But now, as a society, we are finally catching up a bit more with wonderful teaching methods like The Montessori Method, and we are starting to help our children get on the right path to independence.
Preschoolers and even toddlers are capable of performing small tasks, be it picking their blocks up or wiping the table. Messes are part of childhood and that is ok, but we also need to clean them up.
In our home, this was becoming a bit of an issue, so I am sharing with you this post with an easy way to keep a toddler and preschooler’s room clean. As a bonus, this post comes with a FREE printable of the chart!
Read on to find out what happens when you get a chore chart for multiple kids! And don’t forget to check out our chore chart hub! It has great ideas to pick the perfect chore chart for multiple kids!
Multiple Child Chore Chart Template Materials
Neenah Cardstock, 8.5AmazonBasics Thermal LaminatorScotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 8.9 x 11.4 -Inches,Sharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted3M Scotch Mounting Tape, .5-Inch by 75-Inch, 2-PACKFlexible Magnetic Strip – 1/2 Inch x 10
What you need:
- Printing paper
- Printer (black and white is fine, but color is preferred)
- Laminator (or sheet protector)
- Sharpie markers (all colors or black will be fine)
- Double-sided tape (the foamy kind so it doesn’t damage the wall paint or magnetic tape to put up on the fridge)
- A oddler or a preschooler
- Print the chart.
- Laminate the responsibility chart (I highly recommend it).
- Fill it out with your custom chores list. Note: I liked using the matching Sharpie color as the rectangles and arrows, but you can easily use black in all. I also like to list the chores in order of importance.r
- Put it up in his/her room (at eye level).
- Explain it to him/her so he/she knows how it works and what to do.
This is What Happens When You Get a Chore Chart for Multiple Kids
Whether you are a laissez-faire kind of mom or the kind of mom who likes an immaculate home 24/7, we all have a desire to see our children grow up with kids lessons like respect for themselves and the environment around them.
This includes taking care of themselves (hygienic) and their homes (sanitary). So, without further ado, this is what we did in our home with our multiple child chore chart printable that works great.
This strategy worked for us to keep our toddler and preschooler’s room-cleaning experience a whole lot easier for everyone involved. I hope it works with your preschoolers as well.
Why do you need chore charts for multiple kids? Well, my son is young (a preschooler), but can read. He didn’t need pictures to go along with each item listed. He is, however, a visual learner and a “list person,” so this worked very well for him.
My daughter (a toddler) doesn’t read yet, so the pictures helped her tremendously. They made her feel included in the process, which is very important. I also wanted to be able to alter it as both of them grew and were capable of doing more.
If you are interested in making a unit out of chores and charts, then you will love these resources:
Free Printable Chore Charts for Multiple Children
You really need this toddler chore chart printable with pictures. My 2.5-year old toddler can understand it and begin to help her brother a bit more because I left enough room in each rectangle to include words AND pictures.
Now that the printable chore chart for multiple kids is ready for use, go to your preschooler’s room and look around. What is the number one priority to clean? Stinky clothes? Write that down first.
Or maybe you want to start off with the easiest thing to clean–like books. Regardless, I suggest that you use the first column to BOTH write down the word (books, shoes, toys, etc.) and the picture form of that word.
In the second column, you will write AND draw the place where those things go. For example, books go in the bookshelf, toys go in the bin or chest, etc. It brings results! And I think that is the most important thing.
Another awesome feature about this chart is that, since it is laminated, when your priorities change or a particular item isn’t a problem any more, you can always use a little bit of white vinegar or rubbing alcohol to clean it off and start over again.
Montessori at Home Printable Chore Charts for Multiple Children
Next, it is time to put it up in his/her room. Find a spot in the bedroom where it is at the child’s eye-level. Use four squares of double-sided tape (the foamy kind like in the picture below) on every back corner of the chart and press hard against the wall.
This is what ours looks like. A very, very important step that we must never forget is to actually sit with your child in front of the chart and explain to him/her how it works and what he/she is expected to do.
The first time you try it out, be there for your child so you can coach him/her on how it works and when it is time to move on to the next item on the list. Now, whenever it is time to clean his room, I tell my son to follow the chart.
This has made our cleaning experience a whole lot easier. He shares his room with a toddler right now, so I have her observe him to learn from him as he picks up, and she pitches in whenever she can (when it is age-appropriate for her).
Their room looks a lot better now that we have the chart, and there is less nagging and less of the typical, “I don’t know where to start!” excuse. Well…almost.
What happens when you get these chore charts? You get helpful and responsible kids, a clean and orderly home and happy hearts. There is just something special about a sense of beloniging.
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Here are two links for other relevant chore-related printable activities:
I hope you enjoy making this chart for your toddlers and preschoolers. If you aren’t sure if it’ll work for your child or not, then I suggest you do what I did and make a handwritten list to use for a few days.
But download this chart first, just in case you do want to use it. I wish your home many-a-clean toddler and preschooler rooms! What chores do your young children have to do around the house? Please share the ages of your children and the jobs they do!