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This is a tutorial on how to Create a Customized Chore Chart in Google Docs. Easily create a customized chore chart for each family member. In addition there are tips for optimizing your chore chart.
After reading 1 2 3 Magic, I realized the need for a chore chart for the kids. However, while there are tons of chore charts on Pinterest I wanted one that was curtailed to my kids and our family’s individual needs.
I created the kids’ chore chart in Google Docs because I use Google for everything. I decided to create a tutorial on how to create a customized chore chart in Google Docs in case anyone else wanted a simple, customized chore chart.
How to Create a Customized Chore Chart in Google Docs
- Firstly, open Google Docs and create a new document.
- Choose a font, font size, and color. Then title your document.
- Tip: Pick a fun font and a decent size around 24 or so.
- Click on Insert. Scroll to Table and highlight a table that is 2 columns by 4 rows and click it.
- Label the first column “Chores”.
- Next tab over to column two (stay on the first row).
- Click on Insert. Then scroll to Drawing and click on New.
- Click on the shapes icon and then select any shape you want. Draw a small sized shape. You can also change your fill color and outline color if desired.
- Click on the text box icon and draw the text box over your shape. Then center the text box on the shape.
- Select the font, font size, and color you want. Type the letter “S” and then click Save and Close.
- Click on the shape. Right click and select Copy. Click next to the shape and right click and select Paste. Then repeat 5 times.
- After that, adjust your column widths to fit the shapes on one line. Use your cursor to drag the edges of your columns.
- Click on your second shape. Select edit and change your letter to “M”. You can also change your fill color and outline color if desired.
- Repeat with the next shapes. Changing them to “T”, “W”, “T”, and “F”. You can also change your fill color and outline color if desired.
- Tab to Row 2 and fill in with a chore (and points if you use them).
- Fill in remaining Rows with chores. Then use Tab to create additional rows if needed.
- Click on Row 2, Column 2.
- Click on Insert. Scroll to Drawing and click on New.
- Click on the shapes icon. Select any shape you want. Draw a small sized shape. You can also change your fill color and outline color if desired. Click Save and Close.
- Click on the shape. Right click and select Copy. Click next to the shape and right click and select Paste. Repeat 5 times.
- Highlight the 7 shapes. Right click and select Copy. Click on the next Row. Right click and select Paste. Then repeat with remaining rows of chores.
- Tip: Leave the days the chores are required open (blank, no color) and fill in the days the chores are not required.
- Finally, if needed adjust font sizes, column widths, and row heights to fit chart on one page.
- If you want to track points, you can also add a tracker in the Footer.
- Print the chore chart out and put it into a sheet protector. Use a dry erase marker to track completed/missed chores.
- Hang chore charts in an easy to see spot so everyone can see it. For example, we hang our charts in the dining room.
- You can easily create multiple chore charts for each child after you finish the first one. Most importantly, each chart will be customized for an individual child. By clicking on File. Scroll to Make a Copy and click on it. Then edit the new chore chart to suit your needs.
- Label each file with the child’s name.
- Also you can create a chore chart for each family member to make tracking the cleaning of the home easy.
- Keep each chore chart in a labeled folder in your Google Drive. So that way you can easily change and update required chores.
Have a great day!
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