Getting the kids to help around the house over the summer holidays can be hard work. They would prefer to be having lazy mornings in their PJ’s, tipping out every toy box they can find while sprinkling it all with glitter. While I don’t mind this, I mean it is their school holidays, it’s just the cleaning up after that’s the hard work. So this year, to encourage some help and to reward the girls with taking on some responsibility, we have come up with The Summer Marble Challenge.
The challenge consists of a range of things the girls can help with around the house. If they do them without being asked, do them with out the usual huffing and puffing, or offer to do anything that help out they get given a marble. We have also added onto the list some handwriting and reading practice. This is to just help them keep up the fab work they have put in at school. Six weeks is a long break after doing it everyday and hopefully this will help them when they return back to school in September.
There is also a rule that if they do something that warrants them being sent to their room, or constant fighting with their sister, they will get a marble removed.
So the chores on the summer holiday challenge have been written up on the blackboard in the kitchen and include:
- Make your bed
- Get ready when asked
- Help tidy up
- Help with the cleaning
- Set the table
- Help empty the dishwasher
- Practise handwriting
- Read to Mummy or Daddy
- Help wash the cars
- Help in the garden
- Or anything else Mummy or Daddy want to reward you for
Everytime the girls complete one of these they can select a marble and add it to their jar. Every Saturday the marbles are counted up and they will get 10p per marble. The can then decide to either spend it or save it.
We are one week into this challenge and so far so good. Both girls have offered to help with things without being asked. The table has been laid, handwriting practice has been done and they have helped clean up the garden without being asked! But it is only week one, we still have five more to go, the novelty may wear off! I’ll try and keep you updated on how we are doing.
We visited the House of Marbles, which is in a town called Bovey Tracey in Devon to get our marbles. We then just reused some empty jars we had in the cupboard. But if you want to join in and don’t have the supplies check out the House of Marbles Reward Jar which you can purchase on Amazon.
Have you set up a reward system with your children for the summer holidays? I would love to hear about it if you have.