Friday, December 30, 2011

Mitzvah Chart

Here's a project I did for my grandchildren—a Mitzvah Chart. Not Jewish?  You can easily change this to a Chore Chart or a Motivational Chart!  This chart lists the mitzvahs that the children are expected to do each day of the week. In what has become a nightly ritual that the children look forward to with excitement, my daughter Ariel reviews with them the mitzvahs they did that day. If they did the mitzvah, they get to put a magnetic button on the spot for that particular mitzvah. 

They love it when they fill an entire day with buttons, and of course, children LOVE magnets!

I designed this chart for young pre-schoolers who don’t know how to read, but if you have older kids you can replace the pictures with words. Add more or less for your needs.

Here are the supplies I purchased:
 1. Colored scrapbooking paper (Michaels Crafts)
2. Package of colorful buttons (Michaels Crafts)
3. Magnetic Board (Michaels Crafts)
4. Both round and strip style magnets (Staples)
5. Large letter stickers (BoBunny Supersized Alphabet Stickers)
6. Press-On 1” white vinyl letters—Helvetica (Staples)
7. Martha Stewart Crafts 1 ½” circle craft punch (Michaels Crafts)
8. Decorative ribbon (Michael’s crafts) (optional)
9. Magnets and Sharpie marker (Staples)
Before sticking on the large letters that read “Mitzvah Chart” I taped a piece of green painters tape to use for a guide and get a nice straight line. If you don’t have painters tape you can use masking tape or you can draw a light pencil line with a ruler.
Next, I cut out my circles for the days of the week using my circle craft punch. Again, if you don’t have a circle punch you can cut squares out of the colored paper with scissors.
After I decided out how much space I needed for each day, I drew vertical lines with a sharpie marker.
 The painters tape helped to keep the tops of the lines straight.
Click here for the icons I used on my chart.  You can add your own, or add words instead for older children.
After mounting the icons on colored paper, I cut the magnet tape and applied to the back of the icons. This way, they can be changed as needed. I also added the white vinyl letters to the colored circles for the days of the week.
The buttons got a drop of glue from a glue gun to stick onto the round magnets. If you don’t have a glue gun, I suggest using goop glue, found at most hardware stores.
 As a finishing touch, I glued a decorative ribbon around the board to create a bit of a frame.
This post also appeared on LadyMama & One Tough Mother
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