We’ve tried paper. We tried dry erase board. We even tried Popsicle sticks. Nothing worked. The truth was…we had TOO MANY chicks to use one stinkin’ chore chart! No matter what my brainy chicken head came up with, we never had enough room or it was never convenient enough to accommodate the fact that my kids like to swap chores faster than Pokemons. And then…inspiration struck… I give you the LARGE MAGNETIC CHORE CHART!
I needed a magnetic system where chores could be swapped back and forth at will but large enough to keep everyone’s accounting in one localized place. Sure, the side of the fridge is a large metallic surface, but I’d already covered it with our homemade, super duper cheap awesome family calendar (brainy chickens self-promote when possible). What to do…what to do. Then, I had a great idea and went to Autozone.
Yep. AUTOZONE. What you see before you is a $10 oil drip pan. It’s huge! It’s shiny! It holds a million magnets!
Magnets for the “Chores”
For the “chores” I decided to go to Hobby Lobby and buy 1 in round wooden circles in the wood section. They were pretty cheap at 2.99 per package. I had to buy a lot of them. As I mentioned before…I have a lot of kids. I went to the scrapbook paper aisle (which I normally avoid like the plague) and bought some coordinating papers. Then off to the magnet aisle where I purchased a big package of round magnets to glue on the back.
Avery.com has templates that you can download for Word and I typed up the list of chores that I wanted to be represented on my circles. After formatting, I cut my scrapbook paper down to size and fed it through my home printer and voila. I also used the same paper to make name headers for each of my kiddos but you could get super creative and decorate your chore chart any way you like. I used 1 in circles because I was able to pull out my old scrapbook punch thingy and perfectly cut the printed circles out to glue onto the front of my wooden discs. It was super easy this way and didn’t take long at all.
After that, I used a glue gun and attached my magnets to the back of my circles which was also fast and easy.
The whole process only took about an hour and when finished, I had a ginormous chore chart that would accommodate all three of my chicks and was light enough to hang on our hallway wall with velcro command strips.
Seriously, it was wicked fast, wicked easy, wicked practical for three kids, and looks wicked cute.
If you have made a large magnetic chore chart before, what materials did you use?