This Bedtime Routine Printable will help your kids establish a successful independent bedtime routine! Available completed or blank, so you can customize it to fit your needs.
* This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated with more detailed step-by-step instructions and new pictures.
These Pre-K Chore Charts are something that I used with all 3 of my children when they were younger! The post was quite outdated, so I decided to give it a face lift! I still really love these designs and know they can be every beneficial to those of you with littles!
The design is very simple — each day is on a separate page with a separate checklist. These were designed for kids that are ages 2-4, so majority of what is on the completed Little Kid Chore Charts are practical skills that young kids need to learn to do individually. I also like to have at least 1 skill on each day they can do from start to finish without any help on there! As they get older, they should be able to do more and more independently each day.
When I first created these Nathan was 3, I believe. Below is a run down on the tasks I put on the Pre-K Charts way back then and how/why I incorporated them into his Chore Charts:
Also, I personally laminate all mine and then put magnet strips on the back. I put all of them on the side of the fridge and the appropriate day Chore Chart on the front of the fridge. Then, my kids used dry erase markers or dry erase crayons to mark off the job once it is completed! That way he is only looking at the tasks that I expect him to complete that day and no others!
Click the buttons below to download the completed or blank PDF’s of the chore charts. They’ll download as a ZIP file.
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Its back to school time! Both Pam and my kids are in school as of today! We wanted to share a great way to help control the technology or TV watching now that school has started! Hours are precious when you already have to share your kids with school, and you don’t want to waste to many of the hours you do have with technology!
They are easy to use. In order to play on the iPad or computer they have to turn their tokens in for time. It’s an easy way to keep track of the time they are playing on devices, without too much effort. It also gives them control over how much they use at one time. You can decide how much is the right amount for your child.
You can also decide what system works best for your family – whether you hand them out daily or weekly! I know Pam is going to pass them out daily, because her children are younger (6 and under) and it’s harder for them to understand that if they use them they’ll be out for the week.
I would suggest printing on cardstock and if you want you could laminate them too!
I left a background on the image so you can cut them with straight paper cutter and they are still cute. Or if you want you can cut them into circles.
This post was originally published on 30 Handmade Days on July 31, 2014
I’ve been in my new house a month now and finally feeling somewhat settled. I still have lots of decorating and projects, but at least there aren’t any boxes left (aside from in the unfinished basement). This last week I was feeling overwhelmed trying to keep up on the daily chores and pickup, so I decided it was time for me to figure out my new cleaning schedule for this house.
Back in 2011 Lisa shared a Mommy Chore Chart that I started using almost immediately. I loved the simplicity of it and how it looked on my fridge. It was easy to reference being that it was in the heart of my home – the kitchen. I wanted to add a little color to it, so I put together this little version of it! It’s really similar, just has a title and the added color.
For mine – I took it into Photoshop and typed my chores in it. Then I printed it on cardstock and laminated it using my Scotch Laminator! If you don’t want to type your chores on, you can also just write the chores in. Or even laminate it and then use a dry erase marker to write the chores on each week. After it was laminated I put a couple magnet strips on the back, so it easily can be removed from the fridge when needed.
Right before the move – our old vacuum died on us. I have always loved Shark Vacuums – they are so easy to handle and they are so light weight! I have loved my new vacuum – the Shark Rocket. It is (like all Shark products) very light weight and SO easy to handle.
But, my most favorite feature is that it has the ability to be handheld! YOU GUYS – I no longer hate vacuuming my stairs! I literally would skip them sometimes in my old house… that’s how much I hated them! haha!
I also love how it tucks under my couches so well. Our main level has all wood floors, so there gets to be lots of dust, crumbs, etc that collect right around the edge of our couches. I love that I am able to just vacuum under the edges. I also love the under appliance wand that is available! How freaking rad is that? We all know that we should be cleaning under our appliances like 4 times as much as we are.
Also, because it’s so small you can store it almost anywhere. I have mine storing in an oversized utility closet. In my old house I stuffed it into the front coat closet. Which mean every time I would get a coat in and out I had to make sure not to knock the vacuum over. So, I have really enjoyed the storage option.
If you have a lot of carpet in your house, I would suggest upgrading to the Shark Rocket Pro. It has a larger tank, but still with all the premium tools! You really can’t go wrong with any Shark products though!
Have a great day!
Shark Vacuum provided me with compensation for this post. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Nathan has outgrown my Pre-K Chore Charts over the last year, so I decided to make him a new Summer Chore Chart to use this summer. If this system works for him, then I’ll adapt it into a long term Chore System later in the summer that can be used all the time! I also designed these fun Summer Fun Calendars to match this chore chart set!
I’ve heard it’s a first born thing, but Nathan really likes to be involved and doing what I’m doing. Sometimes too much! He is pretty much capable of getting ready for the day and doings most things by himself, but the problem is he doesn’t WANT to do it by himself. He wants everything to be a family activity! haha 🙂 He’ll be 5 in a few months and come this Fall he’ll be starting morning Kindergarten and Jeffrey will be in morning preschool a couple days a week. I need Nathan to be able to just get himself all ready and his room picked up in the morning by himself, cause I’m going to have a baby and a preschooler to be getting fed and ready in the morning too! So, that is what I am going to have him focus on this summer – morning independence!
I do plan on starting Jeffrey on the Pre-K Chore Charts this summer as well! He isn’t as naturally obedient as my Nathan was, but he is a lot more independent. I’m starting this whole “chore” idea on him later then I did with Nathan, but now that he is 3 I’m thinking we can expect some good results from him! Hopefully, we’ll have a great summer of helping my boys create good habits of helping around the house!
I created 6 design choices for you all! I am offering the file as JPG’s completed and blank. You can totally use the ones that I designed for Nathan or you can import the blank files into an editing program and customize it for your child. If you don’t have an editing program, then you can go to http://www.aviary.com/ and edit them there. It’s a really great and FREE site!
The font I have used for my chore titles is LDJ Eccentric. You can download it HERE for $3. I actually got it from Lettering Delights one day when they were offering it for a limited time Free! Be sure to read THIS post on how to Use and Install Fonts if you don’t have experience with downloading fonts off the web.
Now for the design choices and download links!
I hope these can help your kids keep good habits in the summer in between all their non-stop play and fun!
You may also be interested in looking at our: Mommy Chore Charts, Summer Reading Charts and Pre-K Chore Charts!
Looking for things to do with your kids this summer? Check out our: 60 days of Summer Fun w/ Printable Cards, Summer Fun Calendars or What We Do in the Summertime Jar!
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Pam shared our summer reading chart yesterday. When we made them I envisioned using them a little differently for our family. I have a plan this summer to make sure my boys are getting their jobs done before they are playing. I took a blank form and wrote their names on the top and then everything that needs to be done BEFORE they can play. I have some baskets that I bought and put up for each of them in the hallway between their playroom and bedroom. You can download the blank charts in our Summer Reading Chart post!
I wanted a place that their school folder, Scout book, Faith in God book, and their journal would go so we would always know where they are.
Pam printed blank charts and laminated them for me. Then I used clips to clip them to the front of their baskets. Using a Sharpie I wrote their names and their chores along the left side. You can use a Sharpie on something that is laminated, you just have to use a Magic Eraser to get it off.
We have been trying a new way to help our kids stay in bed at night – please tell me our kids are not the only ones that WONT stay in bed when its bedtime! How many drinks and times do they need to go to the bathroom in an hour! On the very top of their charts the left side says “Stay in Bed.” The right side says “10 minutes of Club Penguin.” Each night they stay in bed I put a check in one of those boxes. Thursday is Club Penguin day around our house, so now I add up how many checks they have and for each check they get 10 minutes to play. Last week there was exactly ZERO minutes earned! Oh goodness – there were some rough nights around our house! This week they have been way better since they were so sad that they didn’t get to play last week.
The other things I have going down their morning chart are:
Clean room/Make bed
Each of them have something different for reading. For Caleb it is reading for 30 minutes. Davis has to practice sight words, and Beckham has to read a book with me. We will be using our chore chart to track their chores. Although we have gotten rid of the reward system. I go back and forth on this. On one hand I think its a great motivator. On the other hand my kids think they should get something for cleaning up their stuff and I’m not okay with that. We all live here and they have to learn how to clean up after themselves. Any thoughts on rewards for chores?
This chart is a great visual of what it takes to be ready to play each day. I think I’m going to make it a habit to put our Do not Knock sign up and when they get their chart done I will take it down.
You can print the blank charts off in our Summer Reading Charts Post.