Responsibuilders is not so much a game as an effective tool for
helping your children become aware of their responsibilities around
the house and manage their chores. The great thing, though, is
that the kids think it's a game! The set consists of a deck of
laminated chore cards, some blank cards so you can add your own,
and a canvas holder that can hang on the refrigerator and display
the cards that are in use. The canvas holder is really heavy-duty.
You hold it up with two nice-sized magnetized clips. There are
two rows of five pockets each. The top row of pockets is "to do" and
the bottom row is "done." The pockets are numbered 1 through 5
and are intended to accommodate up to 5 family members.
The parent goes through the cards and picks out chores that need
to be done that day. Then the cards are placed face down and everyone
draws until the cards are all gone. The cards are placed in the "to
do" pocket for you assigned number and as the chores are completed
they are moved to the "done" pocket. The cards have cute illustrations
and fun little poems on them For instance, one says, "The rugs
are full of dirt and crumbs. Please take them out and shake them
some." There's a lucky card as well. It says, "Family Fun Night.
Oh lucky you! . . ." and goes on to explain that the recipient
gets to plan the family fun night activities. Some of the cards
are just about smiles and kisses. This is a lot of fun for the
kids, and they really do feel like it is a game.
This is already in use in our house, and we anticipate that it
will continue to be for quite some time to come. I recommend this--what
an attitude booster!