Chores on the Door

Help motivate your children to do their chores with this cute door hanger they can decorate.

While you help your children make this door hanger out of recycled cardboard, you can teach them about the types of chores children in poverty often do. Some examples: walking long distances to collect water because they have no running water at home, washing dishes using buckets of water and soap, hanging laundry to dry on a clothesline, or sweeping the floor with homemade brooms.

SUPPLIES

  • Recycled cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Art supplies such as acrylic paint, colorful paper, stickers and/or glitter glue
  • Clothespins
  • Fine-point marker

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut the cardboard into a rectangle about 4 inches by 9 inches.
  2. Create a nice background on the cardboard. You could have your child paint it with acrylic paint and let it dry, or glue on a piece of colorful paper cut to the same size as the cardboard.
  3. Cut out a circle in the hanger big enough to fit around your child’s bedroom doorknob.
  4. Let your child choose different art supplies to decorate the door hanger. Children should also include their names, the words “To Do” on the left side, and “Done” on the right side.
  5. With the fine-point marker, write one of your child’s chores on both sides of a clothespin. Repeat with as many chores as your child has.
  6. Attach the clothespins to the “To Do” side of the hanger. Slide the hanger over the bedroom doorknob.
  7. When your child completes a task, he or she can move the clothespin to the “done” side.

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