Getting kids doing chores

It's half term for our kids next week, and I have decided to use it to reintroduce a system that we have used before to encourage the kids to do their chores, without me having to be constantly nagging them.


Great way to get kids to do their chores without nagging them. These simple job boards have screen time rewards attached to them!


The kids have always had chores that are meant to be their responsibility, in order to earn their pocket money. Lately, any request from me for help around the house has been met with a combination of belligerence ('I'm not doing that, I've got money saved') and whinging ('she's not helping me with the recycling, why do I have to do everything'). Although they do always end up doing their chores, I, and I'm sure the kids would feel the same, could do without the initial battle to get them done. Our job box is inspired by a pin I saw some time ago on Pinterest. That pin featured a pin board with large bulldog clips. Each clip held a task and a dollar bill to be earned. Here in the UK we no longer have a small denomination note; I was turning over ideas of coins in envelopes, and Monopoly money when inspiration struck!

Great way to get kids to do their chores without nagging them. These simple job boards have screen time rewards attached to them!


Our new currency is screen time vouchers. I found some free to use clip art to put them together, and then simply printed out a couple of sheets. We painted a paper mache casket, and some little boards of wood. These are colour coded. One colour for each child, and one for jobs that both kids have to complete together. We also made two star boards; these are bonus boards that will have a voucher attached for when the kids have earned an extra reward. Both kids were surprisingly excited by the new system, we sat down and worked out who was going to be responsible for what, and decided we would start using it the next day.

job box - completed


When we first introduced the system, the kids woke me up the next day at 6.30am, full of excitement. You guessed it, they had completed all their jobs and were brandishing their vouchers at me. Slight disappointment followed when they discovered that the 'no screen time before tea' rule was still in force. The system worked really well the first time around, screen time is never far from their thoughts if we are home, so it acts as the perfect reminder without me having to be constantly reminding them of what they need to do.

I'd love to hear what systems you use to encourage your kids to do chores, or indeed, whether you think kids should be doing chores at all?

 Great way to get kids to do their chores without nagging them. These simple job boards have screen time rewards attached to them!

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  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog

    Back in the day I used to limit the kids to 2 hours a day, but eventually they got the best of me. Now it’s a free for all, but they aren’t kids anymore.
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    February 16, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I tell mine if they study hard now then they’ll be able to choose how they spend their time as adults – of course they look at me as though I came from another planet lol

      February 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    What a great idea. It sounds as if you have hit on the perfect reward system, they want more screentime and are willing to earn it. I’d say that’s a huge win for all of you! Plus great for learning responsibility and working together. You are just brilliant!
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    February 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Nikki, they haven’t really got the stage where they need much money so the trick is finding something they value enough to want to work for it – it’s definitely a lesson I want to teach them 🙂

      February 19, 2017 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I absolutely love this idea Sarah. The color coding makes it so much easier and using Screen time vouchers instead of money is genius. A really cool idea

    February 14, 2017 at 7:23 am
  • Reply Dutch Dutch Goose

    I love the idea of earning screen time. We have a mason jar with popsicle sticks full of chores, but I could easily integrate screen time into it. Thanks!

    September 16, 2015 at 10:34 am
    • Reply Sarah

      It has really focused their efforts – they would sell their souls for screen time! Thanks for popping by 🙂

      September 16, 2015 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Catherine @ShadowDogDesigns

    What a brilliant idea for screen time! Can see why your kids would be excited to do chores (: Thank you for sharing.

    August 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      This method really has exceeded my expectations! Thanks for visiting x

      August 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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