Give your kids control when it’s time to help around the house with this jobs jar.

You will need:

  • 1 large clean, empty jam or pickle jar
  • Clean paddlepop sticks
  • Glue
  • Textas and/or stickers
  • White paper

How to make it:

  1. Cut out a rectangle of paper wide enough and long enough to wrap around the jar.
  2. Write the name of the jar on the paper – you can have one jar for each child, with age-appropriate jobs, or just one for all of your children.
  3. Your child can help you decorate the label with coloured textas or stickers.
  4. Glue the label onto the jar and set aside to dry.
  5. Write the names of the jobs you would like your children to help with, perhaps ‘picking up toys’, ‘tidying room’, ‘putting dirty clothes in the laundry hamper’, ‘vacuuming’, ‘dusting’, emptying dishwasher,’ etc., using one paddlepop stick for each job. Write on one end of the stick so that each job cannot be seen when it is in the jar.
  6. If you want to link your child’s pocket money to the jobs they do, then you can colour code the sticks and they can help decide how much pocket money they earn – say 50 cents for picking up their clothes and making their beds, to $2 for helping to wash the car – with different coloured sticks representing different amounts. You can also assign them a minimum number of jobs they are required to do each week.
  7. Place the jar in a visible position, and then when it is chore time, get your kids to pick out one or more jobs to do.