I wanted to make a check list for my 5 year-old for his waking up and getting ready for bed routines. Before he comes down for breakfast and he's supposed to have done certain things already. Every morning...every morning:
"Have you already brushed your teeth?"
"Umm... I don't remember."
"Did you flush your toilet?" (Don't even get me started)
I check the toothbrush. Dry. Toilet. Unflushed.
I know he remembers what he's supposed to do. When my parents visit, he does everything he's supposed to do (except maybe flush) and is dressed with shoes on, ready to walk out the door by 6am to go have breakfast at McDonald's with Poppy. I should mention for full effect that Poppy is still in bed asleep at 6am.
My son thinks it's fun to check things off lists, and by golly, so do I! I unashamedly write things like "empty the dishwasher" on my daily calendar/to-do list after I've already emptied it, just so I can immediately draw a line through it and see the glory of the accomplished task in writing, memorialized until the next July 1 when the next planner begins and I toss out the old one.
The chore list...
I used MS Word to create a check list for Wake Up and Bed Time. There are eight tasks for each time of day (including flushing the toilet) and each has a "Not yet" box next to it. I used Word Art (I'm so 2003) to copy/paste eight boxes that say "DONE!", to cut out and make into magnets which he can move on top of the "Not yet" boxes after completing each task. This way he gets to sort of check it off the list, and while moving the magnets to one side, e.g. as he completes the Wake Up list, it re-exposes the "Not yet" boxes on the Bed Time list to be ready to cover again that evening.
I printed this out and let him color the "DONE!" boxes. Then I cut out the "DONE"s and stuck them onto adhesive magnet pages cut to size. (I used ProMag Magnetic Adhesive Sheet
purchased at some craft store somewhere most likely with a coupon).
**I made the magnets like this because it's what I had already in my possession. If I hadn't had the magnetic sheets, I probably would have bought some plain dollar store magnets to use instead.
The magnetic surface...
So I had my printed task list and the magnets. Now I needed something behind to make the magnets stay. I tried taping paper clips to the back of the page. Didn't work. I thought about buying a white board at Target and mounting the list to it. Seemed a little expensive. I thought about my old well-worn cookie sheets in the drawer under the oven. I still use those. I could get a new one for cooking, but why buy something I don't really need when what I already have works just fine, youknowwhatImean?
And the winner is...Dollar Tree cookie sheet! I even splurged and bought two, I'm a maniac.
"How do I know if Good Enough DIY is right for me?"
If you google tutorials for making diy magnetic boards with cookie sheets, you'll find some of the cutest things spray paint and carefully measured and cut acid free scrapbooking paper ever touched. If you're like me, though, sometimes you just want to (quickly) make something useful and aren't up to learning what Mod Podge is right now.
|Bonus tip: Attach the paper AFTER hammering in the nail, so you don't get hammer marks on the page.|
It's perfect as a piece of paper scotch taped to a dollar store cookie sheet. And I can switch out that paper with a new one whenever I want.
I see in this cookie sheet's future...task check lists, chore lists, reward charts, and please please please, a flushed toilet, at least twice a day.