Free Printable Chore Chart for Preschoolers

For the longest time we would be in a store and my daughter never asked me to buy her anything. Then she turned 4.

Now it is a constant question and before I can even say “no” she’ll say “I know what you are going to say, no.” Smart girl!

The thing is, we don’t need any more crap in our house AND it is important that she knows the difference between want and need.  My dad’s famous line when I would say I wanted something would be, “ok, you can want that.”

But the other underlying lesson is that you can get what you want if you work for it, and then you may realize that you don’t really want it because you had to work for it. So I’ve started my girl off early and given her the opportunity to earn some of the things she asks for.

At first, I had this scribbled on a sheet of paper, but realized that she needed to be able to read it so I made this printable chore chart for preschoolers with pictures so that they can read it.

printable chore chart for preschoolers

She gets a kick out of completing a chore and marking it off each day and it has cut down on the back and forth that tends to happen around here in the morning (bonus!)

I kept this really simple. Pretty much came up with a short list of things she is already expected to do so that her first experience with a chore chart and an allowance is successful. All of the tasks, with the exception of the last one are things she does everyday and in order to mark it off, she has to complete it without arguing (another beautiful feature of a 4 and a half year old.)

chore chart for pre-readers

You can download your printable chore chart with pictures {right here} and print it out on a regular sheet of paper. (I kept it black and white for simple printing…you’re welcome 🙂 )

printable chore chart with pictures

She is currently saving up for a silly rainbow stuffed Penguin at Sea World that costs and inflated $24. Not exactly what I would chose, but hey, she probably wouldn’t swoon over a throw pillow from Target either. Haha.

Do your kids do chores? How old were they when they started?

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

14 thoughts on “Free Printable Chore Chart for Preschoolers

  1. Carolyn says:

    I love this simple chart! Can’t wait to implement it with my 3-year-old!

  2. I just linked your post on my blog. I love this chart. Some people get too complicated with too many tasks and yours I perfect or us. Thank you!

  3. Kelly says:

    This is great! We wanted to do a chore chart for our daughter, who turns 4 in a couple weeks, but we were struggling to find a good one because she can’t yet read. If you don’t mind me asking, how much do you give for an allowance. We haven’t quite landed on a good number yet – something that provides enough incentive without breaking our bank!

    1. Hey Kelly. We started with 2 dollars per week. It was enough for her to pick something from the dollar bin or get a little treat. She just turned 5 and now we are doing 3 dollars a week and she is saving up for things that she wants, which is really cool. It takes her about 1 month to be able to get something good. I think when they are little making a point to go get something with the 2 dollars each week is great cause there is a reward more often. I had my daughter physically hand the cash to the cashier so she would get the value of a dollar. Something I, as an adult have lost touch with on occasion since I swipe my card for most everything. Let me know how it works out!

  4. Love it, Corey! I just shared my chore chart for tweens and shared your chore chart with my readers!

  5. […] own laundry away! Since they have been asking for an allowance, I thought I could come up with a free printable chore chart to help them earn some […]

  6. Great chart Corey! Seriously, I don’t know what it is about turning 4, but my daughter turned in to an “I want-er” lately too. My normal response is “If you can not talk for a full 5 minutes, I’ll get you one” because we all know she can’t make it more than 30 seconds. 😉 I think this would be great for my son though. He’s only 2 1/2 but someone recently taught him how to whine “I can’t” about everything, so we’re really big on “You can do it by yourself.” right now. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great idea! I’m passing this on to family and friends with preschoolers! Thanks.

  8. Love this. I always debate starting something like this for my kids…. I think 4 seems like a good year to start it though. Mine are 2 and 3 so we aren’t quite there yet. I’ll be pinning for future use!

  9. Laura S says:

    What a great idea. My son is grown & on his own now but I wish I’d had this chart when he was little. Keep up the good work, I’m going to forward this to a couple of friends who have young grandchildren.

    Blessings, Laura

  10. This is such a great chart and age appropriate! I’ve printed it and am starting now with my boys! I’ve pinned this too!

    1. Awesome Shana! Let me know how it goes!

  11. Thanks so much for the printable! I’ve looked at so many chore charts but my grandson doesn’t read yet. Using pictures never occurred to me.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

    1. The pictures have been key! I’m excited for you to try it. Definitely let me know how it goes!

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