I love to browse Pinterest every night while I watch television. I pin and re-pin everything I have to have, make, etc. Some things are not exactly the most practical, like the super awesome heat sensitive shower tiles (who wouldn’t want to take a shower with the Northern Lights all around?!?). A week or so ago I came across the idea of putting various household chores on ping pong balls and throwing those balls into a jar. I’m always trying to get the kids to help around the house. They, of course, always ask for money…which irritates me. I feel that as a member of the household, they should have certain “jobs” that they are expected to do just to help with the flow of the house. So I decided to put this ping pong jar together. It couldn’t hurt. I already had the jar at home and the ping pong balls are super cheap on Amazon!
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How to Make Ping Pong Ball Chores
The chores I wrote on the balls are:
- Wash Kitchen Chairs
- Clean Bathtub
- Sweep the Kitchen
- Clean Bedroom (written on 2)
- Clean Toilet Upstairs
- Pick Up Family Room
- Wipe the Kitchen Cabinets
- Clean the Bathroom Sink Upstairs
- Wash Kitchen Counters
- Dust Family Room
- Dust Living Room
- Clean Toilet Downstairs
- Wash Kitchen Table
- Clean Bathroom Sink Downstairs
- Put All Shoes Away
- Wipe Down Fridge Doors
- Wipe Down Oven Door
So today was the first day we tried this. I explained what we were going to do to the kids on the way home from school. I had each of them close their eyes, reach in the jar and choose a ping pong ball. Bella chose “Clean the Bathtub”. She was jumping up and down (seriously). Zachary chose sweep the kitchen floor. Each kid did their chore without a complaint at all. In fact…when they were done, they asked to choose another ball! How awesome is that?
Once all the chores in the jar have been done I told them we could have a special treat (a slurpee, ice cream, etc) and then all the balls go back in the jar and we start over! Definitely give it a try! For some reason, when you write a chore on a ball…it makes it more fun!