I love making charts for my kiddos. This play routine schedule has become a favorite in my family. I print the chart, laminate it and tape it to the fridge. The kids take turns picking activities off the chart and X-ing them off with a dry erase marker throughout the day. I enjoy the mix of independent and group activities, indoor and outdoor.
I tell the kids to “pick off the chart” when I need time to myself, they are bickering, or I want to be intentional in playing with them. Some days we do three things, some days we do 10. It breaks up the boredom of every day life and puts some routine and creativity into our schedule.
A FEW TIPS FOR USING THE CHART
- Use this chart as a tool to HELP YOURSELF and SLOW DOWN, not to add to your already busy schedule.
- Pick off the chart yourself sometimes if the house is a mess and you want some chores done, or you want the kids to go in the backyard for a bit.
- Don’t have a laminator? Just use magnets to cover up the squares OR place it in a sheet protector.
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