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I cannot believe it, but my sweet baby is starting preschool. I feel like I just brought her home from the hospital, ya’ll. For real.
So now that she has to get up early and get ready to get out the door, our morning routine is a little hectic and rushed. In order to get a morning routine down, I decided to make a flip chart for Maggie to use to help her remember everything she needs to do before we rush out the door.
And guess what?! You can make this too with the free printable task cards and these instructions. It took less than 20 minutes to make!
- Thick scrapbook paper or cardstock
- The free printable morning routine cards I provide. So simple to print out and cut out for the morning routine chart
- Glue or tape
So here is how you make it:
1. Place your cardstock (of any color) width way so it is wider, rather than longer. You are going to fold it long ways. In school they used to say fold it “hotdog” or fold it “hamburger.” Wow, does that date me or what?! This time you are folding “hotdog.”
- Print the free task cards by clicking here.
- Glue the “Morning Routine” wording from the printable onto the top of the cardstock (inside of the fold). I added some scrapbook paper to the background of it just to add some more color but that is optional.
- Measure the length of the cardstock equally so that you have 5 squares (1 for each task card). When you print the task cards, they are 2″ x 2″. Glue the task cards to the top of the inside fold in the order that you want your child to do their routine.
5. Cut slits in the cardstock up to the inside fold. Do not cut past the task cards. Now you have the flaps!
- Also on the free printable will be five cards that say “done.” You will need to cut them out and then glue them on the flip squares, so when you flip up each square and velcro it shut it will say “done.”
- Next you will need to cut small velcro squares and place them on your routine chart. You will place one on top of each morning routine card and the other piece on the inside flap of the individual squares. This way when the child finishes a task they can flip that one up to say “done” and move on to the next morning task.
And there you have a Morning routine chart that is toddler and child friendly. My daughter loves this because she uses the pictures to see what she still has to do. Plus she loves flipping up the flaps when she is finished.
Also part of our morning routine are quick and easy breakfasts. Because I feel like I am always rushing out the door, I always grab a LALA® Yogurt Smoothie to drink on the way to dropping Maggie off at preschool. They are delicious and are totally my new obsession. The wild strawberry is my favorite flavor. They have 5 grams of protein, so I always feel full and energized when I drink them. Sometimes I will also eat a package of nuts and get a few more grams of protein and I am good to go for the morning. I also love to drink this throughout the day as a simple snack too!
I actually set it right by the door in our backpack station so it’s ready to go when we run out the door!
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So that is how we make our morning routines less chaotic and rushed! I can’t wait to hear how your morning routine chart works for you! Let me know!