Visual Daily Routine Chart for Kids in English, Chinese, Korean (Printable, Video)

Visual Daily Routine Chart for Kids in English, Chinese, Korean (Printable)
Wall-sized bilingual routine chart; kids’ table from Amazon (similar here), step stool (similar here), wood wall clock

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.

Last year, when we were suddenly homeschooling full-time during the pandemic, our visual schedule was a huge help to surviving. Though my children are now 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 son’s room, we have an eye-catching visual daily schedule on the wall. Meanwhile, we have a portable version for both kids. These are our most effective printables in English, Chinese, and Korean!

Parenting survival tip: visual daily routine chart for kids in English, Chinese, Korean
Parenting survival tip: visual daily routine chart for kids in English, Chinese, Korean

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Benefits of visual daily routine chart for kids

In order to be punctual and productive, adults and older kids depend on calendars and to-do lists.

But even before kids can read, they can learn from visual daily routine charts. If used consistently as a visual guide, kids 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 and relationships
  • Reducing anxiety and behavior problems

For bilingual families, routine charts can remind parents and kids to speak the minority language. For example, seeing Chinese characters on the visual chart reminds me to speak Mandarin with my children. 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.

Wall-sized routine chart in Korean (left) and Chinese (right)

Download printable visual daily routine chart for kids

Our printable visual chart comes in 2 versions:

  • Real, full-color photos OR
  • Black-and-white icons for families who don’t have color printers. Since black and white symbols might be too abstract for younger toddlers, your kids can color these to bring them to life! Coloring is a fun way to make the routine chart interactive and personal. 🙂
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How to set up printable visual daily routine charts for kids

Wall-sized visual daily routine chart

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Instructions

  1. Print full pages for wall-sized visual routine chart onto card stock
  2. Optional: laminate for durability with laminating pouches and laminator
  3. Cut and affix to wall with removable wall putty
  4. 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

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Instructions

  1. Print 4 per page for portable visual routine chart onto card stock
  2. Cut printable and 4 pieces of cardboard (morning, midday, afternoon, evening)
  3. Optional: Laminate printables for durability with laminating pouches and laminator
  4. Affix daily routine cards to cardboard
  5. Use a clothespin, dot sticker, or a picture of your child’s face to keep track of completed tasks!

Video tutorial of how to set up visual routine chart

Quick tips for successfully 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 from 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!

Coloring daily routine chart with groove pencils!

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”, give specific, encouraging praise when your child follows 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.
To teach time management, you can use routine charts in conjunction with this interactive printable calendar and a visual timer.
Visual timer with on/off sound, interactive calendar, routine chart

Kids Daily Routine Chart 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.

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)
    • 하루일과
  • Morning
    • 早上 (Zǎoshang)
    • 아침
  • Midday
    • 中午 (Zhōngwǔ)
    • 오전
  • Afternoon
    • 下午 (Xiàwǔ)
    • 오후
  • Evening
    • 晚上 (Wǎnshàng)
    • 저녁
Portable, interactive, visual daily routine chart in Chinese and Korean
Portable, interactive, visual daily routine chart in Chinese and Korean

The rest of the tasks are listed in alphabetical order by English:

  1. Art
    • 美术 / 美術 (Měishù)
    • 미술
  2. Bible
    • 看圣经 / 看聖經 (Kàn shèngjīng)
    • 성경 읽다
  3. Breakfast
    • 吃早餐 (Chī zǎocān)
    • 아침밥
  4. Brush Teeth
    • 刷牙 (Shuāyá)
    • 이를 닦다
  5. Chores
    • 做家务 / 做家務 (Zuò jiāwù)
    • 집안일
  6. Clean Up
    • 清理 (Qīnglǐ)
    • 정리하다
  7. Dance
    • 跳舞 (Tiàowǔ)
    • 춤을 추다
  8. Drink water
    • 喝水 (Hē shuǐ)
    • 물을 마시다
  9. Dinner
    • 晚餐 (Wǎncān)
    • 저녁
  10. Exercise
    • 运动 / 運動 (Yùndòng)
    • 운동
  11. Get Dressed
    • 穿衣服 (Chuān yīfú)
    • 옷을 입다
  12. Go outside
    • 去外面 / 去外面 (Qù wàimiàn)
    • 밖에 나가다
  13. Homework
    • 做作业 / 做作業 (Zuò zuo yè)
    • 숙제
  14. Lunch
    • 午餐 (Wǔcān)
    • 점심
  15. Music
    • 音乐 / 音樂 (Yīnyuè)
    • 음악
  16. Nap
    • 午睡 (Wǔshuì)
    • 낮잠
  17. Play
    • 玩 (Wán)
    • 놀다
  18. Pray
    • 做祷告 / 做禱告 (Zuò dǎogào)
    • 기도하다
  19. Read
    • 看书 / 看書 (Kànshū)
    • 책을 읽다
  20. Rest
    • 休息 (Xiūxí)
    • 쉬다
  21. School
    • 学校 / 學校 (Xuéxiào)
    • 학교
  22. Screentime
    • 螢幕时间 / 螢幕時間 (Yíngmù shíjiān)
    • 하면 시간
  23. Shower
    • 洗澡 (Xǐzǎo)
    • 목욕
  24. Sleep
    • 睡觉 / 睡覺 (Shuìjiào)
    • 자다
  25. Snack
    • 吃点心 / 吃點心 (Chī diǎnxīn)
    • 간 식
  26. Use Bathroom
    • 上厕所 / 上廁所 (Shàng cèsuǒ)
    • 화장실
  27. Wake Up
    1. 起床 (Qǐchuáng)
    2. 일어나다
  28. Wear pajamas
    • 穿睡衣 (Chuān shuìyī)
    • 잠옷을 입다

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15 Comments

  1. My goodness!!! I was trying to find a visual daily routine schedule all week and couldn’t really find one that is well thought out, good-looking, and black-and-white! I was going to make one myself and can’t believe when I checked my email today and saw your new post!!! Thanks for all the ideas, Betty ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Peggy! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this kind message! I’m so happy to hear that the daily routine printables can help!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Hi! I’m trying to download the printable but haven’t been able to…it says I need a password… I subscribed as requested ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi! Thank you for asking and sorry for the inconvenience! I was actually just updating the files tonight with extra icons ๐Ÿ™‚ The pdf files are now ready in the Printables Library.

  3. I’m new to your blog. Your article about teaching a target language in 5 steps actually made me tear up. My husband and I speak English together but we’re both fluent in another language –making a total of 3 languages. Our children are 4 and 6. This is so close to my heart but I haven’t felt very successful namely because we haven’t committed to the minority languages. This is re-inspiring me. Thank you.

  4. Hello! I wanted to make some additional tasks but I can’t seem to figure out what font you used. What font did you use? We have “gym” as part of our routine.

    1. Hi Linda! Thanks for asking. I used D’nealian font for the English version, KaiTi SC for the simplified Chinese version, and Kaiti TC for the traditional Chinese version. I actually recently added exercise๏ผˆ่ฟๅŠจ / ้‹ๅ‹•๏ผ‰and some other tasks, just didn’t get a chance to add new photos. Please let me know if I can help with anything else!

  5. Hi Betty

    Thank you so much for your post. It gave me a lot of great ideas teaching my kids at home during this unprecedented time. I am native Chinese living in Canada with my two kids 2&4 year-old. My kids understand Chinese but they only respond in English. Do you have any tricks and tips?

    Thanks
    Echo

  6. Thank you for sharing your ideas. How can I get the password? Chinese and English printable is very beautiful !

  7. Hi Betty. Thanks for making and sharing this! I was wondering if you could tell me the font and font size for the cards. I wanted to make my own cards for times of day as well as other activities.

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