The Chore Board Game

by Jennifer


When I showed The Chore Board: A Helping-Around-the-House Game to my 10 1/2 year old daughter Amanda, she immediately began unpacking the pieces and looking at the instructions.

“What are some chores I can do, Mom?” she asked. I reminded her about the chores that are on her regular list: cleaning her bathroom each week, unloading the dishwasher as needed, keeping her room straight.

She didn’t look excited, but reluctantly added them to white board list that was part of the game board. “Are there others I can do?” I added on some things that I’m always asking her to do, such as put her clothes away (instead of leaving them on the chair in her room where I pile them) and take out the garbage.

“What about Kyle?” she asked, moving on to the next section of the board. I reminded her that he feeds the dog, does the silverware from the dishwasher, sets the table, and makes his bed.

The game is magnetic, and it has stayed put on the front of our fridge for several weeks now.

Why does this work? Well, the game suggests that a mutually agreed upon incentive is offered when the child reaches the end after moving one square per chore (There are also fun squares throughout the track, such as “Do two chores in an hour and move forward two squares,” and “Trivia Question.”).

It’s taken the nagging out of helping around the house, because the kids can see their reward approaching. It’s also brought out some competition. If Amanda sees Kyle’s piece moving forward quickly, she wants to be sure that she has the opportunity to do some chores as well. I am always ready with a suggestion or two to help her out.

Summer is a great time to start new habits. See if The Chore Board Game might cause your children to be a little more willing to help out around the house.

Jennifer Donovan blogs at Snapshot about life in Connecticut with her family. They all would much rather be reading a book than doing chores.

Chronicle Books has donated two games. If you’d like to win one, please leave a comment here (U.S. and Canadian shipping addresses are eligible).

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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1 Stacy June 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I would LOVE this game!!!

2 Marla Taviano June 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm

This is what’s missing in my life–The Chore Board Game!

3 Maria Delgado June 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I think that this sounds very interesting and am very excited about the possibility of winning! Thanks!

4 Kiley June 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

This would be a neat game to play with my little girl!

5 CINDY June 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

we could definitely use this-it looks like fun too!

6 corinne June 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm

This looks great! Thanks!

7 Danetta June 4, 2009 at 10:53 pm

This looks awesome! I always have a hard time getting my little guy to do his chores and help out without a whine, moan or complain.

8 Jenn June 4, 2009 at 11:13 pm

What a fun “game!” Would love to win this game.

9 Laureen June 4, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I could see how this game would work to motivate my three girls to help around the house. They have loved the few times that my husband has pretended to be an announcer of a race, commenting on each one’s status as they get ready for bed. Thanks!

10 Janet Carpenter June 5, 2009 at 2:36 am

We tried using a Helping Chart with my three year old. I’m not crazy about the word “chore” because it has negative connotations for me, when something is a chore, it means unpleasant task to me.

My daughter responded very well to the visual reward and competitiveness.

This sounds like an excellent idea and once I get past the name, I think it would help in our house. Because Maya is an only child, Mommy and Daddy would play and we need incentive too :)

11 Carey June 5, 2009 at 7:33 am

This looks like a great game and a great motivator.

12 Amy June 5, 2009 at 9:11 am

This game sounds great!

13 Linda June 5, 2009 at 9:43 am

A fun way to get your kids to help around the house. Include me in the drawing.

14 LuAnn June 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

My son loves to beat his sister at anything. Maybe this would motivate him better than my nagging to get his chores done. I would love to win this.

15 pamr June 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

If it helps my kids do their chores, I’m all for trying!

16 Kim June 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

enter me pls!

17 Kim June 5, 2009 at 11:55 am


18 Kim June 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

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19 Angela C. June 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I would love to win this game. Thanks for the giveaway.

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20 Christy Hickman June 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm

This has got to be one of the cutest games I have seen. I would LOVE this to play with our 3 children. What a great idea for a game. Thanks for the great giveaway!

21 Jennifer June 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm

OOOH, who can’t use help with Chores? LOL! Please enter me!

22 Carlene June 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm

What a great idea. Please include me in your giveaway.

23 susan varney June 5, 2009 at 7:31 pm

who would like to take turns with this one.

24 shannon Baas June 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm

What a cool idea.

25 DanielleC June 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I would love to get this game for me and my fiance. We are about to get married and start a family and this would be perfect for us living together as well after we are married

26 CINDY June 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm


27 Lisa M June 5, 2009 at 10:33 pm

The Chore Board game sounds AWESOME!! This would be a great game for my two daughters who insist on NOT helping me with chores. They won’t even clean their room.

28 Jenn S. June 5, 2009 at 11:58 pm

How cool! My kids would love this game and hopefully be more excited to help out around the house.

29 clemens June 6, 2009 at 12:16 am

i appreciate them donating the games

30 Jaclyn Reynolds June 6, 2009 at 12:23 am

Sounds like a fun game, my kids would definitely love to play it!!

31 Adrian Lamont June 6, 2009 at 12:50 am

This is exacly what I need for my kids, please count me in.

32 Carol Lawrence June 6, 2009 at 7:09 am

What a great idea. I’ll have four grandkids here all summer and this will be a great way to get a little help from them. They can help with the pool,yard,dogs and house and get rewarded for it. Making helping a game is a great idea.

33 Cynthia C June 6, 2009 at 7:20 am

Do they make one for adults? I know a few who could use some motivation! Thanks for the chance.

34 JDSG June 6, 2009 at 9:09 am

I’m sure that if I tell my mother about this game she will wonder why on earth was it not around when SHE could have used it to “encourage” my brother and I to do chores. The game sounds interesting. I wonder if it would help out my brother now with his two sons? Hmm!



35 Teresa June 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

Great ideal!

36 Pat June 6, 2009 at 10:58 am

This looks like some fun motivation!

37 Linda June 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

What a great way to get the kids into their chores, they would love this game.

38 Jamericanspice June 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

I hope I win for my family

39 Angela J June 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm

This would be nice to have.

40 Renee T June 7, 2009 at 9:25 am

Oh…this sounds like a fun game that tackles how to help your kids learn to healp around the house. Does it work on spouses, too?

41 Brynna June 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm

I’ve been looking for something like this!! Hope I win!! ;)

42 Maggie Hsu June 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm

We’ve been meaning to restart the chore chart this summer–this game would make it more fun and add incentives! Hope we win!

43 michele anne June 7, 2009 at 8:45 pm

What a grat concept…..I love the idea….

44 emily L June 8, 2009 at 4:36 am

This would be amazing for my son! Thank you!

45 Heather H June 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

This would be fun to use, since my kids are just getting old enough to start helping out.

46 Beth June 8, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Perfect for my granddaughter! Love it!

47 Brooke June 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm

This looks great.. Wee Man likes to have “lists” of what to do.. However, the system we have right now just isn’t working that well

48 Christine June 8, 2009 at 1:27 pm

This would be perfect around here!

49 Paula H June 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I’m always looking for ideas to encourage chores being done around the house.

50 Jenny Martin June 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

What a cool way to make chores fun…I would love this!

51 edj June 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Chores without nagging? Remembering whose turn it is to do what? Brilliant! Sign me up, please.

52 Kathy D June 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm

We love games……

53 Christine Walker June 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm

I love this! What a great idea!

54 samella June 9, 2009 at 5:07 am

i sure could use this :)

55 Erma H June 9, 2009 at 6:18 am

I would love the chance to win, thanks.

56 Diane Baum June 9, 2009 at 9:44 am

great motivating idea

57 Ali Hammons June 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

This sounds like a great idea! This would be great for when my kids are helping out around the house!

58 LaVonne June 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm

What a great idea for a board game.

59 shawna June 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

My daughter loves games!

60 Cynthia Mercado June 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

We would love to win this. It would be helpful at our house.

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61 chantelle June 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Thanks for another great giveaway! -ChantelleSabino at mac dot com

62 Bekki Lindner June 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks like so much fun!

63 ALISSA June 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

this is a great idea for a game!

64 chastidy June 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Id love to win this, maybe we could get this house clean. LOL, Thanks :)

65 Gabriel J. June 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I really like the idea~!

66 Julie K June 9, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I can see my kids laughing at me first, and then I think might work. I would love to give this a try, my house seems like it is messy again before I finish cleaning it!

67 Colleen Yamamoto June 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm

this would help!

68 victoria howard June 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm

i follow

69 Chrysa June 10, 2009 at 12:03 am

Great idea!

70 Gianna June 10, 2009 at 12:54 am

Please enter me :)

71 monique lashae saulsbery June 10, 2009 at 1:01 am

This is great way to get kids to do chores. They need a good behavior game like this for classrooms. I sure could have used one when I was teaching.

72 Michelle H. June 10, 2009 at 1:48 am

I would love to see how this works. It sounds like a great idea.

73 Angie O June 10, 2009 at 2:07 am

We need this!! Please, please! :)

74 AmandaG June 10, 2009 at 2:15 am

What a wonderful idea, we’d love to have it! :)

75 Rachel Robertson June 10, 2009 at 4:21 am

I adore my children but when it comes to chores it is like pulling teeth. This would be such a great way to make doing chores fun. Well, maybe not exactly fun but I know that if they look at chores as a game, it will make getting them to do chores so much easier!

76 Steve M. June 10, 2009 at 7:29 am

Board me!

77 Tonia Rowe June 10, 2009 at 9:58 am

This could be just the key to motivating my children to help around the house!

78 jeanine June 10, 2009 at 10:32 am

i’d love to win this. we are a family of 6 and need more organization.

79 kathy pease June 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for the GREAT giveaway
please count me in :)

80 Leslie S. June 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm

I am willing to try anything to get my kids to help out around the house.Thanks!

81 hminnesota June 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

my daughters would enjoy this.

82 Susan Ledet June 10, 2009 at 1:23 pm

This would be useful to my best friend who has 2 kids and are constantly fighting about doing chores.

83 Theresa Caton June 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm

This looks fantastic! I’m trying to figure a way to incorporate chores with my 4 & 6 year old!

84 Kelly Ann T. June 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Anything to help make chore time fun would be great. Thank you so much.

85 Brittany Rebello June 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm

This is so neat!

86 Jennifer M June 10, 2009 at 2:45 pm

This could help in our house!

87 sandra June 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

looks like it would be a great help

88 Lily Kwan June 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

89 Sherry June 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm

What a wonderful idea, wish this had been around when our kids where younger, perfect for our grand daughter though!

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