Routine Cards – Morning and Afternoon

Routine Cards - morning and afternoon

When it comes to starting school again for a new year, I like to establish routine systems for my children in the morning and afternoon. The advantage of doing this is making getting ready habitual so the children can take in all the wonderful things they will learn at school, plus it helps with the harmony of the family.

Picture prompts work well, and sometimes we need to swap around the routine with what works for the children.  I asked Liss to design cards that can be used in various ways. My children don’t do all these items, I included a list of possible tasks to mix and match in case anyone would find it useful too. Click here to purchase the printable: Routine Cards Printable.  
School Routine Card


Routine Cards

Below are the tasks I included in the printable.


  • Wake up
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Dishes Away
  • Brush Teeth
  • Wash Face
  • Get Dressed
  • PJs away
  • Do Hair
  • Make Bed
  • Make Lunch
  • Shoes & Socks On
  • Free Time
  • Pack Bag: hat, homework, drink, lunch box
  • Time to Go
  • Blank Card


  • Hello!
  • Bag away
  • Lunch Box Out
  • Play Clothes
  • Snack
  • Homework
  • Free Time
  • Set the Table
  • Dishes Away
  • Help Someone
  • Bath time
  • Dinner
  • Tidy Room
  • Brush Teeth
  • PJs
  • Read
  • Goodnight!
  • Blank Cards


Create magnets for the fridge. This makes it easy to switch things around. My younger kids only need image prompts to follow each day for about a month before it becomes routine, and my nephew prefers to put cards into a small container once each task is done.  You can find small baskets from Officeworks, or I found this one to keep my spare cards in from Howards Storage World.


  1. Print template out of light card or photo paper
  2. Put a section of magnetic tape on the back of the cards
  3. Place on the fridge

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon

Amanda from Simple Home Cook printed these (including using the spares) for her kids.

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon

I did this too, and put them on the side of the fridge.


Mini Ring Book

Make a mini book for kids to flick through. 


  • Photo Paper or light card
  • Key ring
  • Clear Contact or laminator
  • Single hole punch
  • Glue
  1. Print the cards, and glue the strip backing on each card to be used. 
  2. Contact or laminate the cards.
  3. Punch a hole in each card corner.
  4. Thread on to a ring and you have a mini flip book.

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon


Stick the card prompts on to a piece of paper or poster and hang on the fridge or in the bedroom. 


  • Photo Paper or light card
  • Glue

School Routine Card - morning and afternoon



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    January 18, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Oh I love this! Have a boy starting school in 10 days and was just thinking how to craft a schedule he could use. Thanks!

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    January 25, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Kelly, these are awesome – you take a simple concept and make it fun and practical!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    January 25, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Excellent! Thank you so much for sharing. These are great to help me get my two boys organised for school.

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    January 26, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Thanks so much for sharing! My first starts school this week, so I was searching how best to get organised… this looks to be it!

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    Kate - An Everyday Story
    January 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Kelly, I’ve been looking for something just like this. There’s heaps around but they are so daggy. These ones are lovely.

    Thank you.

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    January 27, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Thanks it’s great my daughter not at school yet but this is brilliant help for me to start early n get a fun routine going.

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    February 1, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you so much! This helps my three boys with organising their days! Muchly appreciated!

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    Terrific schedule cards, thank you so much! Please share which application you used to make the fun coloured cards.

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    August 30, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Thanks for these! So sweet and simple. Love.

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    September 23, 2016 at 7:28 pm


    They look awesome on my screen but when I try to print them the letters are all squeezed together and it is impossible to read them. The images do not seem to be changed.

    Would you know what is the problem?

    I tried printing in two different printers and I am using A4 paper.


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    February 10, 2017 at 2:29 pm


    When I am printing these cards and wanting to make them smaller to take up less space on our fridge I am printing 2 sheets per A4 page and the document is printing streaks all through it. I called my printer and IT guys but they said its in the document. It will print 1 page A4 fine but I can not make it any bigger or smaller to suit my needs and would really love them!

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      February 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Hi Sara. I’ll email you the file. I’ve had thousands of people download this with no issues so I don’t think the problem is with the document. However, I’m happy to email it to you directly to see how you go with it.

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    March 19, 2017 at 5:30 am

    These are fantastic – I love the designs, they will work great for my child who is slightly older (nearly 8).

    I’ve noticed that the file is called RoutineCards2, is there a RoutineCards1 – another set you’ve made?


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      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      March 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Ha. No. I just had to make a revision on them, so I named the file 2 🙂

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    July 31, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Thank you so much! I love these cards. They are great for my older kids 8 and 10. Routine cards eliminate the nagging of telling them what to do they have a chart to follow. Yea. I like how these cards are bright and colorful and you have added extra so we can add our own tasks to them. The idea of putting them on the fridge is great or maybe their closet door. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate it!! This is truly a blessing and a help to our family.

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    June 19, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Hi Kelly, I just love your Routine Cards!. I am updating my star chart and wondered if there was a rectangle/landscape version of these to put in the lines on the chart?

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    January 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for providing this free printable. You just saved me heaps of time! : )

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    Chore Charts is really work.
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