Routine cards to help kids organize their schedule

Website LivingLocurto has a wonderful set of cards to help young children establish a morning routine. The Kid’s Morning Routine free printable cards are a simple way to help organized habits get started early:

There is also free for download on the site a beautiful After School Routine Poster. Check out more back-to-school printables from Living Locurto.

(Image from Living Locurto. And, a special thanks to LobotoME for the introducing me to these wonderful free prints.)

33 Comments for “Routine cards to help kids organize their schedule”

  1. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    I have to say that these look really cool, as does the website from where they were downloaded. I don’t have kids (yet) to test them out, but the idea seems to be a good one.

  2. posted by Lose That Girl on

    So cute! Some husbands could use them too. πŸ™‚

  3. posted by Jack on

    I dunno… looks to me that these would ADD clutter…

  4. posted by NancyV908 on

    I guess they’re cute, although you could make your own (much smaller) chart, if you thought a chart was necessary. Seems to me that for little kids you wouldn’t leave them alone to do this stuff anyway, so you could teach this without charts at all.

    But the order puzzles me–shouldn’t you pull your shirt over your head BEFORE you comb your hair?

  5. posted by Dawn F. on

    What about using a dry erase board mounted on their closet door or bedroom door rather than these cards? That way you could multi-purpose the board for other needs such as for a grocery list in the kitchen, project list in the garage, etc., after the youngster gets their morning routine established.

    Lose That Girl: You got that right! LOL! πŸ™‚

  6. posted by Soochi on

    Pilots use checklists and so do I. Do I need them? Need as in couldn’t do without them? No. Do they make life simpler? Yes. I can see them being more useful for slightly older kids though with more complex things to remember.

  7. posted by Christy Z. on

    Jack, I thought the same thing. I had one laminated sheet printed up for my kidswhen they were little – loose cards would be lost in a day. πŸ™‚

    Some of the items meant to “unclutter” can definitely be considered clutter for others.

  8. posted by Louise on

    I think it would be a fun project to have the kids make these. You could have a discussion about the chores first, then let each child decide how to decorate the card (crayons, collages, paintings, etc.) That might even increase how invested the child is in doing the chores.

    Even the youngest kid could pick a picture of a bed or toothbrush out of old magazines. The adult could cut it out and paste on a sign.

    These cards are nicely designed and inspiring…to make your own! πŸ™‚

  9. posted by Sheena on

    My mother used to use her own homemade cards for my younger siblings to give them directions on what to do in the mornings, since they would always wake up before her. They listed things such as make bed, wash face, brush teeth, and a few other things. It worked for the kids and they more so saw it as a game. The received stickers for each task they completed correctly.

  10. posted by Karen on

    The order is confusing, as one poster pointed out, brushing your hair before putting your shirt on is counterproductive (if neat hair is wanted).

    And honestly, since when is personal care considered a chore we have to coax kids into doing? My kids know they need to brush their teeth before school when i tell them to. Brushing hair and getting dressed are kind of no brainers.

    The real “chores” are those that help the household run smoothly. Pet care, garbage, dishes, laundry…those are the chores to focus on helping kids to pitch in on.

    We have a large white board in our kitchen; each morning I list the kids’ chores that they’re expected to do that day. They earn points for each chore (based on child’s age and difficulty of chore), and those points go towards earning TV and computer time.

    This system has worked so well I have a nine year old who feeds and waters the pets, does his own laundry, empties the dishwasher, and regularly picks up toys cheerfully and with a good will.

  11. posted by Rue on

    Cute idea. πŸ™‚

  12. posted by Meredith on

    I think these printables make a lot of sense for very little ones who are just being introduced to doing their daily self-care chores in an organized way. Obviously, systems need to change as they get older.

    I like to make sure each of my kids, now that they’re older, keeps their own chore list daily on a whiteboard in their rooms, with my help, encouraging them to “own” their tasks, rather than my owning them and making sure they do them.

    But, I gotta say, ANY system that teaches organizational skills such as these to kids from an early age is plain old valuable.

  13. posted by AK on

    To the person who had to point out that some husbands could use them, I’d like to respond by saying my wife needs them more than I do.

    Seriously. If she puts her watch down on the wrong side of her dresser, she’ll forget to put it on the next day. Then she’ll be antsy all the next day because she’ll keep looking at her wrist and frustrated by the lack of information there.

    Sorry, sweeping generalizations about how men are incompetent drive me crazy. They’re just as bad as sweeping generalizations about women.

    That being said, I agree with the person who said this is just more clutter. I fight a losing battle with household clutter every day, and this is one of those things that makes my “don’t bring that into my house” alarm go off!

    All you need is this mantra: “pants first, THEN shoes!”

  14. posted by Rebecca on

    This is a great idea and we use a variation here. With three kids 5 and under and 2 parents working, mornings and after school are crazy. My kids love a routine, and need to know what to expect. When I have a meal plan, and they know what’s for dinner, I get very few complaints–it’s the unknown or a change in plans that can create chaos.

    Not that I can manage to do this all time, but having a written plan or checklist makes the mornings and evenings run much more smoothly, even if they may not all be considered “chores.” So even if it is a few more pieces of paper, it feels much more uncluttered with less whining and cajoling.

  15. posted by Scott K on

    These are an interesting idea. I think the one problem with something like this, at least for me, is we become ‘blind’ to them and then they just become clutter.

  16. posted by Cecily T on

    Are you kidding?? I just *yesterday* was thinking about something like this to counter my daughter’s never-ending dawdliness in the AM. Her playtime expands to eat all available time, and still we are yanking on shoes and stuffing faces at the last minute. I made my own quick version with some free clipart, but these are much nicer.

  17. posted by Sapphire on

    The variety of reactions to these cards really demonstrates a facet of uncluttering and organization that I find really interesting. I know it’s been pointed out before, both by Erin and in the comments, but uncluttering is really about what works for YOU. An item/idea/process that is fabulously helpful for one person is mystifying and useless to another.

    One of the many reasons I love this site is that the articles frequently serve as simply a jumping-off point for great discussions in the comments. The experiences and viewpoints of many diverse people contribute to a better understanding of the subject as a whole.

    Keep it coming, Unclutterer community! πŸ™‚

  18. posted by Wayward on

    Cards like these are also helpful with older children; especially children with ADD, OCD, and Asperger’s.

  19. posted by *Pol on

    I am trying it, but the link is not working for me…. is this a regionally limited link?

    They look MUCH better than the ones I have attached to the fridge to remind my ADHD son the order of getting ready in the morning — he seriously still needs cue cards after 7 years of schooldays, not his fault.

  20. posted by Heather on

    The link is not working for me either. Is the site under construction? I tried using google and it found the site, but when I clicked on their link, same thing- couldn’t access the site.

  21. posted by Rebecca on

    To those who can’t access the site — I tried earlier today and it was very slow, and it did finally load. But I could never access the downloads. And now it appears to be broken — hopefully it is just maintenance on the site and it will be running again soon! Maybe too many of us were interested!

  22. posted by Kelly from Almost Frugal on

    The links aren’t working for me either…

  23. posted by Scott on

    The site is back online…for now.

  24. posted by Amy @ Living Locurto on

    WOW!! Of all the days my server goes down… I get featured on your site:-) Thanks for the great feature!! My site is back online now.

    These were meant for my son in particular, then I shared it with my readers. It’s funny, he is 6 years old and even thought the order was odd… he thought he should brush his hair after putting on his clothes too as one of your commentors said. ha!

    I am working on more and will change the order then. This was for him brush his teeth and hair together in the bathroom… otherwise I knew he would forget once he left the bathroom. I usually fix my kids hair when they come downstairs for breakfast anyway. No matter what order, these cards are meant to help kids learn to do things on their own. My three year old can read the words now too:-) It really works for my family.

  25. posted by Jeri Dansky on

    For more chore/routine card options, you could look at my blog post:

  26. posted by Laura on

    Well, Erin, thanks alot!

    It’s 1:28am here in California and I’m still up thanks to this post. The original link led me to a dozen others, all with amazing downloads. I have seriously been doing this for at least 3 hours.

    Tomorrow I will go through all the downloads and organize them. I mostly downloaded labels (vintage, retro, seasonal) and notecards which I hope will come in handy, as my time will not be cluttered up looking for appropriate stationary or having to run out and buy some.


  27. posted by Screwed Up Texan on

    Beautiful Amy! All your designs and downloads are beautifully and intelligently designed!

  28. posted by Andrea on

    Whew!I think some people might need to lighten up. πŸ™‚ Even if you don’t like the particular order of these cards, go check out Amy’s site. She has tons of free downloads, and there is a great variety. Plus, I think Amy is da’ bomb!

  29. posted by Cal on

    Am I strange in thinking that these would be cute printed on good paper and framed & placed in a kid’s bathroom?

  30. posted by JB on

    I love these cards – great idea. After I first saw them on Amy’s site, I made my own version that works for our family. Instead of individual cards, I’ve made (laminated) AM & PM posters for both of my children. I added each task, including brushing teeth, getting dressed etc plus chores, and from day one it’s made our household run a lot more smoothly. The kids love taking ownership of their little jobs and ticking off each task as they go and I don’t have to continually remind [read: nag] them what to do next.

  31. posted by Deb on

    Link is not working again today! I would love to have these. I can tolerate this type of clutter if it helps teach the concepts, etc.

  32. posted by Scott K. on

    While the site is having issues, get to the site via google cache:

  33. posted by Alan on

    I have to say that these look really cool, as does the website from where they were downloaded. I don’t have kids (yet) to test them out, but the idea seems to be a good one.

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