From breakfast to bedtime, our visual daily routine chart has been a lifesaver. Yes, parenting can get chaotic. But it’s science: visual reminders give kids a tangible sense of time and order through the day. That’s why we made a printable daily schedule for kids and families.
Last year, when we were suddenly homeschooling full-time during the pandemic, our visual schedule was a huge help to us surviving.
Though my children are now back in school full-time, our daily routine chart reminds them how to jump-start the day and settle down after school.
In my 5-year-old child’s bedroom, we have an eye-catching visual daily schedule on the wall. Meanwhile, we have a portable version for both kids.
To make things easy for you, I made a printable daily schedule for kids that you can use at your home. These are our most effective printables in English, Chinese, and Korean!
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Benefits of a visual daily routine chart for kids
In order to be punctual and productive, adults and older kids depend on calendars and to-do lists. When tasks are written down and out of your head, it’s easier to get everything done in during the day. And it’s so satisfying to cross things off the list!
Even before kids can read, they can learn from visual daily routine charts. In addition to following the picture order, you can make it interactive by using clips to keep track of where you are in the day. When kids consistently follow a daily schedule, they will get better at:
- Following predictable routine – even with different caregivers
- Transitioning between activities
- Learning how to clean up after themselves
- Developing healthy habits (eg, drinking water, brushing teeth, using the potty)
- Becoming independent with completing tasks
- Feeling more confident about their abilities
- Being calm and in control of their day
Younger children have difficulty focusing on tasks and aren’t able to transition from one task to the next as easily as older kids.
Most young kids also don’t have a concept of time and will happily spend way more time than is necessary on certain tasks.
Having a routine gives them a sense of predictability and establishes order for the day, which is good for everyone!
For bilingual families, visual routine charts can remind parents and kids to speak the minority language.
For example, seeing Chinese characters on my children’s daily schedule reminds me to speak Mandarin. It’s also a great reference for reviewing common words.
Although my kids have been taking a break from learning Korean, seeing Hangul letters in our home normalizes this part of their heritage.
Download printable visual daily routine chart for kids
If you’re not sure where to start with making your own routine, start off with my printable schedule for kids. Over time, you can add and customize it to suit your family.
Since I’m all about learning new languages, I have three versions: English, Korean, and Chinese. Each of them comes with either photos or icons to make the chart more fun for the kids to look at.
Select the daily schedule for kids printable that you prefer most:
How to set up printable visual daily routine charts for kids
Wall-sized visual daily routine chart
This visual daily schedule is great for multiple kids in the house and the parents themselves to reference throughout the day. Place it in a high-traffic and easily visible part of the house. Together, the whole family can follow along with the day’s activities and to-do list.
- Monochrome or color printer
- White card stock paper
- Scissors, paper trimmer (eg, sliding wire cutter, guillotine trimmer)
- Painter’s tape
- Optional: Colored pencils, laminator
- Print full pages for wall-sized visual routine chart onto card stock
- Optional: laminate for durability
- Cut and affix to the wall with removable wall putty
- Use a picture of your child’s face or something he or she loves (eg, fire truck for my son) to keep track of where you are in the day
Portable visual daily routine chart
A smaller daily schedule is great for kids to take from room to room and for parents to keep in their backpacks. The supplies are the same as for the wall-sized chart, but you may also want to consider a hole punch and string.
- Print 4 per page for portable visual routine chart onto card stock
- Cut printable and 4 pieces of cardboard (morning, midday, afternoon, evening)
- Optional: Laminate printables for durability
- Affix daily routine cards to cardboard
- Use a clothespin, paper clip, dot sticker, or a picture of your child’s face to keep track of completed tasks!
Video tutorial: how to set up a printable daily schedule for kids
See exactly how I made the portable version of my visual routine chart. If you’re teaching a minority language, you can put English on one side and the corresponding language on the other.
If you line up each part of the daily schedule, the clothespin will highlight the current task in both languages. This way, kids can see exactly where they are in the day right on the board.
Tips for using a visual daily routine chart with kids
As with any new habit, a daily routine chart should first be presented verbally, gently, and consistently by parents.
During the day, parents and caregivers can refer to the visual chart and remind kids to look at it for guidance.
For example, you can say “Remember to use the potty after breakfast!” while pointing to the routine chart and then walking your child to the bathroom.
Gradually, grown-ups can fade out reminders as kids learn to complete tasks and transition to new ones independently.
Here are more tips for communicating expectations with a routine chart:
- Make it noticeable: Put the visual routine chart at eye level in a prominent place (eg, high-traffic hallway) and/or multiple rooms (eg, bedroom and kitchen)
- Break down the steps: If your child struggles to master a specific task within the schedule, it might feel too daunting, such as going to sleep. Split up the bedtime routine into smaller, more doable steps, such as changing into pajamas, reading a book, prayer time, and then going to bed.
- Make it positive: Instead of “good job”, use specific praising words when your child follows the daily routine and refers to the schedule. You want to be clear about what exactly they did that was successful.
- Make it interactive: Have a way to indicate when each step has been completed (eg, check mark, sticker, clothespin)
- Add music: Audio cues are very powerful and can make routine more fun! Try listening to a clean-up song after playing, and singing the same songs during the bedtime routine.
- Make it flexible: Build in buffer room so kids don’t feel rushed from switching tasks. Plan in time for unstructured free play!
- Use other concrete visual and audio cues: Visual timers, sand timers, alarms, and calendars are more ways to support a predictable daily routine.
Daily schedule for kids translations in English, Chinese, and Korean
Since many of you are learning Chinese or Korean with your kids like my family, I’ve translated common daily tasks below with the help of fluent friends.
All of these are in the printable, but I’ve listed them below if you also want to create your own daily schedule for kids.
Here are translations for each task in English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hanyu Pinyin, and Korean:
- Daily Routine
- 作息时间表 / 作息時間表 (Zuòxí shíjiān biǎo)
- 早上 (Zǎoshang)
- 中午 (Zhōngwǔ)
- 下午 (Xiàwǔ)
- 晚上 (Wǎnshàng)
The rest of the tasks are listed in alphabetical order by English:
- 美术 / 美術 (Měishù)
- 看圣经 / 看聖經 (Kàn shèngjīng)
- 성경 읽다
- 吃早餐 (Chī zǎocān)
- Brush Teeth
- 刷牙 (Shuāyá)
- 이를 닦다
- 做家务 / 做家務 (Zuò jiāwù)
- Clean Up
- 清理 (Qīnglǐ)
- 跳舞 (Tiàowǔ)
- 춤을 추다
- Drink water
- 喝水 (Hē shuǐ)
- 물을 마시다
- 晚餐 (Wǎncān)
- 运动 / 運動 (Yùndòng)
- Get Dressed
- 穿衣服 (Chuān yīfú)
- 옷을 입다
- Go outside
- 去外面 / 去外面 (Qù wàimiàn)
- 밖에 나가다
- 做作业 / 做作業 (Zuò zuo yè)
- 午餐 (Wǔcān)
- 音乐 / 音樂 (Yīnyuè)
- 午睡 (Wǔshuì)
- 玩 (Wán)
- 做祷告 / 做禱告 (Zuò dǎogào)
- 看书 / 看書 (Kànshū)
- 책을 읽다
- 休息 (Xiūxí)
- 学校 / 學校 (Xuéxiào)
- 螢幕时间 / 螢幕時間 (Yíngmù shíjiān)
- 하면 시간
- 洗澡 (Xǐzǎo)
- 睡觉 / 睡覺 (Shuìjiào)
- 吃点心 / 吃點心 (Chī diǎnxīn)
- 간 식
- Use Bathroom
- 上厕所 / 上廁所 (Shàng cèsuǒ)
- Wake Up
- 起床 (Qǐchuáng)
- Wear pajamas
- 穿睡衣 (Chuān shuìyī)
- 잠옷을 입다
Which visual daily routine chart did you print for your child?
I’d love to hear how this daily schedule for kids printable turned out for your family! How has your family used the printable to keep track of the day?
Please leave a note in the comments or email me a photo at betty(at)chalkacademy(dot)com!