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Easy chore chart, Teach kids responsibility

This summer has been crazy busy! In the middle of all the hustle and bustle I have been trying to get the kids to help more around the house.  They are home all day, and make the mess, so why should the adults be responsible for cleaning it all up? *Disclaimer, my kids are 7, 9 and 12 so I realize that with younger kids this may not work. I also realize that all families are different, but this is what works for us! They have always had chores, but those were just usually kept in my head, which lets face it, sometimes I forget.  I decided since they were out of school it was time to add some chores and increase the difficulty or frequency of some others. My mom used to have a chore chart similar to this, but there were 8 of us on it,yikes! After searching for a chore chart I loved, I decided to go old school and use the method I grew up with. It has been working like a charm.

You will need:

card stock or construction paper (I used 4 sheets)

brads

scissors

fine tip sharpie markers or pens

*Not required but sure helpful, a circle template cutter. This is the one I use and I love it!

There wasn’t a circle size large enough for how big I wanted the biggest circle so I traced a bowl and cut that one by hand with scissors. The others were various sized circles that I cut with the circle cutter.  After the circles are cut, use a brad to hold them together in the middle. Now you can turn the circles to change what they are doing each week.

I wanted a circle for their name, and different tiers for different chores. The first one is the kitchen chores, that need to be done daily, sometimes (but not often) more. The second one are things that may need done more than once a week, but not daily. And the outer circle are chores that need done weekly (although, the take out the trash also requires the person to take out the inside trash bag when it gets full in addition to taking out all the garbage the night before garbage day). In addition to the chart, they are responsible for folding their laundry when it comes out of the dryer and cleaning their rooms.

So far it has worked well! They know they don’t get to do certain things until the chores are done. It is hard for me to let the dishes sit sometimes longer than I would like, but I think it is important to teach them not only to do the chores, but to be responsible to take the initiative to do them without being nagged.  I do remind them a few times, but beyond that they just don’t get video games, devices, etc until it is done. So if they want to waste time, that is up to them. The whole agency thing is a hard lesson to learn and to teach some days!

So, tell me, do you use a chore chart? Does it work in your house? How do you add responsibility when the kids are home for the summer? Does anything change, or are they pretty much the same all year round? Let us know in the comments! I love hearing how other families do things and implementing them in my life as well.

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My kids have been getting so bored some days! All they want to do is play video games or watch tv. I get tired of having to say no all the time. This project took up a little time and entertained them. But it also got them using their hands and creating something new.

You will need

Cookie cutters

1 1/2 cups Bird seed
(I got mine at Winco for really cheap in the bulk department)

2 packages unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup water

large bowl

spoon

whisk

saucepan

straw, skewer or lollipop stick

Yarn or string to hang

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Begin by bringing your water to a boil and follow directions for adding the gelatin. Once it is done poor it into your already measured bird seed that is in the large bowl. This is where I let my kids stir it together and make sure it is well mixed.

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Once it is all mixed, have your wax paper ready with cookie cutters lined up on it. Make sure they are medium to large cookie cutters. We used a small one (the music note) that didn’t work and fell apart.

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Once they are lined up, have the kids scoop bird seed into the cookie cutters. Use the spoons to pack it down to prevent them from falling apart. While still wet use your straw or stick to poke holes where the bird feeder will hang. This didn’t work well for me, I ended up having to use a skewer to poke the same hole again when they were set. Just be sure to do it gently to make sure that you don’t crumble the bird feeder.

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Let them set for several hours. I did mine overnight before removing from the cookie cutters.  This is where I ended up having to poke the holes all the way through because the seeds had fallen back into the hole. Cut some yarn, twine, whatever you have handy and tie it off.

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Now hang it from your tree and get ready for the birds to come feast!

Not only was this a great boredom buster, but if you have a cub scout, it can actually help them towards their awards. So get some bird seed and get busy!

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Super Hero Advengers Theme Birthday Party, Hulk Pudding Cups, super hero dessert ideas, easy kids party ideasAvengers Superhero Party Ideas ~ Hulk Pudding Cups

My 5 year old son LOVES the Avengers, he runs around the house  yelling HULK SMASH and jumping on pillows and ready to save the world.  He thought these Hulk Pudding Cups were so fun, they were super easy to make too!

Supplies needed:
• Vanilla Pudding
• Package of Oreos, crushed
• Green Food Coloring
• Clear Plastic Cups (I found mine at Dollar Tree)
• Black Vinyl and Silhouette Machine or Permanent Marker (if you choose to draw the face by hand)

2nd OPTION

  • Black sharpie marker and printed image

The below directions are how to make these cups with vinyl…. BUT if you do NOT have a silhouette them you can still make this project. All you will need is a black sharpie marker. Just print the image out, place inside the plastic up as a template.  Next on the outside of the cup, trace the image with a black sharpie, allow to dry then you can fill with the pudding.

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1. Start by downloading the Hulk Face on to your silhouette (has been provided for you) and upload it into your silhouette studio software.
2. Trace your image. I traced only the face and not the words below it.
3. Resize your image to fit the cup you have chosen. If you are using the cups from Dollar Tree you will want to resize your image to be 2.500 in x 2.340 in or smaller.
4. Weed out your image and apply your transfer tape. Apply pressure until the image is transferred onto your transfer tape.
5. Aline the image on your cup and firmly press down until the vinyl adheres to the plastic cup. Tip: Do not place your image against the plastic until you are sure it is straight, otherwise the
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6. Make your pudding according to the directions on the package. Set aside and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
7. Once pudding has set, add 8-9 drops of green food coloring to the pudding mixture. Stir well. If your color is too green, you can add a few drops of yellow food coloring to lighten it back up a bit.
8. Fill a baggie with about 6 Oreos and zip it shut.
9. Use a rolling pin or wine bottle to crush the Oreos into smaller pieces. This will serve as Hulk’s hair.
10. Fill your cups with the green food coloring until it is full to the top.
11. Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top of the cups.
12. Serve and Enjoy!

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Apple Cars, Have Fun With Food

We all want our families to eat healthy, right?  But lets be honest, sometimes it gets boring, doesn’t it?

I thought this was a great way to get kids to eat their healthy snack.  It even worked on my 11 year old who thought they were cute enough to eat!

You will need:

An apple cut into slices

Grapes cut in half

toothpicks

Push the toothpicks through the bottom of the slice and place a half grape on the end.

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Easy as can be right?!  Who wouldn’t love eating this cute snack?  Get the kids involved and let them help make them.  What a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

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Matchbox Car Races, Thrifty Summer Fun

Looking for something fun and unusual to do with the kids today? We’ve got you covered with just the thing!  All you need is a squirt bottle and matchbox cars.  So easy and fun!

Line up your cars at the start line and have the kids race to see who can get their cars ahead by squirting them with water.  Doesn’t work very well unless you have the water bottle on the straight shot as it needs the force to get the car moving.

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It’s fun, entertaining and keeps the kids cool with the water involved.  What could be better than that on a hot, summer day?! This is also a fun idea for a family party or reunion, low cost and easy for big group to do.

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Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasWith the new Jurassic World Movie, there are going to be lots of kids wanting to have dinosaur themed parties.  This is a fun low cost craft idea, your kids can make their very own Amber Stone. You can add a magnet to the back too for a fun magnet to use in their locker at school.

All you need is:

white card stock

colored pencils

scissors

Mod Podge or school glue

glass stones

Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasTo make these start out by drawing an image on your cardstock. Make sure it is small enough to fit in the middle of the stone. If you are not an artist feel free to look up easy drawing instruction online to help get the basic shape of things like bugs or flowers . Use the colored pencils to add color to your picture. Use a light brown and golden yellow to color the empty space around the stone, this is what gives it the amber look.  Trace around your stone, cut out your image. Add a think layer of glue or mod podge to the top of the image and place the stone on top. Allow to try, try not to shift the image or it might smear. Easy as that you have you very own Jurassic inspired amber stone.If you are not able to see the video you can watch it here.

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