Make Chores Fun with ChoreMonster
May 29th, 2012Posted by: Internet Ministries
Many of us parents may recall the star charts we had when growing up. If I, say, made my bed in the morning I got a star; I’d get another star if I took my plate to the sink. After a certain accrual of stars then I’d get a price of some nature. Many parents may also be like me, struggling to come up with a fun way to motivate their children to clean their room; turning things into a game usually can get a younger child to clean, but what about children who are a little older? I recently found an online / iPhone app called ChoreMonster. What is it exactly? The creators of ChoreMonster explain the basics in a January interview:
Parents log-in and see a dashboard where they can create new chores or approve chores that have been completed. A separate dashboard accessible only to kids shows the latest chore assigned, a tally of points earned and a list of potential rewards set by their parents (like a trip to the zoo or a new LEGO set).
Essentially, they’ve reinvented the star system, adding a whole cast of customizable mosters a-la Maurice Sendak, in-game prizes in addition to the potential rewards, and a helpful set of tools for parents to track their child’s progress. This combines token rewards for immediate gratification to keep momentum towards the larger goal. It seems like the perfect way to encourage children to do their chores; even we adults do better with task-completion when we get even a token reward. They’re still in beta, but you can sign up here.