Routine cards are a wonderful way to help ease transitions and reduce meltdowns for children. They are also a powerful tool to help nurture independence, build predictability and allow our little ones to feel like they have some control.
This set of cards will take your toddler from early childhood to the new season of schooling and responsibilities.
Includes the following routine cards:
Wake up, Put on shoes, Toilet x2, Eat breakfast, Get dressed, Brush teeth x2, Brush hair, Put on sunscreen, Put on hat, Put on jacket, Gloves/Scarf, Wash face x2, Make bed, Free time, Play outside, Change nappy, Eat lunch, Quiet play, Nap time, Eat snack, Pack up, Swimming, Shopping, Park, Family time, Car trip, Catch bus, Pack lunch, Bike ride, Library, Pack bag, Unpack bag, School, Play sport, Music lesson, Play date, Clean room, Clean toy room, Do laundry, Do chores, Do dishes, Dentist, Take vitamins, Water plants, Wash hands, Mindfulness, Listen to music, Craft time, Care for pet, Cooking, Daycare, Exercise, Clean bathroom, Homework, Screen time, Doctor, Take medication, Study, Take out rubbish, Help cook dinner, Set the table, Lights out, Get a drink, Brush teeth, Eat dinner, Story time, Bath/shower, Pyjamas, Cuddle time, Bed time
Establishing daily routines are important for toddlers and children to help build a sense of predictability, which in turn helps them feel safe and secure.
It is also a valuable stepping stone to help them feel heard and understood, by allowing them to have input into how their day is structured.
We do acknowledge there is not a foolproof way to completely eradicate tantrums nor would you want to as they are a normal part of child development, but if you wish to bring the tantrum count down a little we've found in our research that implementing routine cards help for the following reasons:
Predictability - when your child knows what to expect and when to expect it they will trust in you and feel safe and secure. When you keep food and sleep consistent they are less likely to be overtired or hungry which can be triggers for toddler tantrums.
Autonomy - when you give your little one the chance, within acceptable boundaries, to choose or control their own actions you'll find them to be happier to comply. For instance, when it's time to get ready for bed your conversation perhaps could begin with "would you like to get dressed in your pyjamas or brush your teeth first?".
Feeling understood - long gone are the days when kids were only seen and not heard. Validating your child's requests, needs and feelings not only builds their self-confidence but their relationship and respect with you.
You could start by choosing a quiet time in the morning or evening to introduce the concept to your child. Lay the cards out and explain that you would love their input to plan their daily rhythm. This visual schedule does not need to adhere to a strict timeline, but more to help them navigate which activity is to occur next.
We've seen our cards being used in many wonderful ways in households and classrooms across the globe. Our personal favourite is hanging string across a wall, then using little pegs to fasten each card.
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