Parents are always trying to come up with new ways to teach their children everyday tasks. With Chore Cards, you can establish a visual system that will help “to teach our little ones how to become independent by establishing good daily habits and motivating them through rewards.”
The app allows you to create a profile for each of your children, complete with a photograph from your device’s library, and individually assign them tasks that they are expected to complete each day. When you first load the app, a summary page displays each child’s photograph along with their total number of points earned by completing tasks, broken down by day and running total.
If you choose, points earned can be “spent” on rewards that you identify and store within the app.
The developers have narrowed down the list of tasks that they feel are important for children to learn in order to become independent and responsible, including: brush teeth, floss teeth, brush hair, make bed, take vitamin, make my lunch, exercise, do homework, read 15 minutes, pick up toys, set table, clear table, do dishes, put shoes away, take bath, set out clothes, get ready for bed, feed pet, do laundry, put clothes away, unload dishwasher, sweep floor, clean bathroom, take trash out and scoop poop. You can customize the list of assigned tasks for each child you add to the app, so younger children can work on fewer and more simple tasks while older children can be assigned the more complex items.
Chore Cards is a very easy app to learn and use, and could become a very helpful parenting companion.
What I liked: I think it is fantastic that you can create your own rewards, assign them a point value (so your children can work toward a goal) but also that you can add a picture. This means you can customize it in any way that suits your family –whether that means taking a quick photo of a much-desired new toy that your child can earn or maybe it means getting to partake in a particular activity that you can preview in some way with a snapshot. This visual reminder of what they are working toward can be very motivational for anybody, let alone a child who has difficulty focusing on longer term goals.
What I didn’t like: I really wish that you could add your own tasks to this app. Being able to customize this to the specific things that you would like your children to learn would raise this app up from good to truly great.
To buy or not to buy: If you’d like a hand teaching your children some responsibility, this app may be a good companion to that effort.
- App Name: Chore Cards
- Version Reviewed: 1.1
- Category: Education
- Developer: AppDads.com
- Price: $0.99