Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Pick It Up" Sticks

This is like a cross between pick up sticks and drawing straws.  Write different chores on a popsicle stick and put those popsicle sticks in a cup.  Let the kids pick a stick.  That is the chore they do today (on top of any other chores they are regularly responsible for).  This works great if your kids  have a wide age range.  The laundry chore for a little one could be helping Mommy sort or matching socks, while a big kid gets to do the laundry.  The trash chore for little ones could be emptying the little trash cans around the house into the big one, while a bigger kid takes the trash out.  This puts a newer, more fun twist on "Take out the trash"  Try it.

What is that one chore you can't wait for your kids to get old enough to do, so you won't have to any longer? Tell us in a comment.


  1. Oooh, so excited about this. This is perfect for my kids. It is right up there alley. Maybe we can get chores done without a battle or crying (mostly me). Gonna try it this weekend.

  2. If I could get my kids to actually put up the laundry, that would be great! I don't mind doing it, but putting it up never really gets done.

  3. this is a super neat idea and a way to let Tank help! Thanks for this and for emailing me. :-) I will be writing you back soon. BTW, it is a yes just need to get my available dates set up, etc :-)

  4. Jessica and Kelli, I am so glad you are going to try this for yourself. Let me know how it works. Tonya, you need to be sure to check back on Saturday (everyday would be great, too) because I have something that sounds perfect for you!

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