Kid’s Responsibility Board & Chore Chart System

I have been searching high and low for a good chore chart system for my kids for quite awhile.  While I have always tried to teach them to be responsible and independent, I felt it was time to move to a system of sorts…one that could begin to introduce the concept of money via saving, spending, and giving.  I wanted to have responsibilities for which the kids were expected to do without compensation, and ones for which they could earn a small amount of money for completing.  I have researched, asked on Facebook, and even considered making my own.  Just recently I came across a responsibility board setup from uncommongoods that I loved right from the start, and knew it was the one for us!  

Kids’ Responsibility Board & Chore Chart System

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These kids’ responsibility boards came from uncommongoods and were selected by us for review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are never swayed by compensation or free products.  

What I Love About This Responsibility Board & Chore Chart System

There are several things that drew me to this particular system:

1.  The look.  I really wanted something that would hang on the wall and actually look decent.  I love the sturdy, metal look of this pegboard system and know it’s one that will last.

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2.  The give it, spend it, save it bags.  I love that this system incorporates a banking style system for teaching kids to be responsible with money.

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3.  The responsibility magnet.  It’s totally customizable.  You pick what goes on it and when.  I also like that there’s space for deeds (things that MUST be done), as well as chores (things for which a commission can be earned).

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4.  The choose a chore pail.  Again, it’s totally customizable.  You pick what chores go in the pail.  I love the “thank you” that comes already written on each chore stick.

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5.  The saying.  “If I fish for you, you eat for a day.  If I teach you to fish, you eat for a lifetime.”  It is a long time favorite of mine and so the fact this system is built around this quote just makes it even more special to me! 

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Our Experience with the Responsibility Board & Chore Chart System

We set up the system last week and have been loving it so far.  My kids are pre-readers, so I have to read most of the tasks to them, but it’s been good for all of us to follow through with our responsibilities.  

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The commission earned is still a point of debate for my husband and me.  I set the ones listed in the pictures; he thinks the kids should earn at least $1 per day.  What do you think?  What’s a fair allowance/commission for young kids to earn for doing “extra” chores?

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More About uncommongoods

This was my first experience with uncommongoods and it was a great one.  Our shipment came fast.  True to the name uncommongoods, they really do have unique items in their online store.  I really enjoy browsing around on the site!  You can see what I mean by browsing in some categories that interest you, like baby gifts for 0-3 year olds here.

More About the Chore Chart System

I found this video to be very helpful in explaining the responsibility board:


 Stay tuned for more about our responsibility board and chore chart system.  After we use it for an extended period of time, I’ll be sure to post again about what’s working and what’s not.  

Do you have a chore chart system that works for you?

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • Sarah says:

    I think $1 a day for littles is a lot of money. I heard the general rule is $1 per how ever many years old they are. That is what we stick to. Just an idea.

  • Sarah says:

    I agree. I think $1 is too much for children plus it is going to get to be a lot for mom and dad!!! We do the $1 per age per week. So if you are 7 you get $7 per week. We also do the the three categories-save,spend,and save. Dave Ramsey has a great curriculum for kids to teach them these concepts!!! By the way, I love the chart. I have been working on something for our boys too!

  • michelle dunajcik says:

    we do no $$ for chores expected (family duties) as part of a family. however, $.25 per extra chores (chore sticks). they can do as many of those as they want in a week. we also do a subtraction (ours are much older) for duties not done. we only subtract a dime. sometimes I will make multipication fun too. say,
    “wow, at .25 if you decide to do 4 extra jobs this week how much can you make?”

    good luck.

  • Erin says:

    Looks like a great system! I think $1 a day is a lot too. I have a 4 1/2 year old who is just getting into doing chores. I will admit I’m not great at enforcing it. She has chores that she is expected to do and chores that are more to help me out and teach her a new skill. She earns money for sorting laundry and helping me put it in the washer and dryer. She only earns a quarter per load, sometimes 2 if it’s a big load. She also helped shovel snow this winter which earned her a few quarters. We started having her earn money because she kept asking for toys. Now she can chose to help me to earn money when the opportunity is presented to her. If she chooses not to help, she just has to wait longer to get enough money to buy what she wants. She just bought the toy she has been saving for and she is so proud of herself! Not a perfect system for us just yet, but it’s a start!

  • Jen says:

    We’ve been doing 1/2 their age each week, so the 8 year old gets $4 each week (I pay them every other week when I get paid so they actually get their age every other week). The “how much” really depends on how you intend for them to use it. They have certain “jobs” that they are expected to do – such as, the 11 year old unloads the dishwasher and the 8 year old feeds the cats daily. We haven’t started paying them for chores, we just expect them to help out as needed. So far, so good.

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  • Monique says:

    We have four, so we do age per $ also, but we do it per month. So our 12 year old gets $12 per month. It’s not much, their allowance is more to teach them about money than to pay them for their chores. We also have a system similar to the spend, give, save bags. Their “chores” are responsibilities of being a part of our family but we have been thinking of including extra chore that they could earn money for. I like you am not sure though how much to pay the kids for them. Or even what they should be since most of our kids are a little older and have some bigger “chores” around the house.
    I love the weekly magnet and the board though. 🙂

  • Dear Genny,
    My husband and I are the creators of this system and I want to thank you for your post. With our gratitude, I would love to send you two packs of our chore stick picture tags. These allow pre-readers or children with learning differences to have more ownership of their station because they aren’t having to ask a parent to read the chores for them. You can email me at and we can discuss shipping them to you. Many thanks!

    Jennifer + Greg Beck

  • Amanda says:

    Hello! I saw this via Pinterest in a search to help my almost 3 yr old son learn the value of responsibility.. However, while I am very interested in your system.. I am curious what age group this is best for! I appreciate your help in the matter!! Thank you!

  • Brittney says:

    Hello 🙂

    I was wondering where I can get some of the chore sticks?? Are they for purchase also what size board do you use for the chore board?? Thank you so very much. Any rule of thumb for someone with three children ages 11,8,9 on how much to pay them weekly for allowance?? Thank you for any help that you give.

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  • Suzanne Holt says:

    This is so creative. Thanks for sharing this system. Pinned.

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  • Vicki says:

    What are some of the chores that you put on your chore sticks?

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