Do you have trouble encouraging your kids to do their chores? Don't worry, we've got you covered. This blog post will discuss different 'chore games' that will appeal to kids of different ages. We'll also provide tips on making these games fun and engaging for your children. Read on for some helpful advice.
Why turning chores into a game is a great idea
Kids are often naturally competitive and love to play games. You can tap into this natural impulse by turning chores into a game. As an added bonus, games can teach your kids essential life skills such as cooperation, responsibility, and time management. This will add to the many benefits already offered by giving chores to your children.
Games also make tasks like chores more fun and enjoyable for children. As a result, they are more likely to be happy to complete them. Plus, chores can seem a lot less daunting when they are turned into a game.
Chores games for ages 6–7
You can find a list of age-appropriate chores for kids aged 6–7 years old here, and turn them into the following games:
Chore race — To set up the game, create a list of chores that need to be done. Then time your child as they complete each task on the list. The goal is to see how quickly they can finish all of the chores. You can make it more challenging by adding more items to the list or by setting a time limit. This game is excellent for teaching kids about time management and responsibility.
Treasure hunt — To set up this game, hide small toys or treats around the house. Then give your children the chore of tidying up the house. As they tidy up, they will find the hidden treasures. This game is great for teaching kids the importance of taking care of their belongings and keeping their living space clean.
Chore bingo — To set up this game, create a bingo card with different chores listed in each square. As your child completes each chore, they can mark it off on the card. This game is great for providing a sense of achievement at the end of the week. Also, if you have more than one child, sharing the tasks out teaches kids about cooperation and teamwork.
Chores games for ages 8–9
You can find a list of age-appropriate chores for kids aged 8–9 years old here, and turn them into the following games:
Choreopoly — This game is similar to the classic board game Monopoly, but with a chore-themed twist. To set up the game, create a board with different squares representing different chores. Players will then take turns completing the tasks on the squares. The first player to go around the board wins! If you have one child, play the game yourself and share out the chores between yourself and your child.
Chore charades — As with normal charades, you'll need to act out the chore without speaking. Whoever guesses the chore correctly will have to do the chore.
Memory game — Start by creating a list of chores. Then task your child with remembering the chores on the list in the right order, without them looking.
Chores games for ages 10–12
You can find a list of age-appropriate chores for kids aged 10–12 years old here, and turn them into the following games:
Chore relay — First of all, write a list of chores on pieces of paper. The first player will choose a piece of paper and complete the chore. Once they have completed the chore, they will pass the paper to the next player, who will have to do the next chore on the list. The goal is to get the list finished within a set time limit.
Chore roulette — To set up this game, write down different chores on pieces of paper. Put the pieces of paper into a jar, and have each child pick one out. Whatever chore your child picks, they will have to do. If you have one child, join in the game yourself.
Chore scavenger hunt — Start by creating a list of chores that need to be done and hide the items your child will need to complete them. Then have your kid search for items around the house that they will need to complete the chore. For example, if their chore is to vacuum the living room, they will need to find the vacuum cleaner.
Chores for teens
You can find a list of age-appropriate chores for teens here, and turn them into the following games:
Chore wars — Firstly, create a list of chores that need to be done during the week. Whoever completes the most chores by the end of the week wins!
Chores for a cause — Let your teen choose a charity of their choice. Then all they have to do is complete chores around the house to earn money for their chosen charity.
Chore Olympics — To begin with, create a list of chores that need to be done. Each chore will be worth a certain number of points. The teen with the most points at the end of the week wins.
How to reward kids and teens for doing chores
There are several ways that you can reward your kids and teens for doing chores. Here are a few ideas:
- Give them money/allowances — This is a great way to teach kids the value of hard work and money.
- Give them prizes — You can give your kids prizes for completing chores. For example, you can offer them a small toy or a piece of chocolate.
- Give them extra screen time — If you want to reward your kids with extra screen time, you can give them an hour of extra TV time or let them play on their devices for an additional hour.
- Give them a special treat — You can make their favourite food, take them out for ice cream or let them choose a movie to watch.
No matter what method you choose, consistency is important. Rewarding kids for doing chores one week and not the next will quickly see them lose motivation. Try to come up with a system that works for you and your family and stick to it.
How can GoHenry help with rewarding kids teens for doing chores?
GoHenry can help you reward your child for doing chores in a few different ways. You can choose to set paid tasks within the app for children to complete.. You can also set up regular pocket money payments, which you can then use to reward kids for doing chores on a regular basis. This is great to teach children the value of money and hard work, as well as helping them establish good money habits from a young age. Plus, there's no better way to keep your child motivated to complete chores.
Alongside this, GoHenry kids get access to a broad range of financial education tools. Children get access to in-app Money Missions, where they can watch videos and take quizzes to learn about money basics, investing, saving, compound interest, borrowing, giving, and more. You can set regular pocket money payments to your child, assign chores and more in your parent app - while kids earn, save, spend & give safely using their own app and prepaid debit card.
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