Burger Chore Chart

If you have children and you're anything like me, getting your child to do their chores can be quite a challenge. Making them fun, somehow, seems to be the best way to get my son's cooperation. I've tried a number of tools in the past, but as soon as it becomes a chore for me, then it no longer works.

So as I laid in bed last night half-asleep, I came up with this idea. Perhaps it was an overflow from all the cool felt food I've seen posted lately. Perhaps it developed out of desperation because I realized my son hadn't made his bed for weeks. (At least!)

Regardless of what drove it, I'm very excited about this idea! I whipped up an initial prototype tonight and plan on using it beginning tomorrow. I showed my son my preliminary work and even he was excited. Fingers crossed!

So here's what I put together...

First, I cut out and stitched a "bun" from tan felt. I used embroidery thread and added some sesame seeds to the top of the bun.

Then I added some strip magnets to the backs. I used hot glue, but I'm not sure how well it's going to hold up. I'll get back to you on how well (or not) after a little time trial.

Then I started making ingredients to put on the burger. Each one will relate to a chore. I used a label-maker to put the chore on the ingredient, since this is still in the experimental stage. If I make another one, I'll probably use my embroidery machine to apply the chore. But I'm sure there are any number of ways to do this part.

Then I put a strip magnet on the back of each of the sandwich ingredients...

... and a chore on the front.

For ingredients, I made a burger and tomatoes, ...

lettuce and cheese, ...

ketchup and pickles, ...

mustard and mayonaise, ...

and just to be silly, some carrots.

I didn't have patterns for any of them, just made a basic color/shape that represented the basic idea. I'm quite certain some of the felt food crafters reading this have much better models.

The bun and all the ingredients are going to get put on the front of the refrigerator. In the morning, I'm sure my son will check it out, and I predict he'll start building his burger right away, layering the ingredients into the bun as the chore is completed. He's usually good about brushing his teeth. I'm wondering if it will motivate him to make his bed in the morning?

If he has a really good day of getting his chores done, he can make a macho-manly, super-duper, gazillion-decker burger as a reward! As long as he doesn't decide not to do a chore because he doesn't like the ingredient. Like tomatoes. That would be a bummer. I would have to make some new ingredients, like candy and ice cream. Not that they would sound very tasty on a burger, but then that would be just like a boy, wouldn't it?

If you would like to try one of these, you might consider some other food groups too. I don't expect the interest in this to last forever, so I think I'll work on a pizza version to replace it ultimately. If this one is well-received anyway.

If you try something different, I'd really like to hear about it. Just drop me a comment or a note. And if you'd like to see the follow-up for my son's reaction, check out the results!


Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you'd like to see more like this, I'm sure you'll want to check out my Ice Cream Cone Chore Chart...

... as well as my Veggie Garden Chore Chart.

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  1. Love it! My son doesn't eat burgers or pizza (medical diet) but maybe I can come up with something. It could be fun with a really tall ice cream cone (although he doesn't eat that either-ha ha).

  2. So clever! This would motivate my 4yr old for sure!!

  3. That's the cutest idea I've ever seen. I just love it..you should send your idea to a craft magazine,you would be published immediately. It's a wonderful idea..

  4. Love this! I had to blog about Childmade! Feel free to snag my I was Featured button! Thanks and I'll definitely be checking back!


  5. What a great idea!! I would be motivated to do my chores if I had one of those too! Thanks for linking up @Creative Itch!

  6. What a creative and fun way to get the kids to do their jobs! You are a very talented mummy!

    Best wishes,

  7. What a cute idea! I like your idea to do a pizza one too, maybe you can also do an ice cream sundae one:)

  8. This is so, so cute and creative! I love it! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  9. Wonderful idea! Now if I only knew how to thread my sewing machine.

  10. VERY cute! I'm thinking I might try this concept, but use an ice cream cone with the chores on different flavored "scoops" of ice cream.

  11. Send it to _Family Fun_! They'd LOVE it, and you might be famous ;). As a bonus send the picture of your son's trying to eat the finished chore burger. If it has worked for you, it could easily work for other families!

  12. I absolutely love this! This is definitely one of the funniest chore charts I have ever seen! Thanks so much for linking it to my party!

  13. Things like this make me SO excited for when my daughter is old enough for chores (she's only 2 so I have just a bit longer!). Just thinking about it right now - I thought of an ice cream Sundae. Then at the end of the week if they've done a good job on completing their chores you take them out for ice cream - then you could get really creative with the ingredients: sprinkles, bananas, strawberries, chocolate, MnM's, different flavors of ice cream...etc.

    Thanks for the idea! I might make it now just to have it ready in a few years!!

  14. i was thinking of making a princess, then having the chores as "petty coats/skirt ruffles" and using foamie things to make it.

  15. I am featuring you tomorrow in my Motivate Me Monday, so feel free to grab a button. This is so awesome!
    Keeping It Simple

  16. This is way too cute! can I link this up on my blog? I just made a chore chart from a place mat-but I am really loving your idea- very clever and cute! thanks for sharing!

  17. featured this and gave you an award on my blog! I just love this (hence the feature!)

  18. That looks amazing! So well made!

  19. Another Adorable chart! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  20. That is the cutest thing I've seen in quite some time. How creative! -Kansas Amy (your newest follower)

  21. I featured your Build a Burger over at Sassy Sites today! Come by and check it out and grab a featured button! I love your blog! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  22. I love this! Thanks for sharing it.

  23. I featured this today on Today's Top 20!


  24. This is so creative! It's such a great visual for kids...they can see what is expected!
    erica at http://bisforboycreations.blogspot.com/

  25. Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured your craft on Family Fun Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  26. Hi, I loved your awesome chore chart so much a made a Quiet Book page from your Build-A-Burger idea for a QB Swap! I used software to make a pattern for my page (except for the mustard which I used yarn I wrapped around a ruler). I had so much fun and I now have the cutest QB Page! Thanks so much for sharing your great ideas!!
    - Jenn Price