Morning Routine Chart for Kids – Do you need a tool to help your children get moving in the mornings? This morning routine chart for children will help you foster good habits in your children by giving them the structure they need to be more independent in the mornings. Get your FREE Editable Morning Routine Chart below.
There’s nothing worse than to start the school year with a hectic morning. It’s supposed to be a new year and an exciting time, but the power struggles can be exhausting, especially with younger kids. I can’t wait for you to use our printables to build a healthy morning routine for you and your family. Let’s start the day off on a positive note using this simple daily routine checklist.
- Why Do You Need a Morning Routine Chart for Kids?
- Using a Morning Routine Chart for School
- Customizing the morning routine chart to fit your kid's needs
- The Morning Routine Chart is now an Editable PDF
- What to put on a morning routine chart?
- Using a morning routine chart for more than just school days
- Get your Morning Routines Chart for Children
- NEW Kids Morning Routine Chart Added
- Print your FREE Morning Routine Chart
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Why Do You Need a Morning Routine Chart for Kids?
Last year we struggled through the first few weeks of school and I knew something had to change. When the kids woke up they just didn’t know what to expect.
Unlike adults, they didn’t have morning routines established yet. As adults, we naturally do the same things every morning. I get up, go to the bathroom, go downstairs, drink water, start breakfast… it’s the same every.single.day.
Our children did not yet have this built-in habit and they didn’t know how to get ready for school without lots of instruction and hand-holding. So, I jotted down our typical morning routine, tweaked it a bit, and made this super simple list:
We try to get up before the kids in the morning so we can get dressed and caffeinated before they wake up. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Now, when they get up before us, they know just what to do.
They are both old enough to get their own breakfast and get dressed on their own so they don’t have to wait for us to remind them each morning that they need to get ready for school.
Strong morning routines starts the school day off smooth and makes the whole week less stressful while they also learn to build healthy habits. Our daily routine chart has made a world of difference and can be used with young kids and can be adapted for older kids as well.
Using a Morning Routine Chart for School
Another handy trick we’ve found is to keep the kid’s school uniforms or outfits on a bookshelf instead of in their drawers. No more digging around in drawers in the morning! After school when they get changed they know to put their uniform (if it’s clean) back on the bookshelf for the next day.
This has helped so much with their morning routine for school!
There have been mornings when I’ve woken up late to find fully clothed, fed, and ready-for-school kids. It’s amazing!! (trust me this is a very rare occurrence, but what a blessing to wake up to!) Not to mention the life skills they are learning, along with getting things done in a timely manner.
Customizing the morning routine chart to fit your kid’s needs
Remember that your morning routines are going to look different from ours. It has taken us time to find what works well for our kids and it might take you time too. For your littlest ones, you may need to give them much more guidance. Picking out their clothes for them, helping them get dressed, brushing their teeth and hair – all of these things will differ depending on how old your child is. You could also find some cute photos (routine cards) as a visual reminder, especially if they are not old enough to read yet.
We’ve found that every year we are updating our morning routine chart. I’ve even created different routines for our two children. For example, we go back and forth between having the kids get dressed before eating and getting dressed after eating. We try to be flexible about this.
Our son really hates getting dressed first and we realized that it wasn’t working well so we switched it for him. We also had an issue with the kids getting toothpaste on their uniform sweatshirts when brushing their teeth so we now have them brush their teeth BEFORE getting dressed. It has made a big difference!
The Morning Routine Chart is now an Editable PDF
The PDF file that you will receive (via email) can be edited using Adobe Reader, a free program. If you are using a Mac you can also edit this file using the Preview program that came with your computer.
On Adobe Reader, you will see blue text fields; these are the only areas that can be edited. This file will allow you to personalize your child’s routine with tasks to be completed each day.
You can even make the font smaller or larger so there’s enough space if you need to explain any of the morning jobs. Editable checklists are great when every morning may not look the same. You can label these with the day of the week and print them out ahead of time. I love these on days that the kids have sports and need to remember their equipment.
Get More Routine Charts:
- Morning Routine Printable
- After School Routine Printable
- Bedtime Routine Printable
- Daily Schedule for Kids
- Chore Chart for Kids
What to put on a morning routine chart?
- Make Bed
- Go to the bathroom
- Brush Teeth
- Wash Face
- Get Dressed
- Put Pj’s on the bed
- Eat Breakfast
- Take vitamins
- Drink water
- Put away breakfast dishes
- Get backpack and lunch bag
- Have a great day!
If you want to create a more visual schedule with routine cards, you can laminate our blank version and use velcro dots.
Using a morning routine chart for more than just school days
Do you homeschool?
Is it summer?
Do you just want to create a routine for your children to help them become more independent?
You can tailor this morning chart for your specific daily routines.
Maybe you have a list of morning chores or maybe you want to use this chart to outline your homeschool morning routine. I’d love to hear what you end up using the routine chart for! Leave me a comment and let me know!
Get your Morning Routines Chart for Children
You should receive your link via e-mail within the hour. Be sure you check your SPAM or Promotions folder if you’re not finding the e-mail. If, after an hour, you have not received your link, please contact me and I’ll help you figure out what happened.
NEW Kids Morning Routine Chart Added
I love making printables and after 6 years I thought it was time for a fun update to the Morning routine chart printable. I made this fun Morning Routine Chart. Now you will receive 2 fun morning routine charts to print and use at home.
The chart you receive will be blank so you can customize it however you would like. I love laminating these charts and writing on them with a wet-erase marker (the dry-erase makers can be messy!)
Print your FREE Morning Routine Chart
If you think that our morning routines would work in your home, you can get the printable for FREE below! We have ours hanging in the children’s bedrooms and on the fridge in the kitchen. I’d love to know how it works for you!
You can print this sign and laminate it, then simply write in your morning routine with a wet-erase marker or dry-erase marker.