Photo Chore Chart DIY

I am a firm believer in teaching kids responsibility and that can be done from a very young age. My little guy is three and we have just started introducing jobs to him. He has been expected to do them for awhile now, but I really wanted to create a visual reminder for him. He can’t read yet, so a typical chart was out of the question. I started with clip-art but it just didn’t seam specific enough for me!

I received a Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One printer in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own

I was sending a text message to a friend with a picture of my living room strewn with toys as we discussed how crazy life with toddlers can be when it hit me! Pictures! Our Photo Chore Chart was born with a little help from my Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One printer.

Photo Chore Chart

I started off using photos from my phone which can easily be printed straight from my phone using my Epson Print app which is available on iTunes and for Android. They were beautiful but after a little experimenting I decided I wanted my photos all on one sheet. Lucky for me this printer can print all the way up to 11×17 so my problem was solved.

Here is how I did it:


I started off by printing my photos out on a sheet of 11×17 sheet of photo paper. One sheet will be the base for the chart (before photos) and the other sheet (after photos) will be cut apart into separate photos.

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Next, I went ahead and cut up the second sheet. I would go ahead and run both sheets through a laminator if I were you, as they will be heavily handled by little hands. Then go ahead and glue magnets on the back of each piece. You can grab some magnets at the craft store, or this is a great way to recycle those magnetic business cards you get all the time!


I stuck all of his “after” cards in a little locker caddy I found at the dollar store next to his chart. His chores are to clean up his toys in his room and in our living room, put away his clothes, get ready for bed without fighting, and be happy and kind. Once he has completed his chore he can find the coordinating “after” card in the caddy and replace the before picture. These pictures serve as a visual reminder of my expectations.

This job was so quick and easy to whip together with my Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One printer. You could do this entire project with phone/tablet photos sent directly to the printer! Think how fun it would be made up of Instagram snap shots! In addition to printing you can also monitor your ink levels and order new supplies from the app.


This printer is so smart. It has a full color touch screen control panel that literally gives you instructions as you go! You can’t mess it up. Plus, it prints absolutely stunning, borderless,  professional quality photos right in your home office! I have had so much fun playing with all it’s bells and whistles. I am no technology genius but this printer is smart enough for the both of us! You can find the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in-One printer here.

Do you have a photo printer? What kind of projects have you made with it?

About Aimee

My name is Aimee and I was lucky enough to meet my perfect match at age 15. We were married 6 years later and are parents to the cutest kiddos around. Our oldest son is a cautious, but outgoing, smarty pants with a little sister who has no fear and loves to push all his buttons. They are 19 months apart. Before becoming a stay at home mom I was a second grade teacher, and I loved every minute of it. Now I spend most of my day on the floor building trains, tucking in baby dolls, reading stories, and laughing my guts out with my own kids. I love to spend time with my family, travel, read, watch movies, be outdoors, and eat!


Photo Chore Chart DIY — 33 Comments

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  8. This is totally awesome and perfect for the little guy! Thanks for linking up to The Wednesday Roundup and I will have to use this idea when my little one gets a bit older!

  9. Your Chore Chart is fantastic! I need to try this for my kids too. Thanks for sharing your creative idea with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. I’m also now following your blog and can’t wait to see what you make next.

  10. So cute and such a great way to teach responsibility. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  11. So smart to use photos! My son doesn’t read yet and I’ve just used clip-art, like you mentioned. The photo chart is so much better.

  12. That’s a really cute idea! I had a job chart when my kids were younger but it was not that cute.

  13. Ha, ha, ha… I love it. Makes it easy on everyone, even the little ones who can’t quite read yet!

  14. I think that is such a great idea. I am all for anything that helps the kids learn responsibility.

  15. What an adorable chore chart. The blackboard is a nice touch. You can leave little messages to the little ones! Adorable.

  16. Great idea for a chore chart. The chalkboard is a nice touch. I’m look into the Epson Expression printer as well. I could use a more user friendly printer.

  17. I don’t have kids, but I’ve worked with people that I wish I could have used this with. I really love the blackboard touch as well.

  18. This is the best idea for a chore chart I’ve seen. Now the kids can’t say, “I didn’t see it.” when they don’t get their chores done. I love how cute it is as well. Adorable.