Chore Cans

July 16, 2013
Chore Cans
 
We sure love these little chore cans.  At our house they’re actually called Responsibility Cans.  🙂  One of my cute friends has her kids do “responsibilities” every day instead of chores.  I LOVE that since the kids are responsible for various things around the house because we all make a mess, and so we all get to clean it up.  I have various responsibilities (that are mostly related to keeping 6 other people alive and healthy and clean), and we make sure the kids are learning that they need to pull their weight too.
 
Supplies:
-Mod Podge
-Paint Brush
-Clean Can (we just put a soup can in the dishwasher)
-Scrapbook paper 10 inches long x 4.2 inches wide
-Stickers
-Marker
 
Chore Cans
 
Step 1: I started by writing all the kids names on their paper.  My kids aren’t lucky enough to get to pick their colors.    I talked about how I organize everything for my kids by color in this post.  Anyways, I just wrote their names using a Sharpie marker.  Then I just piled stickers all over the table and told them they could do it anywhere, except on their name.  Loved this, they turned out so differently from one another, but adorable.
Chore Cans
 
Step 2: Once you’ve got it decorated how you (they) want, grab your brush and put some mod podge on the back of it.  Lather it on there so you can see it, but not too much either.
Chore Cans
 
Step 3: Then wrap the paper around your can.  It should fit perfectly between the two “lips” of the can.  Make sure to double check this before you put the Mod Podge on it.  Just go slowly, and carefully and it should work just great.
Chore Cans
 
Step 4:  Next, grab your Mod Podge again and seal the end.  I put some on the back side, and then I brushed it over the top to make sure it was good and sealed.
Chore Cans
 
I totally forgot to write “Family” on this can before I put it on the can. So if you forget, you can just do it after and it just adhd turns out a little bumy-ish, but okay, lol.
Chore Cans
 
Step 5:  Next all you need to do it Mod Podge the entire can.  Make sure to get all the edge really well so they don’t come off.  If you have stickers (like my kids cans do), then be careful those don’t peel off as you’re doing this step.  I had to be really careful.  Make sure to get them really well though, so they’ll stay on.
Chore Cans
 
Step 6:  While it dries, you can make these cute sticks.  I just got large craft sticks, painted half of them.  Once they were dry I added the things they needed to do every day.  Homework isn’t applicable to all my kids during the summer, but I try to do certain things for the older kids to keep their brains working.
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Once the cans and the sticks are all dry, you can put the sticks in the can and start using it!  Once a responsibility is done, they get to put the color side up.  That way they can see what they still need to get done a little more easily.
Chore Cans
 
For our Family Can, I have all the various things that need to get done around the house.  We divide these up on Saturday morning.  While eating breakfast the kids close their eyes and pick one, and we pass it around until all have been picked.  The younger kids don’t get as many as the older kids.  I’m sure we’ll add to this as they get older.  We do rotate the No Chore.  However, whoever gets No Chore, also get the bigger bathroom to clean, lol.  It works pretty well, and as much as we have to help the kids out with certain things, they are learning to clean the house the way it needs to be done.
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