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  • Katie Burkhardt

    Toys that are not picked up go in the ransom box and they have to pick a chore to complete to earn it back! A great lesson in personal responsibility. Good idea!

  • Emily Nemeth

    What a great idea!! Kids have to do a "ransom chore" to earn toys back they didn't put away!

  • Cami Salisbury

    Ransom Chore Box

  • Erin Abbiati

    KIDS STUFF: "Toys that are not picked up go in the ransom box and they have to pick a chore to complete to earn it back!"

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Such a good idea! Much better than the "do not disturb" sign I am using now:) Just wary of announcing I have a baby in the house to strangers, though.

Best ideas: bring a power strip to the airport and make iPhone shortcuts for your email addresses. Good to know: how to open wine and chip bags. (The tape case is pretty cute, too.)

Kids leaving toys on the floor. Hold the toy for ransom. Take a stick, do a chore, earn it back! www.4men1lady.com

Good cute idea to make with your kids and easy fun chore chart!! Maybe this cute idea with simple chores will help them on a daily basis to learn their own routines easier! :) love

Fun idea: If her kids don't pick something up after one warning, this mom confiscates it and puts it in a "ransom box." The only way you can get it back is to draw a task from the envelope attached to the box lid. Her tasks are hilarious!

How one mom got her child to pick up his toys without nagging. Brilliant!!

would use white or plain buckets with big stenciled "do" and "done" if bottom half of sticks were painted, chores could be organized (by color) into categories for level of difficulty so littles could avoid overwhelming tasks. Or could use rainbow ping pong balls hidden in tasteful buckets

Choices! I can totally see using this at school. When students need a break or time away, make a choice about what they want to do! Give them the power to choose!

Next time toys get left on the floor collect them in a ransom box. In order to get the toy back the child gets to pick a stick from the chore jar and perform a chore. Getting kids to clean up after themselves with Zink and a giveaway. 4men1lady.com

super cute chore jar. kids feel like they have some choice in the matter :)...i did a variation of this. i bought colored large craft sticks and color coded them by length of chore (blue are 5 min chores, orange are 15 min chores, etc...). i wrote the chores on the sticks with a sharpie. so far so good. my 9 year old lives for the "relax no chore today" stick:)

I love this idea! The kids determine their own allowance. The harder they choose to work, the more $ they EARN!