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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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