How to make a Pocket Money Chart
I have recently made a pocket money chart with my five-year-old nanny charge. I thought that this is the age where pocket money would start being introduced. Not just that I thought by having set chores to earn some pocket money would give him some independence and a sense of pride of his hard work.
Anyway, it has been a huge hit and has even boosted his enthusiasm and confidence while completing his homework such as his reading, writing and practising his numbers – meaning his work is improving at school!
What you need to make a pocket money chart:
- Coloured paper/card
- Lolly sticks
Start off by sello-tapping two A3 sized coloured paper or card together. Then draw some pocket-sized compartments and then cut out and glue together (see image). Write the days of the week on 7 of the pockets and ‘chores’ on the 8th. Then glue these pockets on your chart. We used multi-coloured pockets but you can choose any colours you wish. Then on your lolly sticks write out some chores that are age and stage appropriate. For example on ours we have…
- Get myself dressed
- Help feed fish
- Water the plants
- Help put shopping away
- Practising numbers
- To practise reading
- Practise writing
- Set the table
- Help with cooking
- Drying up
On the back of the lolly stick write how much each chore is worth – ours have 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 30p, 50p. At the end of the week mum and dad sit with him and help him work out his total pocket money that week.
I have also printed off the coin pictures and stuck them on his chart to start learning the face value of coins.
We also stuck on an additional piece of card and my charge wrote his name. Then we added some string to hang it up. Ta da!