It’s no secret that kids need routines. They feel secure when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. Establishing a daily routine for your kids can be a bit of a challenge, but with these 12 brilliant chore chart ideas, it can be done!
From using task cards to using an online calendar, there is sure to be an idea here that will work for your family. So get started today and watch as your children thrive within the structure and predictability of their new routine!
Chore Charts for kids are an essential addition to any home. To make my point, have you looked on Amazon lately? You will find dozens of pages of routine charts will pop up. It is shocking but not.
Parents are eager to find a way to implement routine in their everyday lives. Plus, a daily routine for kids is necessary to thrive in life, and visual charts help to achieve that goal. This post includes printable chore & routine chart ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.
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Who has searched for ways to make life a bit more simple?
Plus, the research is in – chores and routine are good for kids. Kind of common sense, but it’s nice to have the research to back up those feelings. Chore charts teach kids responsibility and essential life skills. The best part about this list of chore charts is that you can quickly adapt them to the whole family.
Growing up, we did not have a fancy chore chart or routine cards. Looking back, I would have appreciated a visual schedule of my duties around our home.
Somehow my mom made it work.
We completed chores, earned a small allowance, and handled our daily routines as best we could. Motivating kids is tricky. Be careful with giving kids rewards such as sticker charts and other goodies! You want the motivation to come from working hard and caring for yourself.
Kudos to my mom’s fantastic stuff. As a parent, I realize how difficult achieving a routine and chore system is. So, I’ll take all the help and use all the tools I can get my hands on!
Why is Routine So Important?
I love the perspective from Lauren at Military Mom & Wife found in her article Boundaries, Routines, and Early Bedtimes: 13 Habits That Raise Well-Adjusted Kids:
“There’s so much of childhood that is new and challenging for kids. Learning self-control and empathy. Learning how to be a friend and interact with others. These are all very BIG things for kids.
Using something as simple as these printable routine cards can help kids feel grounded and relaxed. Knowing what to expect at mealtimes, mornings, and bedtimes can bring a sense of relief to even the most carefree child.”
Why are Chores So Important?
Children are capable of so much. However, in today’s busy world with overscheduled kids and parents with little to no capacity, adults often forgo that important fundamental fact.
Furthermore, as we Montessorians know, giving kids responsibility and ownership develops confidence and independence, which leads to resilience, purpose, and focus. ‘
Yes, I know, sometimes it is “just easier” to do the household work and not give the kids an opportunity to prove themselves. Let’s make a pact. Let’s stop rushing our kids and provide them the space to do well and mess up! Failure is critical to truly learning and succeeding in many areas of life!
First, let me tell you this piece of information: there are a million and one ways to create a daily chore & routine for kids. I think a lot about this topic from a big-picture perspective.
I added a few ideas to chew on at the end of this post.
I work on our routine every day.
So, you can trust me, these daily routine charts for kids are the best out there. Your job is to find the best routine that works for your family, whether it includes a chart or not. I found these fantastic daily routine charts on a quest for my family. I thought you might be interested.
Why do you need kids’ charts?
My sons are 5 and 3.5 years old. So, these daily routine charts are thoroughly vetted for the toddler, preschooler, and elementary-aged child in your life! I have never been great at establishing a daily routine. I have always been stuck between “going with the flow” and planning beyond necessity.
Over time I have realized that much like a Montessori classroom, we must provide a well-planned environment at home. There must be boundaries and structure, but with a lot of freedom within those boundaries.
Giving your child ownership of his responsibilities in the house is vital. Telling a child that he must do x, or clean up y, will not be nearly as effective.
You might want to start here: Toddler Bedtime Routine Charts
So, finding a routine and chore system that works for your family is the way to go. Now that we have three young children, we see the crucial benefit of establishing a routine and, maybe even more importantly, slowing down. Kids’ chores are a part of that shift.
What should be on a chore chart?
This part can be customized to your child and your family. Here is a short list of what we include on our chore charts:
- Cleaning out backpacks
- Bringing dirty laundry to the laundry room
- Changing laundry from the washer to the dryer
- Bringing clean clothes to your room
- Load & empty the dishwasher
- Empty dishwasher
- Prepare snacks & lunch for school
- Sweeping shared spaces
- Vacuum shared spaces
- Feed dogs and fill water bowls
- Break down boxes for recycling
- Change sheets
- Clean up room
- Take out & bring in trash and recycling
- Dusting shelves and window sills
- Cleaning bathrooms
- Harvest vegetables & herbs from the garden
- Help plan meals for the work/school week
- Clean windows & mirrors
- Water plants
- Changing out hand towels in bathrooms
- Clean & organize fridge & freezer
- Clean & organize pantry
- Wipe down windows & walls
- Clean microwave
- Vacuuming furniture
- Wiping down woodwork
- Shampoo dogs
- Wipe down & vacuum car interior
Now, do my kids do all this stuff? No way! These chores give us a deep pocket of chores from which to choose!
So, with that introduction, I have been doing some research, and, of course, I must share that research with you! Below are the BEST Routine & Chore Chart Ideas for Kids. Now, which one(s) shall we use? I’ll soon let you know!
12 Amazing Daily Routine & Chore Charts for Kids
Modern Routine for Toddlers from Dandee Designs
I appreciate the simplicity of the design of this printable chore template. As a result, the child will not be (as) overwhelmed using the simple icons and calm colors, which are perfect for the morning routine and evening routine.
Printable Routines from Life Your Way
The use of visuals is essential in my family. For example, these daily routine templates print nicely and are an excellent start for little ones.
DIY Daily Routine Chart for Kids from Listening in the Litany
Such a fantastic way to get kids involved using their little hands. The simple labels and ease of use with this routine chart are a big plus. In my home, we have to be flexible, and this tool allows us to be flexible.
Routine Chart from Keeping Life Creative
The flexibility of this approach is a significant bonus. Using a dry-erase board and visuals that can be moved around is practical and realistic. Plus, it gets kids involved in their day.
Routine Chart with Real Images from Curious Minds, Pure Hearts
This DIY chore chart is too adorable. What an extraordinary approach for introducing young children to a routine. Including the child in the image is brilliant, as kids relate to themselves well! Kids will be determined to complete their chores!
Creative Chore Charts from Workman Family
This chart is so intelligent with the chores listed simply & visually appealing. In addition, I love the “flip over when you’re done” aspect of the routine chart.
Morning and Afternoon Routine Cards from Living Locurto
Such a cute set of routine cards. I couldn’t resist. The design is approachable, and kids won’t be overwhelmed by it.
Photo Flip Chart from Honey and Hope
Using real photos is key because kids can relate to authentic images much more than clip art!
Simple Routine Flip Chart from My Name is Snickerdoodle
Not only will the child get involved in this routine chart, he might also learn a bit of language. Connecting the visual with the words is smart because having the element of surprise by pulling down the velcro is the perfect way to hook a child.
Visual Schedule from Weeds to Wishes
This visual chart is too pretty not to check out. Plus, using clothespins is a great way to involve the child and include flexibility in the schedule.
Morning and Bedtime Routine Charts from I Heart Organizing
I love the colors in these charts. The language and the colors are inviting and fun for kids and adults!
I am adding this amazing routine chart to this list recently discovered from Childhood 101. Why? Because of its simplicity and combined teaching kids about money!
Helpful Resources for Routine & Chore Charts
Related Reads on Chores
- The Secret to Positive Discipline – Why Time Outs Aren't Enough
- How to Start Chores with Young Kids
- Age-Appropriate Chores & Daily Schedules for Kids
- Chores Versus Contributions
- Chores and Routine are Good for Kids
- Montessori Parenting