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.