90 Days of Summer Fun: Thriving on Structure

Magnetic schedule cards like these can help add a sense of structure to your child's day

Kids thrive on structure…even in the summer.  Just like the rest of us, they want to have consistency in their lives. That doesn’t mean we can’t mix it up and be spontaneous, but with the summer and a change of schedule from their usual school routine, it’s good to give them some constants.

In school, kids often have a schedule of  the day’s events, and often with a timeline mapped out clearly on their classroom whiteboard. You can make one too, as simple or complex as you’d like.

Print the names and/or images of your child engaging in common activities that you can use as visual schedule cards. With your child, select the basics, then empower her to choose her favorite options for the day.

We love magnetic boards for displaying the cards.  Use existing magnetic letters and numbers with your schedule cards for learning the day of the week, the date, and chores, daily expectations and routines, as well as fun things you have planned for the day. And if visits with family, friends or other trips are planned, create special cards for those too.

“I Do It” Activity— If you want to make the Schedule Cards yourself, use a page layout program and print onto magnetic paper that is easy to find at your local office supply store.

Jade’s ToyBox also sells a pre-set selection of Visual Schedule Cards in our Daily Grind Box.


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