These magnetic morning routine charts for kids will help everyone get ready for school. They’re great for both preschool and elementary kids!
Mornings have never been my favorite time of day… and once I started trying to get two young kids up, dressed, teeth brushed, shoes on, fed breakfast, packed up, and out the door for school and preschool, I began to truly dread them. The combination of my low-blood-caffeine level, bleary-eyed kiddos, and time crunch just never seems to end well!
B started Kindergarten last Fall, and I knew I needed a morning routine game plan to get everyone calmly ready and out the door. So I made these fun and simple magnetic morning routine charts for the kids. I included bedtime routines on here too. Now everyone knows exactly what is expected in the morning (and before bedtime) and I don’t have to give 50 gazillion reminders!
And as you can see, these can be customized for different aged kids. B has words written on her magnets, and for E, I drew very simple pictures.
How to Make Morning routine charts
I’m going to show you exactly what I used and how I did it, and you can customize yours any way you like. Sound good?
- magnetic board (I picked up mine for around $7 each on sale at Hobby Lobby- I just checked yesterday and they still carry them!) THESE magnetic chalkboards from Amazon look like they would work well too.
- round wood craft coins
- wood letters
- round craft magnets
- crazy or super glue
- acrylic paint
- paint pen (I used white)
- washi tape
- chalkboard sticker labels (these are my favorites)
1. make a list of routine steps for each child- morning and evening
2. Paint wood coins.
Mine took two coats. Be sure they’re completely dry before moving on to step 3!
3. write or draw each routine item on a wood coin.
For B, who can read now, I just wrote them out. E isn’t reading yet, so I drew a very simple picture for her instead. If you mess up or your paint pen runs, just paint over it and try again. No big deal!
4. Glue the magnets on.
Once the paint pen is dry, use a strong glue to attach the magnets to the back of the wood coins. (I used hot glue the first time around and the kids enjoyed pulling them apart- no good!) This year I’m using Super Glue. Be careful with this stuff… gluing fingers together is for real!
5. apply washi tape lines.
Last year when I made these charts, I just drew dividing lines with a white paint pen. That didn’t show up very well against the galvanized metal, so this time I’m using washi tape to make the lines more pronounced. Apply the tape in a straight line down the center, and another straight line dividing the top and bottom halves of the magnetic board.
6. draw & cut out arrows.
I used some of my favorite chalkboard sticker labels to make arrows.
7. draw or make “to do” and “done” labels.
I used these chalkboard sticker labels– they’re my favorites and I use them all over the house. You’ll see them in pretty much every organizing post I do! Use a paint pen rather than a chalk pen- otherwise, you’ll be constantly having to re-write it.
8. mount the boards on the wall.
Add your magnets, and you’re done!
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