02 June 2010

Kids' Responsibility Checklists

With school now out, and not wanting to be a nagging drill sergeant, the kids and I made these new responsibility checklists.  I was inspired by Cally's version.  She was cool enough to give me some helpful hints.

We started with small baking sheets I found at the thrift store for $1.00 each...score!  I let each kiddo help with spray painting the pans.  Even little boy got a turn.

Next, everyone helped to make the magnets.  We raided my button hoard and everyone got a turn at each station:
cutting up the magnet strip


removing the paper strip from the magnets


and hot gluing the magnets to the buttons.   Don't worry, it's a low temp gun. 

Our results thus far:

When the pans were dry and set, I printed out strips of paper with the responsibilities for my big kids, cut them out with some fun scrapbook scissors and decoupaged the paper to the pans.  I purposely put the chores in past tense, to stress that they are to place the button when the task is complete.

For my little ones, I drew pictures and colored them with colored pencils for fun.

The one bummer is that the ink bled a little bit as the paint dried.  I'm still new to decoupage...live and learn. 


I got this far, and realized I didn't know how I was going to hang them.  Enter the lovely E 6000 glue from the cake stand!  I used wire cutters to cut paper clips, and made hangers.  I marked each side down 2" from the top.  I hot glued a dot to hold the clip in place, and then used the E 6000 glue for a permanent hold.


When the glue was dry, I threaded through grosgrain ribbon to make the hanger.  I had wanted to do a cool peg hanger, but I settled for what I had on hand.

And, ta-da!
This week, we begin our new summer routine and use of these checklists.  My plan is to give a token per button.  When we fill the token jar, the kiddos earn a reward like a trip to the bowling alley or a picnic at the park.  Wish us luck!

Linking to:  Super Stinky Boys, Blue Cricket Design, Someday Crafts, Women Who Do It All, and Delicious Ambiguity,  Just a Girl, House of Hepworths,  Somewhat Simple, Night Owl Crafting and Simpsonized Crafts, and A Few of My Favorite Things.

Featured on Someday Crafts, Blue Cricket Design, and Picked Fresh Daily, and Donna Moderna.

My project was picked by Jen!
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35 happy thoughts:

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

what a great idea (and super cute!) Thanks for sharing and good luck!!! Let us know how it goes!!!
Bonnie

The Johnsons said...

Chris,
Just wanted to say thanks for all your sweet comments on my SYTYC projects.

And I love this checklist!! I need to get something together like this, or my kids may turn into little couch potatoes.

Thanks! Shilo

jess said...

awesome!!

Katie said...

That is an awesome idea!!

Ginger said...

Awesome! I have been meaning to do a magnetic activity board forever and have never finished it! Perhaps this will be my inspiration! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Ginger
SSB

Bananas and Damask Interiors said...

What a wonderful idea. How cute

RootsAndWingsCo said...

LOVE this! Great job. I love keeping the buttons on the side, too! Brilliant!
Rebecca@RootsAndWingsCo

Lesley said...

What a great idea! Especially with the magnetic buttons that store on the chart and using pictures for pre-schoolers. I can't wait to make one of these when our child is older. Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving the comment. Have a great summer creating with your kids-
mymommymakesit

Magic Brush said...

What a great idea! YOu should sell those... I would buy 3.... one for each of my kids!

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

that is such a fun idea! I need to do something like this! I love the green too! very fun. I am visiting from Srut your stuff Thursday. Come on over and say hi if you'd like.

Jill said...

Love this! I've been trying to find a way to use my old cookie sheets. I think my kiddos will totally be into this! Thanks :)
-Jill

Leslie said...

We were looking for something like this for our 4 year old! Now I just need to score a small pan like you did...

Caroline said...

This is just what I need. Thanks!

Becca said...

I love this idea! I'll be featuring it with links back to your post on Friday the 11th on Blue Cricket Design at 4 p.m.! Thanks!

Becca

Kristi said...

Super cute! Love the idea to use buttons for magnets. Where did you find that cute green spray paint? I've kept my eye out for a good green and blue to no avail.

Diana said...

They turned out awesome!! I've got my eyes open for pans of some sort to do my own.

AUDRA said...

SUCH a GREAT idea!!! LOVE IT!!!

Could you please, please link this up to my party over at simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com

here's the link:
http://simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com/2010/06/socialize-with-me-monday-till-sunday.html

3sisters365 said...

This is inspired...LOVE it! Thanks for sharing this idea and for the excellent instructions.

Best wishes,
Natasha, Stacey and Holly.

FoodMuster said...

What a cool idea! My name is courtney and I came across your blog via The Girl Creative blog and her new friend friday post. I will be following and checking our your crafty projects...if you don't mind!!!

Kelley said...

What a great idea! I need something like this to keep some routine in the summertime.

Leslie said...

What a fantastic idea! They turned out so cute! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Love this idea, especially how they you've personalized them for the different ages of your kids AND that they got to help make them. Thanks for linking up!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Great idea! I'm featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is great - truly great!

Kay said...

This is a fantastic idea! I really like the token idea. Thanks for sharing!

Stacy@{share and remember} said...

It looks really cute! I hope it's a successful plan for your kids.

Lil-Rosi said...

What a great idea! I love it!

Crystal said...

I love this idea and purchased my pans today! ($1 each at the Dollar Tree...hope they work ok) I know this is a silly question, but will the magnets still stick after the pans are spray painted? Also, where did you find the cool green paint? Thanks a bunch!!

Kristina + Justin said...

Great Idea!

Lisa at Paint in my Hair said...

Saw this on CSI...what a great idea!

mamaTAVE said...

I think this is a great idea. I have been using pieces of paper with stickers for my four-year-old, but it seems to have lost its luster... I may give this a try!

Bridgette@Picked Fresh Daily said...

Such a great idea! I shared your project with my readers...

http://www.pickedfreshdailyblog.com/2010/08/fresh-organization-kids-responsibility.html

Thanks for your creativity!

xo,
Bridgette
pickedfreshdailyblog.com

C.R.A.F.T. said...

great idea! I love that your kids were involved with the process! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Tancy said...

You are so creative! I love you ideas!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

What a super cute and practical idea! Congrats on being Jenn's Pick.

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