Ginger Snap Crafts: fab friday {#5 chore sticks}
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Friday, September 2, 2011

fab friday {#5 chore sticks}

Each Friday this month I’ll be counting downto my #1 Back to School help.{It’s going to be fun!}So make sure you follow along to find outwhat helps make our family run justa little bit smoother this time of year.



#5 on my list is our Chore Sticks!{Found this idea on Tip Junkie a few years ago.}It really works well for our family.We use this system during school.  {During the summer I usually change it up.}As soon as the kiddos get home from school, they grab their jar & get to work on their chores. {Their “chores” also include things like eating a snack, homework, reading along with the usual chores like cleaning your room, putting your clothes away, etc…}I like to have them complete all their chores before dinner. It makes evenings a lot less stressful, & we have more family time. Yeah!


These are super easy to make.  First I let each of my kiddos pick a color.Then we got jumbo popsicle sticks & painted just half of the stick.The boys chose orange & blue, and the girls picked pink & purple.Each child gets their own personalized jar, too.    

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Then on each stick I wrote their chores.The yellow sticks are for family chores{dusting, cleaning windows, bathrooms…}Those get rotated each week.Then we put the sticks in the right jars.  That easy!{Their names are the same color as their sticks, so that makes it even easier!}

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At first we put the sticks in writing side up &when they complete a chore they flip it the other way- color side up.So when all the colored ends are UP, they know they’re done!

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I bought a cute little basket at Hobby Lobbythat fits all the jars perfectly. Yeah!I put a smaller jar in the middle to hold extra sticks& a pen in case we need to make changes later.{or if the “clean the bathroom” stick mysteriously disappears…we can easily make another one! Yeah!}


So, how do you handle after school chores in YOUR family?Hope you have a fabulous weekend!



  1. This is a fabulous idea. Really good.

  2. Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

    I've seen similar ideas to this before but nothing I really liked. THIS is fabulous! I've been on the lookout for something that would work because trust me, we could sure use somethin' around these here parts.

    Pinning it RIGHT NOW!

  3. I love this idea! I've been thinking we need to make a chore list for my guys, but haven't done it yet - this looks easy & fun. I'm also sorry I missed your giveaway ad space but congrats on reaching 1000!!! Looking forward to your big celebration! Enjoy!

  4. How awesome.. I love it...I'm following ya officially from Mad In Crafts Monday blog hop. Lovely blog you have here.Can't wait to read more.. Hope you can stop by & visit me sometime / follow back.. TY So much.. Have a great week.Marilyn from

  5. I've been doing this for a couple of years and it has simplified my life tremendously!

  6. Great idea! I love it! Cute and fun. Thanks!! =)

  7. cute idea!! thanks for sharin!

  8. Can't wait until I can start assigning REAL chores to my son! We are still taking all day to clean his room...maybe he'll do better when he turns 4! : ) Thanks for sharing at Craft and Tell!

  9. That's a great idea - I might use a version of this in my classroom for the chores we have to do in there!

  10. I love these. What a creative way to handle the "chores". I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    Hope to see you there.
    carolyn | homework

  11. great idea! just pinned it. (for that day when i become a mom!)

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  12. What a great idea!

    I'd love to have you share this and any other of your amazing posts over at my linky party Create and Share. It posts every Wednesday. We open the party Tuesday evening at 8 pm for those who like to link up early. Hope you stop by...and follow too! ;-)

    Tara @Trendy Treehouse

  13. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I have a 2 and 4 year olds and I am trying to get them involved with house work. This might be the fun way to get it accomplished. Is there any type of reward or is it just turning the stick over?


  14. What a great idea!! I need one of these systems for my house. Maybe it would work with my boys... maybe! LOL!! I LOVE it!! Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our FFA party! Have a FABulous Friday!!


  15. I think these are so great! What a fun way to get the kids excited about chores. Kudos to you. :) Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share! I truly appreciate the support!

  16. I'm Nicole from Romanian Princess, I am your newest follower from a blog hop! Please follow me back! Thanks!

    XoXo Nicole Mariana

  17. This is a GREAT idea Ginger! Have to keep this in mind for my kiddos someday! We featured it on the FB page, FYI! :)

  18. Great idea! By using the sticks you don't have to keep nagging them about getting everything done! Thanks for linking up!!

  19. This is great and easy to implement. Thanks for sharing!

  20. That is a fantastic idea! Make a little game out of the chores! :)

  21. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  22. Brilliant! I used to be a teacher and I did something very similar. I used popsicle sticks in a jar with the kids' names on them to pick people to answer questions or to pick partners.

    Popsicle sticks have so many uses!

    Please feel free to link up your chore sticks to my Make Yourself Monday Blog Hop!

    For Love of Cupcakes

  23. what a great idea! I am going to have to use this!

    I would love it if you would come link up again at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  24. This reminders me of our job chart in my pre-k classroom. Great idea with little fuss!

    I pinned this to Home DIY ... Thankz!

  25. Wow, I completely love this family chore organization. Great idea, we will be doing this in our family. Thanks so much for sharing.

  26. thank you for this wonderful idea. We have a chore jar already but it has all the chores in it. I like the idea of each having their own and including snack, change clothes, etc.

  27. Best ijdea! Was about to pay $50 for a rewards board but for $6 I made this ! Thank you so much. It works straightaway!

  28. You could use the same idea for a "prayer jar" and write down people in your family that you pick from at night....or whenever and have your kids say a prayer about that person. They can also say prayers about people in need, who are sick, poor, etc. It will tech them to be caring and good hearted! This is a great idea! Love it! Thanks!

  29. Hey girlie!!
    I know you posted this almost a year ago...I LOVE this idea :)
    Thanks for sharing it!! I just posted on my blog ones we made with the girlies at church. Thanks again your such a rock star!!


    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

  30. I know its an old post but i was wondering whats on your sticks? I have a 7yr old and a 5yr old. No idea where to start with "chores". Any suggestions exactly. Thanks!

  31. Hi Cory!

    I just have things like put their clothes away, do their homework, clean the glass on the patio doors, straighten the front room, put their clothes away, water the plants, put their toys away...

  32. Thanks so much. Im just at a loss on what to have them start out with. I will start with the basics. :)

  33. I'm making a "bored jar" right now, thank you for sharing how you did this with chores!

  34. I just found this on Pinterest and just wanted to say, THANK YOU! I have 6 children and one on the way and have been trying to develop a way for them to help out around the house without always having to right it down. This is PERFECT! And they can't say, "Oh, I just walked past it and didn't see it". Now they know to grab their own jar as soon as they get home! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

  35. I'm not a all.... so this may be a very silly question, but how do you let the paint on the sticks dry without it dripping everywhere? Yours look so nice and clean!


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