As my kids are close in age (in fact, only 19 months separates the three youngest ones), I decided it would be easiest to select jobs that they are all capable of doing. I thought of creating a separate set of slightly more difficult jobs for my eldest, but decided against this in the interest of simplicity and enhancing the kids' sense of solidarity. At first I had just four chore sticks, which worked well for a while before the kids started getting bored with them. I then realised I need to increase the number of chores to keep it interesting. I added some silly ones as well, to keep it fun. To help the kids that can't read, I drew a little picture at the top of the stick to help them identify the chore.
Here are some of the chores that we have on our sticks:
- Vacuum floor
- Feed Bunny
- Check Spot's water and food - sadly, this chore is no longer required :(
- Clean table and sweep the floor
- Make beds & put pyjamas away (morning only job)
- Put toys and books away
- Give Mummy a cuddle (this is my favourite, of course)
- Tickle the person closest to you
- Put nappies in the bin
- Roar like a tiger
The chore sticks have had a big thumbs up from me, as well as from my team of little helpers. Just the mere mention of chore sticks gets them excited and sometimes they even ask to do them! My only challenge is to keep thinking of new jobs, as the kids do get bored with the same chores pretty quickly.