How to Create Your Own Chores & Rewards Board: 8 Steps
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With all of the busy business of growing and learning, it can be hard for kids to remember to feed the cat or empty the trash can. If you’ve heard the excuse, “Oops, I forgot” more times than you can count, perhaps a chores board will help your little munchkin remember her daily chores. And because you’re such a good parent, you can keep track of her rewards on the board too so she’ll stay motivated to keep up the hard work.


  1. 1
    Lay the large magnetic, dry-erase board flat. Measure around the outer edge of the board and cut a piece of ribbon to this length plus an extra inch. Spread some hot glue along the length of the ribbon and wrap it around the outer edge of the board. (You don’t have to fancy up the board if you don’t want to – it just adds a bit of extra flare to your board.).
  2. 2
    Draw a rough copy of the dividers on your board. Use the dry erase marker because you’ll be going over the top of this with tape in a minute. Use about 1/3 of the left side of the board to list the chores. Divide the remaining 2/3 into the days of the week. Leave a space at the bottom to write the reward and keep track of accomplishments.
  3. 3
    Divide the board along your lines with colored tape. You can use a single color for all of the lines, or brighten up your board with a different color for each line. If your tape is too wide, slice it down the middle to make each line half the width.
  4. 4
    Use your dry erase marker to write the chores down the left side of your board. You may not want to write the chores in regular marker in case you decide to change the chores later.
  5. 5
    Write the days of the week across the right side of the board with the dry erase marker. Write the word "Reward:" at the bottom of your chart so you can fill in the reward your hard little worker is striving for this week.
  6. 6
    Cut small pictures of your little munchkin’s favorite things from magazines.
  7. 7
    Glue the pictures onto pieces of card stock to make the pictures sturdy.
  8. 8
    Glue the pictures onto individual magnets. That's it! Now you can mark the board with a custom magnet each time your munchkin completes a chore.


  • You can make your own magnetic board from a piece of sanded plywood and some magnetic paint. This paint turns your surface into a magnetic one just like a dry erase board. Create a wooden trim to surround the outer edge of the board and voila – a completely handmade magnetic board.If you don’t want to use pictures for your custom magnets, consider using imitation gemstones for each one of the magnets instead.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Magnetic dry-erase board1-inch wide ribbon
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Dry erase marker
  • Colored tape
  • Magazine pictures
  • Card stock
  • Plain magnets (from the craft store)
  • The Chores & Reward Board.

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