Our 'Do...Done!' chart

One of the tasks I set for myself on my 18 in 90 list was to make a chore chart for my two oldest children (4 and 2 years old). This is what I came up with:

This new chore chart resides on the side of our fridge. It was a simple project. One day I walked around the house and took pictures of the chores. Then I emailed the photos to my sweet friend who printed them out a bit smaller than wallets (thanks, Amy!) I glued the photo on cardstock (pink for my daughter, blue for my son), wrote their names on the bottom, and laminated them with clear contact paper. I bought some sticky-magnet tape to put on the back, and ta da... done! :)

Here's a closer picture:

We are loving this system. I'm a very visual person and know that my daughter is, too, and my son, well- he's two, so I figure visual is good for him, too. It is truly one of Ella's favorite parts of the day to check the chart, see what she has yet to do, run off and do it, and then come back and move the photo to the 'Done' column. The first morning this was up she did all of her chores in the first hour (except for picking up the toys, since they hadn't played with any yet!)...and she was genuinely bummed to have to leave that one on the 'Do' side.

This has been great, too- for her to assist me in helping her little brother do his chores. It's really evident now as to what he's done or not done, so she's become his little encourager in this, too- "Do you wanna make your bed now? Let's go make your bed! Then you can move this picture of your bed over to the other side! Let's go. I'll help you!" And off they go.

Prior to this I was using a chart I had made in Word that I was weekly having to print off of the computer, hang up, and they would each check off the boxes when done. I usually had to help them find the proper box to check off- ("No, that's Tuesday. It's Monday today. The first box. Right here.") I like our 'Do... Done!' chart better because it's more permanent in that it requires nothing else from me, really- except for an occasional glance to see what else remains to be done.

For those who are curious, their chores are as follows:
E: make bed, put dirty clothes in hamper, take silverware out of the dishwasher, clean up toys in living room, and clear off the table.
I: make bed, put dirty clothes in hamper, clean up toys in living room, clear off the table, and put the books back on the bookshelf.

I'd love to hear from others what chores you're having your preschoolers do! I know we'll have to add to our own list at some point!


  1. May. 15, 2006 - Stacy...
    Posted by PreschoolersandPeace
    Dontcha know I just LOVE this! May I post it on P and P?


    May. 15, 2006 - Welcome back, Kendra!
    Posted by reformingmama
    I missed you!
    And of COURSE you may post this... I'm delighted you would even want to! :)

    I really am happy you're back... how was your trip?


    May. 16, 2006 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by Rebeca
    This is a great idea- Thanks for sharing it. I've been wondering how to get my boy to be a bit more independent, and this seems perfect. I've been having him do more "helper jobs" with me and I'm amazed at how much he can do when I take the time to teach him how- loads and unloads washer and dryer, helps load and unload dishwasher, table setting, folding washcloths and matching socks, cleaning up his things, helping me cook, etc.
    Bless you today!


    May. 18, 2006 - Oh this is good....
    Posted by Panshrmu
    this may help my teen fosterkids too, so I don't have to ask them HAVE YOU DONE YOUR WORK YET!!!!


    May. 18, 2006 - thanks
    Posted by Mary
    Thanks for the idea! I'll give it a go with Levi. I am glad to hear it's worked with ya'll. I'll keep you posted.


    May. 19, 2006 - Wonderful idea!
    Posted by Anonymous
    That is such a great idea! I bet my active two-year-old boy would really love that, though it'd take a little while for him to figure it out. The first job I taught him was to take the paper labels off of empty cans destined for the recycling. He loves to have a big boy job!

  2. I have been looking for a chore chart system that would work for our family. We have two boy's (almost 6 and just turned 2) and it has been really hard to find something that I like for our family. I love this idea. Thank you for putting this up so that others can use it to.

  3. Thank you so much! I know this idea was meant for young children, but I'm in college and living with four other roommates with very busy schedules. This is a great way for us to communicate our responsibilities without having to sit down and delegate. Thanks again!

  4. Anonymous,

    I'm so glad it will work for you and your roommates! :) Blessings to all of you!



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