How to Create a Fun Chore Wheel for Toddlers

toddler washing windows

In some families, kids are expected to help out with household duties. In others, parents assign chores then offer rewards, like allowance or privileges, to help their children understand the concept of earning. Whatever your stance is, chore wheels are a great way to introduce toddlers to the concept of having responsibilities around the home. Here’s how you can make a fun wheel to get your kids started on chores:

Find age-appropriate chores

A lot of people don’t introduce chores until kids are a little older, but there are actually a number of small tasks 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds can do around the house. Here are just a few:

  • Putting toys and books away.
  • Making their bed (with your help).
  • Wiping off countertops, tables and other surfaces.
  • Picking up dirty clothes (after a bath or at the end of the day).

Remember that certain chores may be a good fit for your children, while others just won’t. Get creative, and find specific tasks around your house you think they can manage. As your children get older, you can start giving them responsibilities that are a little more involved.

twin sisters doing chores around the house with mom
Give your children age-appropriate responsibilities.

Create your wheel

Once you have a couple of chores in mind, it’s time to get started on your wheel! There are a couple of ways you can go about this.

For something simple and effective, use card stock or construction paper to cut out two or three circles in varying sizes and different colors. Then, lay them on top of one another, largest at the bottom, and draw straight lines out from the center of the circle so that each layer is divided into three or four sections. Write your kids’ names in the sections in the center circle – if you want to include mom and/or dad on the wheel, do that too. Then, fill the sections in the outer circle(s) with different chores. That way, when you turn the different parts of the wheel, everyone’s names will line up with different chores. You can turn the wheel one section to the right each day (or week) to change up who’s assigned which task.

If you’d rather create a wheel that turns in a more exciting way, use a Lazy Susan. Decorate the wheel with paint or other craft supplies, then divide it into six sections. In each section, either write a chore, or attach a picture that represents the task – a broom for sweeping the kitchen, a plate for setting the table, etc. Hang the wheel on a wall where your kids will be able to reach it, and attach an arrow on the wall next to it. That way, whenever your kids spin the wheel, whatever section the arrow is pointing to will decide what task they’re responsible for.

Start small

When you first introduce the idea of “chores” into your household, it’s a good idea to start with just one or two basic tasks. You can add more as you go, helping your children understand the best way to do each one. That way, nobody is overwhelmed with what they’re being asked to do.

If you want to assign a reward system for your chore wheel, go for it! Either way, the tool makes for a good visual representation of your expectations.