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Job Jar

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 1 2001

In summer, the mere mention of chores can evoke reactions usually reserved for dentist appointments and haircuts. To make tasks less tedious for everyone, print them on strips of paper, color-coding to distinguish "grown-up jobs" from "kid jobs." On chore day, have everyone draw and complete a job.

Comments (5)

  • sewlovely 23 Aug, 2010

    Love this. I don't have any kids but find it great for myself as I'm an eternal list maker but this is much more fun :o)

  • othilabecky 21 Aug, 2010

    hi, we operate a veterans center, and this will go great with our program, our colors will reflect whether the job is gardening, housecleaning, or lawn maintence, chopping wood, etc, and of course fun chores, like cooking, crafting, painting, etc

  • memorysketch 21 Aug, 2010

    I like this idea too, but I think the color-coding should be kept to a minimum. I can just see saavy kids going for their least hated job, that just happens to be a shade of blue compared to their most hated job, that just happens to be yellow.

  • writeaway 21 Aug, 2010

    I made one of these when our children were young. If they hit one another or broke another house rule, they would have to draw a job from the jar. They were all "kid-friendly" chores; sweeping, dusting, etc. Helped me keep peace and keep the house clean in the summer, especially! Surprising how they got along better with the job jar looming!

  • amyk1971 21 Aug, 2010

    I love this and especially like the idea of "color-coding" the adult v kid jobs.