Our Routine Clock



I have a confession; despite reading so many parenting books I could start my own library, hubby and I have NEVER had a routine for the boys, until now!


Some people think we are bat arse crazy, others think we might be a bit ‘hippy’ we’re neither, honest, we’re just laid back in our outlook to life and as a result never wanted a routine to being parents. I’m not knocking those who do, each to their own.

But, now the boys are 2 years old, we want to bring some more structure to their days,

I didn’t want to introduce anything to regimented, some of the routines I read about were dictated almost minute to minute with no break,

I settled on a clock face as my teaching tool.


I brought this ‘beauty’ for £1.99,


 And quickly gave her a coat of spray paint, better already!


I added numbers 1 to 12 in their respective places.


Using clip art from Office Online I found images for activities and events the boys regularly partake in, I added a caption to each one and printed them out.


I then laminated these to provide some strength and protection from grubby toddler boys!


Once these were cut out I stuck a piece of magnetic board on to the back of each tab.


I then stuck a piece of magnetic board beside each number.


I didn’t want to the magnetic board to be exposed if there was no activity or task scheduled so I attached a magnetic board piece to the back of a few flowers, which will be placed on the clock face when necessary.


I will change the placement of the tabs when the boys go for their nap or to bed for the night, that way there shouldn’t be any confusion over having a bath before waking up!!!



I’m not placing this on a wall just yet, I want the boys to be involved in and learn about the various elements of their schedules by helping to place the tabs where appropriate, so for now it will be on their bookshelf in their play room.




Click here to download the pdfs, you can print, snip and create your own routine clock.





35 comments :

  1. What a fabulous idea!! I used to be a teacher before I had my little one so I am a but of a routine gal! I have to make this for my house! Thanks for the great idea!!

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  2. What a great idea! I love it! and it's a great way to introduce routines and times to kids!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  3. Way cute idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my linky :)
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  4. What a fun, clever idea. I should make one for myself - 7am work out - 11pm - go to bed, with lots of fun stuff in between.

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  5. I love this idea~ very visual and easy to follow!

    I would love if you would link it up to our Monday Playdate at: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-everyone-welcome.html

    Cheers,
    Lori
    come & Play :: Playdate
    www.beneaththerowantree.com

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  6. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. Absolutely brilliant idea!! I've been looking for a good way to incorporate telling time and our daily routines - this is PERFECT! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  8. what a good idea! We were always really relaxed about the routine too...Now that we have a 4 yo and 1 yo, we have a bit more of a general routine but it is still pretty laid back...I'm just not a routine regimented kind of person! I would LOVE to have a set schedule everyday...but if I did that, I would rebel against it! lol

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  9. What a fun idea - I have a somewhat routine - but I usually break it - shame on me!

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  10. I love this idea! Simple, yet effective. Well done!

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  11. Truly brilliant. I would love to have the clipart as I've been thinking of doing up a routine chart for my 2.5 year old.
    nish50@gmail.com
    Thanks very much!
    Nisha

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  12. Love this! Need to make one for my son! Thanks!

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  13. Awesome idea! I'll be doing this for sure when my little one is older. I found your blog through the Time-Out Tuesday hop. Hope you'll follow me back at http://healthykidshappykids.blogspot.com

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  14. Love this idea. I'm a bit laid back myself. Honestly, I love schedules and plans but its nice to be able to go outside of that and not have to be somewhere at a certain time every night. That way your kids can fall asleep where you want to go. That's my theory anyways.

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  15. That's such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  16. This is such a cute idea! I never would have though of it.

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  17. Loved this idea!!!! Could do with one myself, although being a student it'd be filled with revision and sleeping.

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  18. Thanks so much for linking up at homework. This is such a cute project. Hope to see you next week at my link party.

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  19. Great idea! Come and join our link party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  20. I wish I'd had one of these when my boys were that age.

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  21. This is such a cute idea! I love it.

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  22. That's such a clever idea. Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

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  23. Such a great idea! My little boy struggles with understanding time and when he's able to play and when it's time to rest, etc. This would be perfect!
    Angela

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  24. What a great idea! This will not only help with their routine, but will also help them understand time better! Love it!

    Wendy @ www.designedtodwell.blogspot.com

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  25. I love this idea - especially as it links the concept of time with the activity at hand. What a great teaching tool.

    x

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  26. What a great idea!! You need to patent and sell that!! Wouldn't preschools love it?! Thank you so much for linking up!!

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  27. This is a brilliant idea! My guys are 6 and 4 and could still probably use one!

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  28. I just love this idea! What a great job you did! Love it.
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  29. I love this idea! I wish my mom would have made me one of these when I was a kid! Thank you so much for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! We look forward to your future contributions to our weekly link party!

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  30. What a great idea.Love it. Thanks for sharing.
    -clock

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  31. I would love to have the clipart as I've been thinking of doing up a routine chart for both my 2 and 3 year old boys

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  32. I found this post through pinterest and would love your clipart! Thanks!

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  33. Hello, I am webmaster for www.spdconnection.com. My name is Vincent clark and Jenny Clark is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. In her website there are helpful pages for many people involved with providing support to children with sensory integration issues. I would like to provide this visual schedule clock as an aid for parents. Please e-mail me the clipart that goes with your clock. I will add it to the website and provide a link to your blog. Thank You.
    Vincent Clark
    webmaster@spdconnection.com

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  34. hi, can you email this to me. swytthang@yahoo.com

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