Really this post is not just about a DIY idea it is the beginning of a series of posts about the rhythm and rythm of our/my days. My last post RAW, eluded to some of the post I wanted to share. The posts are overall ideas that I have begun implementing to help bring the things that we value to practical steps in our home. Some of these things we are testing out and some will be things we already see working.
We used to do chores like THIS, however as my kids are growing and changing I am wanting to help them grow and change in responsibility and producing good habits. Also and just as important it is to encourage them to serve their family (and others) with the help they contribute through the week.
So here is one creative way we are putting into practice these things:
Here is a picture tutorial for our Cardboard Clipboards. :)
After you have cut out your cardboard to the size you like then prepare the clothes pins like pictured above.
I then decorated the cardboard piece with what I had in my house.
I then glue gunned the clothes pins to the cardboard. Make sure if you try this to measure where you want your clothes pin before you glue. Test it a couple times, attach a piece of paper to see where you want it to hang.
I wanted to have a place where I could stick on a marker/pencil etc.
This is what I did:
I used stick on Velcro pieces.
I stuck on one Velcro piece to the cardboard and one to the marker.
I had been thinking a lot about how to execute the new chore ideas in my home. One thing I really wanted was a permanent place for chores but something I could redo if needed easily.
These sheet protectors are PERFECT.
Also this great PRINTOUT by Delightful Distractions is what I am using for now.
You can find the free Chore printable here.
By using the sheet protectors you can protect the printout and also change up things as needed by throwing away the sheet protector and putting on a new one. I tried to show you below how I utilized them.
I used a permanent black marker to write out the chores.
Also by using the sheet protectors and having that handy dandy marker there, the kids can participate by marking off what they get done. The markers are washable markers. Good thing since my three year really likes to "mark" off things all over his chorechart and has missed and hit the wall a few times. My oldest however especially likes this... I think she may be a future 'list' maker. :)
I included my 5 and 3 year olds chore charts to give an example
of how I used the Chore chart and the sheet protector.
I am wanting even the simple mundane tasks in a day to produce in our family (in me) a serving heart and a value of doing things together.
"I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to your testimonies." Ps. 119:59
In these beginning days with these clipboards and chores I want to help and encourage my kids with follow through. We have always had the "get ready for the day responsibilities" so adding to that I am hoping will help it to congeal quicker for the kids. I personally have set aside a month in my head to watch, encourage and train for these new chores, not just in getting it done but the attitude in which it is done. Walking in patience for me to see the 'best' results is a challenge, I like quick results. However I am determined in this and the other things we are implementing in our home to have patience with and in the process.
"Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty."Proverbs 21:5
Well off I go. I cut out a bunch more cardboard pieces and want to put the kids art work on it and hang it above their beds or maybe above their chore charts??. We shall see. :)
In my west corner, using what I have and enjoying these moments being home, body and heart. ;)