The "Instant Gratification" Chore Chart....
So, a few weeks back, I decided to start an actual allowance, for my two girls. Typically I did a rewards system, but I wanted to really start teaching them about saving, the real value of money, and the value of work ethic. I sat and looked up ideas, but nothing really seemed to catch my eye.
I started brainstorming.
Here's what I came up with...
An "Instant Gratification", chart.
Basically, the way it works is, that each day, they have a set of chores/responsibilities. If they complete the items on the cards, the get to collect their $1 at the end of the day (After I have checked that things have been done).
The rules are:
Mommy checks before they collect their $1
If they do not complete their tasks, Mommy gets to keep that $1 for that day.
If Mommy has a bonus chore, they can potentially earn that $1, back.
The great thing about this chart is that you can update it as needed. The cards can be updated and replaced, as the child gets older, since they are only help by a push pin.
You can also set up a system where they start with $1 a day, then move it to $2, every other day, $3 every 3 days...and so on. This will gradually take them from encouraging by instant gratification (Which most children seem to respond well to), all the way up to teaching them that hard work pays off over time. It's completely up to you
Now, how to make it:
(This makes a chart for two children)
-(1) 2 ft x 2 ft piece of particle board
-A 2 ft. x 2 ft sheet of cork
-(14) Screw in hooks
(The kind of hooks used to hand coffee mugs)
(Or you can use a glue gun)
-1 roll of Scotch Expressions Tape
(I used black, but they come in a ton of colors)
-(14) Push Pins (I used Clear)
-(14) Binder clips
Start by Finding the center of the board. Use your tape to divide the cork board into anywhere between 5 and 7 days, depending on your chore chart requirements. You will need to make sure to measure.
(See pictures above).
This tape is very easy to work with.
Once the board is divided into sections, I used my label maker to make the days of the week. You can also print them out and use double-sided tape to attach.
Next, screw in the hooks. Make sure to center them in the space. This will hold the binder clips, that hold the $1 bills.
At this point, you should be at the stage below...
For the Chore Cards:
I personally Used my printer to type up a checklist, then printed and trimmed it down. I then used doublesided tape, to attach it to some scrapbook paper. You can just use index cards, if that works better for you.
I finished by laminating the cards, so that they would turn into dry erasable cards.
Attach cards to chart with pushpins, about halfway down the rectangular space.
Viola!!! Your "Instant Gratification" Chore Chart.