I have one child, but you’d never know it by looking at our house! Between the toy box in the living room spilling over, the play kitchen in the dining room running amok, and the toy bins, book shelf, and train table turned pirate & castle table in his room spewing copious amounts of “stuff” you’d think I was running a day care! I’ve gotten so tired of seeing my sons toys strewn about that I decided enough is enough. My dear cousin-in-law Susanna shared this picture on her Facebook a few months ago and I though it was a great idea:
(How adorable are the reactions of her three cute kids?!?!)
But when I looked online and found the instructions and printable…well, my inner high school poetry teacher cringed at the near rhymes, and of course I needed to retro it up a bit. So I created my own poem and sign and renamed it the Oopsie Box! Of course the printable I created below is FREE for your personal use.
What You’ll Need:
- Bin or Box to hold items
- Free Printable Oopsie Box Sign (Below)
- Small Envelope or Piece of Paper to tape on box (to hold chores)
- Popsicle Sticks or Strips of Paper with Chores on Them
All that’s left is to grab some popsicle sticks or strips of paper and write some age appropriate chores on them. I’ll leave that to you although mine includes things like pulling 10 weeds (I hate weeding), gathering up all of the laundry from the hampers, feeding the dogs, spot cleaning the kitchen floor, sweeping the porch, and choosing two toys to donate. For my five-year old these are pretty heavy tasks, but as his “skill level” improves he will find fresh new ways to earn back his toys…*insert villain laugh here*
*Once the kid/kids start cleaning up after themselves please resist the urge to sneak in their room and mess things up just to get chores done around the house, tempting as it may be.
*Also works well with roommates, depending on what your definition of “works well” is.