How to Make (& Use) Children’s Routine Chore Chart

This year my goal is to get my house in order! You know what I mean, everyone running on a comfortable routine that keeps things moving, but with room to grow.

Paper Pushing.

One of the things I made last summer was this chart, for lack of a better term, for my oldest daughter {3.5-years-old}. She is always asking, “What are we doing next?” “What are we doing today?” “Can I do _____ now?” She is also a huge help with some things if I have the time to train her how as well as reminder her to do them. I’m praying that, with a little consistency on my part, these tools can help our entire household stay in order this year.

Keep in mind you’ll need to train your child how to use this tool. Just like anything in life, we can’t expect them to know how to use it without explanation and demonstration. The younger the child the more (repetitive) instruction they will need. Make it fun, upbeat, and a big deal that they are “old enough for this responsibility”. You decide as the parent which of these thing your child is allowed to do on their own.

Here is how our chart system works:
The 1st thing she does in the morning is her “morning chart” which hangs in the bathroom upstairs next to her bedroom. After hugs and “good morning”s I instruct her to “go do your chart” always starting at the top.

{I used some of the same pictures from our other chart to make these “routines”}

Morning Chart {putting each picture card in a box as she completes them}

  • Make Bed {be lenient on littles — she just pulls the sheet and blanket up, and tosses her sleeping buddy on the pillow}
  • Go Potty {for us, this includes putting the lid down, flushing, and washing hands}
  • Brush Teeth {my husband or I brush her teeth before bed so we let her practice in the mornings}
  • Brush Hair {again, doesn’t look perfect}
  • Get Dressed {I have clothes laid out for her most mornings}
  • Go Downstairs

The night before I decide what we need to accomplish the next day. Based on that I place picture cards in order on the outside of the pocketed folder using Velcro. In the morning, she knows when she has completed her bathroom “chart” she may come down stairs and see what is in store for the day by looking through her daily chart. As she completes each activity she pulls it free and sticks it into the pocket indicating its completion. I use the large pocket at the bottom to hold the extra pictures and I made signs saying “Maggie’s Daily Schedule” just for fun. {All sign lettering done on Microsoft Word with “Jokerman” font.}

Daily Chart

  • Put away laundry {she is in charge of all kitchen laundry — hand towels, wash cloths, and bibs}
  • Empty Dishwasher {she is in charge of putting away silverware}
  • Play Inside {she used to play with her little sister before her nap and then we did school during the really little’s naps–gonna have to change this one up}
  • Clean Up {we have a place for everything. Similar to a daycare we kind of have “centers” where like things are located for easier playing and locating toys}
  • Do School Work {right now we do HIPPY preschool work that only takes about 20-30 minutes}
  • Go Potty {we are still working on perfecting potty training so we have potty pictures as a reminder to stop and go– some times a reminder for the mamma more than for the preschooler}
  • Play Outside {huge reward on nice weather days}
  • Clean Up {cleaning up is a good transition but you have to remember to leave enough wiggle room for the time it takes littles to clean up}
  • Lunch {during lunch prep my girls always help me set the table. Again, lots of training but a huge help when they are trained correctly}
  • Nap Time {she always uses the potty before nap} {she does her ‘after nap chart’ before coming downstairs after sleeping}
  • Watch Movie {we have very limited “screen time” for our littles (< 2 hrs. a day) so I save this for my reward after we’ve made it through the morning. It’s also great to use as a reward}
  • Eat Snack {we have great snack ups we use while they watch their movie. They LOVE eating in front of the tv since we only do it during snack time}
  • Games/Puzzles {just another form of inside play but she feels like its special because it has its own time}
  • Eat Dinner {again, they help set the table with dishes, silverware, and some times dishes and condiments}
  • Go for Walk {in the spring, this is a great way to get in exercise for the entire family around the neighborhood}
  • Feed Dog {she would go outside to feed the dog 3 times a day if I didn’t let her know when she was allowed to do it}
  • Inside Play {again}
  • Clean Up {major clean up always happens at the end of the night before we go upstairs to bed}

Some days may include other things like:

  • Go to Doctor
  • God to Dentist
  • Run Errands
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Go to Church

After Nap Chart

  • Make Bed {be lenient on littles — she just pulls the sheet and blanket up, and tosses her sleeping buddy on the pillow}
  • Go Potty {for us, this includes putting the lid down, flushing, and washing hands}
  • Brush Teeth {my husband or I brush her teeth before bed so we let her practice in the mornings}
  • Brush Hair {again, doesn’t look perfect}
  • Get Dressed {I have closed laid out for her most mornings}
  • Go downstairs

Bed Time Chart

  • Go Potty {for us, this includes putting the lid down, flushing, and washing hands}
  • Brush Teeth {my husband or I brush her teeth before bed so we let her practice in the mornings}
  • Take Bath {more fun in the tub with her sister}
  • Dry Hair {parent uses the blow dryer}
  • Put on PJs {and diaper for night-time}
  • Family Devotion {read a Bible story together out of a children’s picture Bible}

How-to make your own Bathroom Chart:

  1. Print pictures using Routine Chart Printables or BLANK Routine Chart Printables.
  2. Color the pictures or let your child as you talk about what each picture stands for
  3. Laminate {if you have a laminate machine it will make them last MUCH longer}
  4. Cut Yarn or ribbon long enough to hang the number of responsibilities you would like them to do
  5. Hang the yarn/ribbon with push pins and then hang your pictures with alligator clips or clothes pins
  6. Place a box near the chart to place the completed cards in
  7. Voilà!

How-to make your own Daily Chart:

  1. Buy a pocketed chart {I found the “pocket chart” on Oriental Trading (teacher supply section)} or you can make one using poster board
  2. Print pictures using Routine Chart Printables or BLANK Routine Chart Printables.
  3. Color the pictures or let your child as you talk about what each picture stands for
  4. Laminate {if you have a laminate machine it will make them last MUCH longer}
  5. Add Velcro to your chart and corresponding Velcro to the backs of your pictures
  6. Voilà!

I would like to challenge you to find a routine that works for your family this year and maybe this chart help your household stick to it!

Comments

  1. Ruth says

    Thank  you for this post and the links to the pictures. I have been trying to get something like this made to use with our 4yr and 2 1/2 yr old sons but just hadn’t taken the time to hunt down all the pictures. This was very helpful and I know it will help our day run more smoothly.

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