My cute Hubby actually came up with the idea for our "Map Quest" chore chart. His dad did something similar for him & his siblings when they were young. We've tried other types of chore systems with no success. We've been doing this new system for a while now & it's still working. Plus, the kids love it & are constantly looking for ways to earn extra points. And bonus for
us them, they're learning about the cities & towns in their own state.
What it's about:
The goal is for the kids to make it around Utah by doing their chores & good behavior. They can lose "miles" by doing bad behavior. They earn prizes by hitting specific "mile markers".
*All chores need to be done by 8pm & bedtime routine needs to be done by 8:15 pm, then we can read a book & figure out map by 8:35pm.
*good behavior points are earned for things that are done without being asked, ie: doing something extra nice, helping out without being asked, etc.....
*bad behavior points are for fighting of any kind, back talking, not listening, saying mean things or bad words, etc....
*extra box is for extra chores that we may give for any reason & is worth extra points of our choice, depending on chore & how well it's done.
how to play:
the kids earn "miles" or points by doing various jobs & good behavior. They can also lose "miles" or points by having bad behavior. We keep track on a normal chore chart & points are added up at the end of the day & converted into miles, we then move them on the map according to the points/miles they earned less any bad points they got. We then move them on the map each night after their bedtime routine is done.
(I have a list of chores listed by numbers, they roll a dice or two &
get the chore that matches the number on the dice),
(extra chores we may need done),
(on-time to school, church, or anywhere we need to be by a specific time),
good behavior plus pts,
& bad behavior neg. pts.
When they get to a blue, red, or star dot on the map they earn prizes.
Blue dot prizes are simple $1-$5 toys or such.
Red dot prizes can be either a more expensive toy or a movie with mom or dad, dinner to their favorite place, etc.
star dot prizes are the biggest prizes like a trip to Lagoon or Boondocks, etc.
*there are about 16 blue dots, 3 red dots, & 2 star dots. The star dots mark half way & then the finish line.
*We can move as fast or slow on the chart as we want. We've set a max of 20 miles a day. We want them to see progress but not so fast that we finish it in a month. LOL!
Do your kids have chores? Chore system? What works for your family?
I'd love to hear about it! Thanks for stopping by!