Friday, August 26, 2011

Chore Sticks

My kids are 14 and 11 years old.  For the most part they are helpful around the house.  However, there are those times when the arguments start.  For instance, one will say "why doesn't he have to feed the cat", or "why is it always me who has to empty the dishwasher".  So, to make things more fair,  I came up with this simple solution.
I started with an empty container and a bunch of popsicle sticks I had in a craft bin.
I removed the label from the container and cut scrapbook paper to size. 
 I then attached it using Mod Podge.
I then did the same with the lid.
Then using a Sharpie, I simply wrote the chores on each of the sticks.  
After some final decorations to the container, I filled it with the chore sticks.  Now the kids simply have to try their luck in what they pull out.  (You get what you get and you don't get upset). 

Hope everyone will be safe this weekend with the hurricane scheduled to hit the east coast.  



Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

great idea...can they "trade" with each other?

Debbiedoos said...

You are so clever. My kids would probably ask where is the Popsicle, LOL...have a great weekend Judy.

evie - brown paper packages said...

What a great idea! I`ll have to remember this idea for when my kids are big enough for chores!
Thanks so much for stopping by BPPackages and following!! :)

Susan Anderson said...

What a clever mom you are!


Gina said...

Great idea! We use this system in school for class participation. When everyone has their hand up to answer a question, it's much easier to pull a popsicle stick to see who gets to answer the question.

Kirsten Harr said...

Love that idea!

Becca Bertotti said...

Great idea! I'm sure it's working perfectly, too.

Janell @ House of Fifty said...

This is such a great idea, I've just gotten more "serious" about the kids doing chores and this should help! Janell

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