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Morning Routine Activity for Kids – Getting Dressed


Establishing a morning routine activity centered around getting dressed is a valuable way to promote independence, responsibility, and self-care skills in children. By incorporating a structured and consistent routine, you can help your child develop a sense of ownership and confidence in getting ready for the day.

I came up with this activity to get kids excited about taking on this part of their daily routine!

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Getting Dressed Activity Materials:

  • Body Outline
  • Clothing Images {I created this document. Please don’t distribute. For personal use only.)
  • Small Plastic Baskets
  • Glue
  • Markers

Getting Dressed Activity Approach:

  1. Prepare the small plastic baskets ahead of time with the clothing images
  2. Have each child take a body outline template
  3. Explain that the activity is to “Help {Child’s Name} Get Dressed”
  4. Have the children glue images onto the body outline
  5. Encourage the children to use markers to make the face and include any other additional uniqueness

We had tons of fun mixing and matching outfits. I wish I had an image of the leopard print outfit my 3-year-old came up with for his “girl”. Smiles all around!

Children’s Books that focus on the Theme of Getting Dressed

  1. Froggy Gets Dressed” by Jonathan London In this playful and humorous book, Froggy attempts to get dressed for a winter adventure but encounters hilarious mishaps along the way. It’s a fun story that introduces children to different clothing items and the concept of getting dressed in layers.
  2. Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney While not specifically about getting dressed in the morning, this beloved book follows little Llama’s bedtime routine, including putting on pajamas. It’s a comforting and relatable story that highlights the comforting rituals of getting ready for bed.
  3. The Jacket I Wear in the Snow” by Shirley Neitzel This interactive book takes young readers through the process of getting dressed for a snowy day. With lively rhymes and engaging illustrations, children can follow along and learn about the sequence of putting on winter clothing.
  4. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems is a delightful and imaginative children’s book. It tells the story of Wilbur, a naked mole rat who discovers the joy of wearing clothes, even though all the other naked mole rats in his community think it’s strange.
  5. Getting Dressed with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud s a charming children’s book. It follows the adorable characters Lily and Milo as they go through the process of getting dressed, introducing young readers to the routine of getting ready in the morning.
  6. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine is a delightful children’s book. It tells the story of Ella Sarah, a spirited young girl with a strong sense of personal style and a determination to express herself through her unique fashion choices.

These books provide engaging narratives and illustrations that can help children develop an understanding of the process and importance of getting dressed while making it an enjoyable experience.

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