Whether you have toddlers, homeschool or have your kids in private or public school, these daily routine schedule printables are so helpful in keeping a flow throughout your days. Your kids will love being able to help order the cards to fit the day. With over 40 cards and activities to choose from, there should be something for every age!
You might have seen some sort of daily routine charts or cards floating around online or on social media. Or maybe this is new to you. When I first became aware of this concept, I immediately fell in love with the idea of including my kids in setting up the day. I think routine and communicating the flow of the day with your children is crucial in setting everyone up for a successful, less-stressed day.
As I was looking to purchase or download daily routine cards for our family, I realized I was not going to have the right cards that fit our specific needs. I started making a list of our typical activities we have throughout the week. Then I got on my computer and began making these daily routine schedule printables, tailored to our family!
I went ahead and included some activities that we don’t currently participate in, but that I could see being useful in the future. On my instagram stories, I shared my cards and asked if these would be useful for others. I was excited to hear that many other mamas were interested! So I am excited to make these available to download for free so you can begin using these with your little ones as well!
I love this quote by Dr. Maria Montessori. These daily routine schedule cards are such a practical way to impart responsibility and independence to your children. Allowing your children to take part and ownership in ordering the day will help them to think through the events of the day before the race of the day has begun. It does not have to be completely perfect or exact, but just having several pillars of knowing what to expect can help the day to go along more smoothly.
How to use daily routine schedule printables?
It is so simple to use these cards. Once you have printed them out, you can keep the cards in a little basket, a small bag or pouch, or even a ziplock bag! Feel free to organize them by type if having them all together overwhelms you.
Lay the cards out on a table so you can grab what you need for the day. After the first time you do this, many of the cards will be used everyday (get dressed, meals, feeding animals, etc.). Only small adjustments will be needed after that depending on the day.
Begin to arrange the cards in order from the morning “wake up” card to the end of the day “bedtime” card. On a piece of twine, long ribbon or fabric, attach the cards in order using a clothes pin. You will need a separate clothespin to pin on the bottom or side of the card (depending on if you want to create a vertical or horizontal line) you are currently working on. Have your children move this clothespin throughout the day as they move from one task to the next.
That’s it! So simple and a beautiful way to encourage independence in your little ones.
How do I make the daily routine schedule printables?
Tools you will need:
- Printer – ours is linked here
- Cardstock Paper
- Scissors or Paper cutter
- Laminator (optional)
- Laminating sheets (optional)
- Twine, Long Ribbon or Thin piece of Fabric
- Clothespins (these mini ones are so cute!)
I love how simple it was to print out and create these beautiful daily routine schedule printables. These will hopefully last our family a long time!
Since we are planning to homeschool, we invested in a refurbished Epson EcoTank Printer. The EcoTank is apparently the go-to printer for many homeschooling families! It has the ability to print on two sides and has amazing ink usage. I printed a whole booklet for my son to start his preschool curriculum and the ink tank levels did not even budge. So I have to say, I am very happy with it so far!
I used cardstock to print on so that the cards would not tear or bend as easily when being handled by my toddlers. Once printed, I cut them out using this paper cutter. You could absolutely use scissors instead of a paper cutter.
Next, I laminated the cards so they would last longer. Laminating the cards is totally optional, but I did find this really affordable laminator that works perfectly for my needs at home. Trimming the edges again, the cards were complete and ready for use! I think it took me 30 minutes to complete, so not a bad little crafting session! 🙂
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Free Daily Routine Schedule Printables
If you enjoy these cards, I’d love to know! Share your daily routine cards and tag me on Instagram @oursimplegraces!
I may update these cards from time to time. Let me know if there are more tasks or activities your family does throughout the week that you would like to see added! And if you are interested in more natural and beautiful printables, check out my etsy shop where I am adding more printables weekly!