIVE, I told hubby we will leave up our regular routine/chore chart/s up and ADDITIONALLY set up this system as an opportunity to make money (since chart chores are unpaid…)
I figure we will just get her 4 year old sister REALLY EXCITED and its very likely big sister will jump onboard just to make sure she’s not “outdone” by a Preschooler! Ha!
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You do have to appreciate their gumption. My daughter’s determination is one of the things I admire most about her, although it can be frustrating at time. I’m just praying she uses it for good. Most of my kids seem more motivated to just be rather than earn money right now too. They’ll go to these ideas when they are super motivated to buy something. Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my blog. I really appreciate it, and I wish you loads of success as you pursue your own blogging dreams.
I love this idea and wish I had it when my son was smaller. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board
I love this idea. I will be running to Michael’s today on my lunch break. I have been trying to find a ‘chore chart’ idea that didn’t require magnets all over my fridge…or another big calendar on my wall lol. The ring is perfect. I’m going to buy the kids each their own ring so that after they do their chore they can move the chore from the original ring to their ring which we will add up at the end of each week. Thanks for the great idea!
So fun! I’m glad that you found and are excited about this chore ring, and I hope your kids have a great time embracing it too. Thanks so much for letting me know!