5 iOS apps that make chores fun for your kids
Getting kids to do the chores is an exercise in frustration, as, unlike the good old times, everything has to be fun and games now. Try to instill that taste for discipline, hard work and selflessness called "taking out the garbage bag" in your 6-year old and you'll know what we are talking about.
A new breed of children apps (yes, there's an app for that too) is aiming to remedy the evolution's glaring omission in human upbringing called "the first seven years," by trying to make chores, well, fun and above all, a game. Kids these days learn to manipulate touchscreens on your phone or tablet before they learn to read and write, and if you can't take them away from the gizmos, it's time this addiction gets put into good use
They present the chores list in an entertaining way, and dole out incentives like bonus points which you can collect for cash, or, in this case, a trip to the ice cream parlor. Check them out in the slides below, and start having ideas.
Cleaning their room, doing the dishes, feeding the dog - various chores can be ticked or loaded in this app, and the kids choose from funny avatars when starting the quest for bonus points. Each task completion gets approved by the parent, and results in various "leveling-up", depending on the complexity.
Another fun and engaging way to alter your kids behavior towards the greater good by collecting points for chores. These points can later be redeemed for chocolate, trips, video games and whatever you set up as awards in real-world dimensions. Monthly membership and annual fees are present as in-app purchase.
This app spices up your to-do list with a bit of role-playing, but don't get us wrong, it is totally appropriate for kiddos, with cool graphics, leveled-up avatars, and deadly animated fights with the chores that your children might love to do after they finish cleaning up.
Available also as an Android app, iRewardChart is the good old task chart in modern digital format: "When stars have been earned, your child can pick from the default list of suggested rewards, or you can setup your own custom rewards especially tailored for each of your children, like "$2 Pocket Money" or "One Hour Of TV".
Each of your kids gets assigned star numbers depending on the completed tasks, pinned under their portrait on the virtual board. This edition is tailored for the larger screen real estate of the iPad, so the children's tasks, accomplishments and rewards can all be seen at a glance on the display.