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Anyone else struggling with Back to School organization? Being in the car chauffeuring a few days a week is taking its toll on my sanity! When schedules pick up, so does the chaos in my house, so when Scotch challenged me to make something fun to get back in the groove with their fabulous Scotch Expressions decorative tapes, I jumped at the chance. Scotch has a bunch of tapes just in time for the back to school season, Scotch Expressions Tapes are available in over 100 colors and patterns and four varieties—Magic Tape, masking tape, washi tape and shipping tape.
One of the things we struggle with as parents is consistently requiring chores for our kids- even though we both believe it is a priority. I know you might think I am crazy, since both my kids are under 4- but now is the PERFECT time to get them into the routine of chores and getting them excited about organizing their own spaces.
To help make chores fun, I made these brightly colored chore charts with the help of Scotch tapes. The bright colors and fun patterns are interesting to the kids, and I made them in a way kids can pick their chore and display it proudly when complete each day.
So lets get making these fun Toddler Chore Charts!
First, you’ll need two wooden plaques (of any size- I used some I found in the wood crafts section of my local craft store).
Next, grab some Scotch Expressions tapes in fun colors! Scotch Expressions Tapes are available at office superstores and mess retailers nationwide, as well as online. Head here to find a store near you. It’s easy! Just type in your zip code. The Scotch Expressions Tapes line ranges in price from $2.50 (single pack)—$5.99 (triple pack)- so you can afford to grab a few different fun colors! (Office Depot is also currently selling five limited edition One Direction tapes in partnership with an anti-bullying campaign- they are super cute!!).
I started by wrapping each of the boards in one color/pattern of tape. I let my son pick out his background (a really fun and brightly colored pennant pattern) and I picked a green geometric design for my daughter’s.
Once the board was wrapped, I wrapped wooden popsicle sticks with coordinating tape colors.
I added some adhesive backed Velcro dots to the sticks and the boards, and wrote chores on each stick. That’s it!!
As your kids grow, you can add more to the sticks- or remove the tape and add completely new chores! I love that the decorative washi-style tapes stick well, but don’t damage your surface when you want to remove them. It makes it easy for projects like this that you may change seasonally!
To get your kids doing chores, place the sticks in a cup or bowl. If your kids can’t yet read, you can offer them some choices and let them pick what they want to do. When the chore is done, let your child place it on the board to display it! When they get all four (or however many you put up), you can give them a sticker, reward, or good old fashioned high five to thank them for completing their chores.
My son actually is really getting into doing chores for us! He thinks it is great to have responsibility- and anything big brother does, little sister wants to do, too. Pick chores that your child can accomplish, but also provide a little challenge! We also like to sing songs while we clean and cheer loudly when it’s done. Giving kids a sense of accomplishment not only makes the chores more enjoyable, but it gets them into organizing their things and helps them take pride in their work.
Some of the chores we’ve started with our little ones are laundry (they bring clothes to the washer and place them in, mommy puts in soap and they get to push the button to turn it on- or they help me transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer), make their beds, put away toys, and put away clothes. My son also loves to sweep the floor, and while he isn’t perfect, he loves to do it so I am encouraging him to do it for me once a day! He usually gets a good start on it for me so I can go through and grab the little things he misses. They are actually starting to be helpful with their chores and it takes one more thing off my plate!
What are your favorite ways to get kids doing chores, or excited about organizing? What are your best tips for ways that kids can get more involved in organization around the house? Be sure to search for #scotchBTS for other great back to school ideas from other amazing bloggers!
Now here’s your chance to show Scotch Expressions YOUR creative ideas- with their upcoming Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest! Here’s some more information if you’d like to show off your unique gift wrapping ideas featuring Scotch brand tapes!
• The 17th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest will take place Friday, December 6 at Celsius at Bryant Park in New York City.
• Submit a 3-minute video of your best gift wrap and gift wrapping tips before September 22 to be considered.
• Eight finalists will be chosen and flown to New York City for an all-expenses paid trip to compete for the $10,000 and the title of the 2013 Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper.
• The first 50 valid entries will automatically receive a prize pack of the new Scotch Expressions Tapes!
• Learn more about the contest at MostGiftedWrapper.com.
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