Printable visual routine cards and labels are powerful tools for kids of all ages. They are esspecially helpful for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and children with special needs.
Visual routine cards are an effective tool for keeping children organized and on task. They also help provide children from toddlers to teens with a sense of independence to manage their daily chores and activities.
Using a visual routine chart is simple. All you need to do is place the visual routine labels and visual activity cards into a pocket chart or onto a bulletin board to remind children of actions that need to be completed at any point during the day.
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Visual Routine Cards for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Children with Special Needs.
Visual routine cards are a powerful tool for parents and educators as they help children gain independence and know what they need to do each day. This makes them especially useful for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, autistic children, and children with special needs.
While children of all ages can benefit from visual activity cards, using a visual routine chart or schedule can help toddlers and preschoolers know what to expect throughout the day, which can help decrease anxiety surrounding transitions and help them feel more capable of taking care of their own needs.
Because they are designed to help children understand the basic order of events that occur within a given time period–and what they need to do next–printable visual routine cards are an indispensable tool for parents with toddlers, high anxiety kids, and autistic children.
This also makes “First, Then, Next, Last” activity cards useful for toddlers and autistic children. Thankfully, the printable set shown here has those labels included and so much more!
Printable Visual Routine Cards and Labels for Activity Charts
Visual routines make it easy for toddlers, preschoolers, and children with special needs to get through the day without tears. The collection pictured here contains more than 150 visual routine cards and labels. It is designed to help you create predictable routines for children and maintain a strong daily rhythm so that they can grow into responsible members of the family.
Use printable visual activity cards with a pocket chart to assist your children with morning and evening routines, schoolwork, chores, common everyday tasks, outdoor adventures, creative activities, and more!
Get your set HERE—> Printable Visual Activity Cards
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The following types of visual routine cards are included in this set:
- Visual routine labels
- Morning and evening visual routine cards
- Bathroom routine visual cards
- School, music, and creative activity routine cards
- Cleaning, chores and helpful activities
- Gross motor, fine motor, and outdoor visual routine cards
- Sports, places to go, and random adventure
- Blank visual routine cards and labels to make up your own actions and activities.
How to Use Visual Activity Cards
Place visual routine cards onto a visual activity chart to prepare children for an upcoming event or activity, or break down the steps that must be completed as a part of an activity. Gather the supplies below to get started.
Visual Routine Chart Supplies
- Printable Visual Activity Cards
- Scissors or a paper cutter
- Pocket chart – there are several sizes and colors available. Choose the one that works best for your needs. A few of our favorites are listed below:
Next, follow the simple steps below to make visual routine labels and activity cards work for you and your children.
Step 1 – Print visual routine labels and cards
For best results, print visual routine cards and labels onto cardstock. Printer paper will work, but a nice heavyweight cardstock makes visual activity cards that stand up to the wear and tear (pun intended) of daily use.
Step 2 – Use scissors to cut out the labels and cards that you would like to use.
Challenge the kids to use a pair of scissors to cut the visual activity cards and labels from each printable sheet for cutting practice if you dare–lol! Or, take the easy route and use this amazing paper cutter–we LOVE it!
Step 3 – Choose the labels and cards needed for a specific action, routine, or event.
Brainstorm the tasks that your children need to do each day. Following are a few examples of visual routines you can try:
- A visual routine chart can list the order of events that a child must do when they wake up in the morning or before they go to bed at night.
- Use visual activity cards to show the tasks that the child must perform as a part of their school day, or the activities that they need to complete once they return home from school.
- Create a visual display that shows the actions that a child needs to take before they leave the house.
- Use visual routine cards to display the chores that your children need to do as a part of their household duties.
- Place suggestions of activities children can do in the afternoon.
Step 4 – Place one or more labels into a Pocket chart as a heading.
Use the visual routine card labels to make it easier for children to identify what they need to do and when. This helps them become capable members of the family as they learn to take responsibility for their daily chores and duties.
Step 5 – Put The visual activity cards into a Pocket chart Under the appropriate Labels
Put each activity card that needs to be completed into a pocket chart under the appropriate label. For example, put all of the actions that a child needs to do in the morning under the label “Morning Routine” and all of the actions they need to do at night before going to bed under “Evening Routine.” Have a look at the photo below to see an example of a morning routine for toddlers.
Step 6 – Have Children Put Cards into a Basket once the Action or Routine is complete
First, attach or place a “Done” or “Finished” basket at the base of, or next to, the visual activity schedule. Or, put the “finished” label included with the printable set in the bottom row of the pocket chart.
Next, encourage children to place each activity card into the basket, or row, once they are finished with that step or action.
Step 7 – Show the child how to use the visual routine chart; fill and repeat as needed.
Allow the routine chart to become the boss, and encourage them to take responsibility for the tasks on it.
Teach children to look at it when they don’t know what to do next, and show them how to use the visual routine chart. Encourage them to place the cards in the finished basket (or row) once they have completed the action step.
Several different activity cards are included in our Printable Set that makes it easy to help children get through the day without tears. Everything below is included and more–get yours today!
Visual Activity Cards and Charts
Visual routine cards are a powerful tool for keeping children organized and on task. They also help provide kids with a sense of independence to learn how to manage their day-to-day chores and activities.
Use visual routine labels and cards with a visual routine chart to help children know what to expect throughout the day, and decrease anxiety surrounding transitions.
Get them HERE—> Printable Visual Routine Cards
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