Activity: Kids' Day Planner
- Posterboard, index cards, crayons or markers, 8-12 plastic sandwich bags, stapler
- 30 minutes
- Time concepts
Some children like to see a visual representation of the day's coming events. A visual day planner can be particularly soothing to children during hectic times or during times when new daily patterns are being established, such as at the beginning of a school year.
By making a simple day planner, your child can refer to his schedule during the day and check off events as they occur.
- On index cards, have your child draw pictures representing the typical events of a day such as getting up, eating breakfast, going to school, going to swimming lessons, eating dinner, taking a bath and going to bed.
- Staple plastic bags in rows to a piece of posterboard—one for each typical activity (or more so you can add activities later).
- Help your child to put these event cards in the clear plastic bags so that they show the day's probable events in order.
- Mount the board in your child's room or perhaps where the whole family can use it.
- The next day, your child can rearrange the cards as necessary and add or subtract cards from the arrangement on the board. As your child builds a collection of event cards, these can be stored in an envelope affixed to the schedule board.
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