A kids morning routine chart is a GREAT way to make your mornings easier! Put your kids on the path to independence, and encourage them to do things for themselves with the help of this printable morning chart!
My 10 year old daughter makes a PERFECT two-egg cheese omelette. The eggs are perfectly cooked, and the cheese is nice and melted. She even makes omelettes for her 8 year old sister, since she’s too young to use the stove by herself.
You see, a few months ago my kids decided to go on a cereal strike. They refused to eat cereal for breakfast every morning, so gone was my quick go-to morning meal. Instead they wanted eggs. EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING.
And I obliged for about a week. But as a work from home Mom, I really didn’t want to spend 30 minutes cooking breakfast every day and another 15 minutes cleaning the kitchen.
So I taught my daughter how to make her own omelettes. And now a few mornings a week, she even makes me breakfast in bed.
Does that make me sound like a lazy parent? Probably.
But I think it’s important for kids to be independent self-starters. By having my kids do things for themselves, I’m encouraging them to have a great work ethic when they’re older. If my girls want something in life, I want them to figure out how to get it.
Even if it’s a cheese omelette.
So what does that have to do with a kids morning routine chart?
A daily routine chart is an easy way to encourage kids to do things for themselves from a young age. You shouldn’t have to be holding your child’s hand every single morning through all of his or her morning tasks. Instead, let a chart be a helpful guide to remind kids what they need to do next.
Here’s how to create your own kids morning routine chart to encourage your child’s independence:
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Why You’ll LOVE This Kids’ Morning Chart:
- Flexibility – You can change the picture routine cards each day of the week, and still keep track of the days during the week that your kids complete their responsibilities.
- Motivation – Your kids will love checking things off their chart, and they’ll be motivated to get more “checks”!
- Cute Pictures – The picture chore cards are perfect for younger kids!
- Different Chart Options – My printable morning charts come with 2 different base charts – one with space for 8 morning tasks and one for space with 12 different morning jobs. Use whichever one fits your needs best!
- TONS of Picture Cards – This morning routine chart comes in a bundle with bedtime routine charts, a chore chart, and a daily responsibilities chart… and 120 different picture cards!
How to make a Morning Routine Chart that works for YOU
The key to a successful kids chart is personalization. There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all option, because everyone’s routines are different. That’s why I created these Chore Charts for Kids.
Your kids’ morning routine will probably vary a bit depending on the day of the week and the time of year. For instance, you wouldn’t have “Put on jacket” on your child’s chart in the middle of May, and your kids don’t need to “Pack backpacks” on a Saturday.
So when you’re creating your kids morning routine chart, be sure to allow flexibility from day to day. Here are more tips for creating the perfect daily routine chart:
Brainstorm morning routine tasks to add to your chart.
Think about everything that your child needs to do on a typical morning, and write it all down in order, starting when they first get out of bed. Morning jobs could include things like:
- Wake up when the alarm goes off.
- Make bed.
- Get dressed.
- Put pajamas in clothes hamper.
- Put on socks and shoes.
- Eat breakfast.
- Clear dishes from breakfast.
- Brush and floss teeth.
- Brush hair.
- Make snack for school.
- Make water bottle for school.
- Get lunchbox packed for school.
- Gather important school papers.
- Pack backpack.
- Feed pets.
Create your own morning routine chart.
After you’ve got a list of morning routine jobs for kids, then it’s time to make your chart. Here are some ideas for how to create a morning routine chart:
- Use a whiteboard. You can use thin washi tape to make grid lines on a whiteboard, and fill in the chart with dry erase markers.
- Use a chalkboard. You can use a yard stick and chalk to draw straight lines for your chart, and check off tasks as they are completed with colorful chalk.
- Buy a pre-made magnetic chart. You can find magnetic morning charts like this one on Amazon.
- Use a printable morning routine chart. You can check out my printable kids routine charts at the end of this post!
Find a dedicated space for your kids chart.
Hang your routine chart someplace where your kids can see it easily, and make sure it’s in the same spot everyday. On your fridge or in your family command center are great places to display your kids morning routine chart so that they see it and are reminded of the tasks that need to be completed.
It sounds funny to say, but kids will need to get in the routine of checking their morning routine charts. You can’t just put up a new chart, show them how to use it, and expect for the chart to be a success.
For the first few weeks, you will need to remind your kids to reference their routine charts, and be consistent about marking things off the list. When kids come to you to ask what they need to do next, rather than telling them what to do, have them look at their morning routine chart for the answer.
After a few weeks of consistently reminding your kids to use their charts, they should be much more self-reliant in the mornings.
Offer rewards when kids complete their morning routines.
I’m a big fan of positive reinforcement (giving something) rather than negative punishment (taking something away). So, I have no problem rewarding my kids for good behaviors. When my girls were little I even used Kindness Charts for them to reward their acts of kindness towards others.
Here are some ways you can reward your younger kids for completing their routine charts:
- Ice cream date – Let your child pick the spot!
- Mini Dollar Tree shopping spree – My kids LOVED this when they were younger! You can let your child pick a few things from the store without blowing your budget.
- Cash – My kids currently get $1 per week for every year old they are for completing their chore charts… so my 8 year old gets $8 per week.
- Movie Night – Let your child pick a movie from Redbox or Netflix and pop some popcorn for a fun treat for the whole family!
*And you can check out this post for a TON of other awesome reward ideas for kids!
Assembling the Kids Morning Chart and Routine Cards
There is a little bit of work involved to assemble the charts. You’ll need to print, cut, laminate, and add Velcro to the routine charts. But once you’re done, you’ll be well on your way to stress-free mornings!
Here’s how to put the DIY morning chart together:
- Print out the charts and picture cards on white card stock or heavier weight printer paper (like 32 lb). The Routine Chart Bundle printable comes with two different morning routine charts to choose from – one that has room for 8 different morning jobs and one for 12 different jobs.
- Cut out individual picture job cards. I definitely recommend using a paper trimmer to make this process faster, and to get nice and straight lines.
- Laminate the chore/routine cards and the base morning routine chart. I could fit about 24 cards in one laminating pouch. You should place the cards in the pouch so that there is a border of at least 1/4″ to 1/2″ of space between the cards. That way, the pouch can get a nice good seal around each card as it goes through the laminator.
- Cut out the laminated picture job cards. **Be sure to leave about 1/8″ to 1/4″ lamination around each card to not break the seal.
- Attach velcro circles to the backs of chore cards. Be sure that you place the softer fluffy side of the velcro circles on the actual chart, and the rougher spike-y side of the velcro on the back of the picture cards. That way, you can easily swap out the picture cards each day as needed.
Then your kids’ morning chart is ready to use!
Just attach the jobs that your kids need to complete each morning, like “Clear Breakfast Dishes” and “Get Dressed“. At the end of the day, if your kids completed their morning chart, then put a check mark on that day at the bottom of the chart. Then, you can swap out the cards for the next day.
This is especially handy if your kids have a different morning routine on the weekdays for school versus on the weekends!
Want more detailed instructions for how to assemble the charts and the specific supplies that I used? You can check out this post for how to create you own chore charts with this printable!
Printable Kids Morning Routine Chart
Want to grab this printable kids’ morning routine chart to try with your own kids? These charts are available in my shop at the link down below in a bundle with Nighttime Routine Charts, a Chore Chart, and a Kids’ Daily Schedule chart!
And the printable Chore Chart and Routine Bundle comes with 120 different picture cards that can be used on ALL of the charts!
Want more Mom hacks for how to have an easy week with kids? Check out this post for a Sunday Routine for Moms to make life easier!
How do you encourage your kids to be independent? What are some of the tasks your kids do as part of their morning routine? Dance party? Chores? Or are you just lucky to drag them out of bed each morning? Leave me a comment down below!
And happy nesting!