Summer offers many unique opportunities to do fun activities with your child. You could simply load the kids up each day and go about your summer activities. If you have the time and energy you could also challenge your child to learn how rewarding hard work & discipline can be. That’s why I created these free printable summer reward chart for kids. When used correctly, your child does chores, projects or educational activities to earn rewards and the chance to do fun stuff this summer. Here are 7 action steps to get this project started.
Step 1- Print your free printable summer reward chart for kids here (you can also click the picture below). There are 2 pages to the printable. Page 1 you see below for marking off the tasks as they complete them and Page 2 is where you write down what rewards they can earn and what they need to earn them.
Step 2- Sit down with your child and make a list of specific items or activities they would like as rewards.
Step 3- Budgeting- After you’ve gone over the list with your child, figure out which items you can realistically afford, pull out your personal budget & add a “reward” line item. Establish enough money in that line item to cover the expense. (Need a Budget? Check out my post Budgeting 101:How to Start Bossing Your Money Around)
Step 4- Add the rewards you’ve decided will work for your time and budget onto your free printable summer reward chart for kids. Her e are some ideas to get the ball rolling.
- A book they’ve been wanting.
- Water Parks
- Aquatic Centers
- Indoor Play Centers
- Lego Store
- New Toy
- Lunch at favorite restaurant
- New Craft Kit
Step 5- Hang the 2 charts on the fridge.
Step 6- Markers- Here are several ideas for how your child can mark their chart when they complete a task.
- Stickers from the dollar store.
- Slide the printed sheets in clear project covers and mark using a dry erase marker (then you only have to print them one time).
- Cute ink stamps
Step 7- Cheer-lead- Help your kid be successful by encouraging them to follow through on their chart and get things done.
Task or Project Ideas- Below are some ideas for various tasks you could assign your child this summer.
- Read a Book
- Complete a school subject practice book or activity (Math, Science, Reading)
- Complete a word search or puzzle game they enjoy (that’s also educational mmwwaahahaha)
- Design a cool new invention and write a story about it
- Memorization (math tables, science terms or scripture verses)
- Help clean up after dinner
- Wipe Down the Baseboards
- Wash the Windows
- Wash the Car
- Weed the flower or garden beds
- Pick up sticks around the yard
- Play educational games online/tablet or computer
Please feel free to share any chores or rewards that your kids have done during the summer months in the comments section below. I hope you find this free printable summer reward chart for kids just what you need to motivate your family this summer!
Kim Anderson is the organized chaos loving author behind the Thrifty Little Mom Blog. She helps other people who thrive in organized chaos to stress less, remember more and feel in control of their time, money, and home. Kim is the author of: Live, Save, Spend, Repeat: The Life You Want with the Money You Have. She’s been featured on Time.com, Money.com, Good Housekeeping, Women’s Day, and more!