The issue I immediately ran into was that toddlers need a way to keep track of what chores to do, but they can’t READ a list.
(And I REALLY don’t like nagging … er …having to be their verbal reminder)
All the charts I found online had the chore list written out and then a picture next to each item, but I decided to simplify the chart down to the bare bones, and this has worked wonderfully.
I also tacked each of the charts on their favorite color of card stock, put the first letter of their names on the top (because they can recognize ‘their’ name letter), and stuck it in protective sleeves.
As soon as we finish breakfast each morning, I put the charts in a central location, and they check their charts.
They usually race each other to finish, and I recently started rewarding the winner of the race with a nickel.
On smooth mornings, we are dressed, with a clean house, and ready to start school half an hour after my husband leaves for work. (Not every morning is smooth, but even on rougher mornings the charts help the kids take responsibility, give us a stronger start and take pressure off.) I also made a chart for before supper. (The times I remember to use it, it works great, but we don’t usually get to it before my husband gets home.)
So these are the toddler chore charts that have worked for us.