How to Make a Chore Wheel

Making a chore wheel can be a simple solution to your weekly chore battles with your kids. Cynthia Ewer, author of “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized,” recommends that you start gradually with a few chores and have the kids work their way up to more responsibility 1. Try having a family cleanup day every week, using the chore wheel to make everyone’s job fair 2.

Make two lists: big chores and small chores. A big chore might be something like cleaning the whole kitchen or bathroom, while a small chore might be vacuuming the living room rug or emptying the dishwasher.

Consider the number of people in your family. If you have a family of four, the chore wheel should include four big chores and four small chores. Consider, also, whether the youngest member of your family will be able to do any chore on the wheel 2. The adults in the household might still need to organize some off-the-wheel chores, such as mowing the lawn, if the youngest isn’t old enough for certain activities.

Sketch out the three “cogs” of your chore wheel by drawing three circles on your scrap paper. Divide each into equal sections based on the number of people in your household. The first circle should have one name in each section. The second should have one big chore in each section, and the third should have one small chore in each section.

Use a salad bowl to trace the biggest wheel on tag board. Use a smaller bowl for the big chore wheel and the smallest bowl for the small chore wheel.

Replicate your sketch on the tag-board wheels, using marker to write in names and chores.

Poke a hole in the center of all three wheels 2.

Cut out your wheels and place them on top of each other, so that the smallest is on top and the largest behind. Place a tack in the center, so the wheels spin. Now you can spin the chore wheel to ensure that everyone gets one big chore and one small chore every week 2.


Add color with a colored tag board.