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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Daily Routine Magnets

A couple of weeks ago, Julie, a fellow mummy blogger, linked to this great little time management tool for kids. Sad isn't it... that in our day and age, our lives are such that we need all these duvalackeys to keep ourselves and our children organized.

Anyhow, I liked the look of it and thought about getting one for my almost 9 year old. It's a visual to-do list which is great for kids of varying ages.
In the end, however, I decided that we should make our own routine charts because I felt that the almost 9 year old would feel greater ownership of the system if she actually chose the clip art and help make it with her own hands.

It really isn't very difficult to do especially when so much clip art is available online and all you need is a decent colour printer and some magnet sheets or recyled magnets. I've also got a cheap laminator that I bought from Aldi a couple of years ago that I've used for all kinds of things now.

Each clip art represents a regular task/activity... (apologies for the quality)

Based on this list:

The final step would be to glue pieces of magnet behind the clip art. Let it dry for at least an hour.

After the completion of each activity, she can display the corresponding piece of clip art under her name on the bar freezer. Hopefully this will give her a sense of achievement on a daily basis.


  1. They look great Lilian. I think you are right about having an older child help make the chart to give more ownership of it. I was just reading about your daughter in the previous post. I hope the visual system helps with the "distractions". Ours are working out really well (for my oldest, I'm not bothering for my 9 month old just yet)

  2. I'm hoping to blog about the system from time to time.
    Thanks for your comment.


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