DIY Visual Schedule For Kids

School starts next week and we are so not ready!  Summer seems like it has flown by and we are savoring these precious last days of sleeping in, staying in pajamas well into the afternoon, swimming, and staying up late.  This really is the first summer that all of my kids have slept in…and by sleeping in, I mean, not getting up until after 7:30.  I am a night owl, so that extra hour and a half in the morning is glorious for this mama!

The last couple of weeks, I have been taking little steps to prepare for the upcoming school year, cleaning out clothes that are too small and shopping for new clothes and shoes.  But I know that the hardest part for my kids will be the transition from lazy summer mornings to the “get up and go” school morning routine.  So this week, I created this simple and inexpensive visual schedule to help my 7 year old daughter adjust to the new norm.

Watch my tutorial to learn how to create one of your own.  I’m including the template that I used with the morning routine icons and the words that go with each.  The video gives you step by step instructions.  Here’s a list of what you will need…



I would love to hear some of your best tips for helping your kids transition from summer to a new school year.


4 thoughts on “DIY Visual Schedule For Kids

  1. I made this and it is very cute and effective visual for our 5 year old. I made one for the bathroom and “How to wash hands” is easily understood without our repeating the steps 100 times a day. We have one for “Evening – Before Bed”, to prepare his backpack and clothes for the next day. He is excited to use these. We hope with his ADHD behaviors, that it helps him feel more accomplished vs directed by us. Great idea that is inexpensive!

    However, I am having difficulty with the magnets. What are you using that actually sticks to each other, or is attracted as an opposite polarization? I have magnetic tape, and I have learned it is not meant to stick to itself.


    1. I am so glad to hear that these visual schedules have been helpful for your child. I also used magnetic tape and it worked great. I did have to use glue along with the sticky side of the magnet because the magnets kept sticking together instead of staying on the card stock. Maybe try a different brand of magnets or magnet tape. I can’t remember the brand I used as I made this years ago.


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