ChoreMonster: make chores fun for kids!

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Handy chore chart uses monstrous humor to motivate kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn responsibility and experience the rewards of a job well done. They can work with parents to set goals and rewards and determine chores to complete, and the app can help them manage and track their work. There's no calendar function to help kids plan ahead, but they can easily see for each day the tasks they need to complete. Parents can add additional chores or reward bonus points at any time, as well. The monsters that kids can win by spinning the wheel provide a fun break but also include tips to help with chores and kids' attitude about the chores. ChoreMonster makes learning responsibility fun and convenient.

Ease of Play

Initial set-up is handled by a parent and can take some time to figure out. The kids' interface is simple to use, and non-readers can use the pictures and thumbs up or thumbs down to make their way through. Parents have to enter those pictures.

Violence & Scariness

Though there's no actual violence, some of the consolation prizes kids "win" after spinning the wheel may be disturbing to some kids -- like a headless teddy bear or a dead fish.

Sexy Stuff
Language

The Monster Carnival includes some potty humor. One of the prizes is a jar of farts.

Consumerism

Kids can choose rewards to work toward and can search Google and Amazon for images of what they'd like to earn.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ChoreMonster uses silly (and a bit obnoxious) monsters to motivate and reward kids for doing chores. The mobile iOS app integrates with the website or can be used alone. Parents will need to invest some thought and time into setting up accounts for themselves and each child, and then set up chores and rewards. When kids log on, they'll see how many chores they have to complete that day and then check them off with a thumbs up once they've completed them. Parents then receive an email or push notification to approve the chore. Parents and multiple kids can work from the same device. In addition to working toward goals they set, kids are also rewarded for each chore they complete with a spin at the Monster Carnival. They can win a monster to add to their virtual collection or laugh at their silly consolation prize (like a rotten potato or bag of hammers.)

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byrenatelynne October 21, 2018

not being updated and will not work right

no one seems to be behind the scenes for the app anymore. It doesn't work half the time, the url for the site is dead and no one answers any questions.... Continue reading
Adult Written byrussmichaels October 12, 2018

Buggy and unreliable

Choremonster is a fine app when it works... Sadly it is completely unreliable and customer support is non-existant. Their servers and website are down regularly... Continue reading

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What's it about?

CHOREMONSTER is a virtual chore chart that lets kids see daily chores, complete them, and mark them off. Parents then approve the chores, and kids earn points toward a predetermined reward and get to spin the wheel at the Monster Carnival to win virtual monster prizes. Parents can add pictures of the chores to help non-readers, and kids just tap the thumbs up when they've completed the task. Parents can set chores to be automatically approved, to receive push notifications when chores are completed, or to receive emails.

Is it any good?

Though the initial set-up is time consuming, it's no more tedious than creating a paper chore chart, and the interactive experience is more motivating for kids. The parent interface is quite different from the kids' interface, and it's easy to switch back and forth between them for families sharing a device. Since the app integrates perfectly with the website, parents may find it easier to work on the web while kids use the mobile app. 

Adding customized photos is really easy for the app and would help younger kids recognize their chores -- include a picture of their toys all put away in the right place as the image for "pick up your toys." Other options are pretty customizable. Parents can choose from a list of common chores (brush your teeth, make your bed, clean your room, water plants, set the table, etc.) or they can enter a custom chore, and they can assign a point value to it, schedule it for a certain day or time, and even schedule it to repeat weekly, monthly, or on certain days. The Monster Carnival adds some silly fun and motivates kids to do another chore to get another spin. ChoreMonster is a handy, fun tool to help families get organized and kids get motivated.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Plan out rewards and chores together and reevaluate after a few weeks to see what, if any, adjustments need to be made.

  • Rewards don't have to be the traditional allowance. A special outing or treat may be more motivational than money, especially for younger kids.

  • The app integrates easily with the website. Parents may find it easier to create accounts and add chores from the website and then approve chores using the app. Kids will find the app easy to use.

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