Having a summer schedule for kids can help maintain order and cleanliness, as well as making the transition to a more strict routine in the fall easier on everyone. But if your kids are anything like mine, getting them to stick to a routine in the summer can be challenging. I’ve found that by providing a daily list of tasks for them to complete each day that they can easily check off gets the day off to a good start.
What Should You Include On Your Summer Schedule For Kids?
The summer schedule for kids you create will likely be longer or shorter depending on their ages and abilities. The list of things that need to be done each day by your kids can include each of the following:
- Make bed
- Get dressed
- Put away pajamas
- Brush Teeth
- Fix hair
- 20 Minutes Reading or Workbook
I’ve found that if I have my kids do their basic daily tasks earlier in the day, they are much more willing to get them done. The longer we go, the harder it is because they start playing with toys or games or wanting to go outside with friends and pulling them back from that is not easy or fun.
Fun Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Do Their Tasks
- Make it a game: For example, if the blocks need to be put away, toss them into the bin or box and have them keep score. Pretend to be robots, pirates, cats, etc as you clean up.
- Turn it into a treasure hunt: Draw a treasure map on a piece of paper with different tasks they have to complete along the way. When they get to the end, they get a prize! (a popsicle, gum, extra screen time, etc)
- Play their favorite music in the background: More than one kid? Alternate who picks the songs.
- Turn on a timer: See how much you can get done in a certain amount of time.
- Use a stopwatch: See how fast they can get a specific task done.
Lastly, be sure to print off a copy of the daily tasks for each kid. I’d recommend laminating it so it can be marked off with a dry erase marker and reused each day. You could even customize it based on your kid’s current interests (unicorns, Legos, pirates, etc) to make it more appealing.
If you want to take it a step further, you could do some type of reward system using stickers on a chart, pompoms in a jar or money. Each day they complete all their tasks earns them a token they can ultimately redeem for a small prize. (This type of reward system is best suited for younger children. Older kids should really be doing these tasks without having to be reminded through a daily chart.)
What else would you add to your summer schedule for kids?