9.02.2008

Get Ready For Bed Cards

(for a closer look click on the image)


Inspired by Family Fun, I decided to make bedtime a little less stressful for me and a lot more fun for the kidlets. This idea has been over a year in the making and finally came together this week! Getting ready for bed at our home can be pretty hectic with two wiggle worms, ages 3 and 4! (I can't imagine how you moms with five or six kids do it!) These cards help our little one keep on track and they get rewarded with a star for each task accomplished. I broke down their night time routine into six steps. 1) Take a Bath 2) Put on PJ's 3)Brush Teeth 4)Go Potty 5) Read Bible 6) Say Prayers. (Of Course, these steps are different for every family). The kids loved getting turn the cards over and see the star. And I never had to nag them to do the next thing. I just said "what's next? Go see the next card!" And they would excitedly run to look at the cards and excitedly perform the next task at (literally) hand. This idea can be altered to fit any routine in your household: getting ready for the day, setting the table, chores, etc. While a basic chart would also work to accomplish this, my children in particular loved the actual task of turning the cards over. I'm not gonna lie, this project did require some time and effort, but the outcome was well worth it! Instead of clip art, I used their actual surroundings to create the images for the cards. They had fun posing for prayers. At 3 and 4, they can't read, but they understand that a picture of the bathtub means "time to take a bath".

My supplies:

(not pictured: scissors or a rotary cutter, photos, a hammer, small nails, Clear Con-tact Paper, and sawtooth picture hangers).


I ended up ditching the hooks as seen in this photo and using simple small nails to hand the cards on. I printed my photos at home and used the Con-tact Paper(found in the section that includes shelf liner paper) to laminate the cards. Con-tact Paper is the cheaters way (also the poor man's way) to laminate anything. It was a fun project to complete, not only for its immediate benefits of calming down our night time routine, but also for the benefit of accomplishing a project that had been a year in the making!

**Update: It's been 2 weeks and what a success these cards have been! The kids love them and look forward to it every evening. Hope you will try it and see how it works for you!

**The original project idea of creating cards for bedtime is not my own. This is a project that is based one I saw in Family Fun Magazine in 2006 or 2007 in the My Great Idea section.

5 comments:

  1. OK so I love this idea and am already picturing one for morning, lunch and bedtime. This must also make it super easy for a babysitter at night!! Man, now I have to make this AND a picture menu for the kids... I'm going to be busy!! lol

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  2. I think this is a great idea. I am always looking for ways to get my kids to do their "chores" wothout nagging. I tried this idea recently for my older two (11 and 7) http://littlebitofeverthing.blogspot.com/2008/07/job-jars.html

    but I think I will have to use your idea for my little ones once they are old enough (9 mts and 20 mts). Thanks for all the great ideas, love your blog!

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  3. What a great idea! I'm going to make some for my kiddos this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thank you for all of the great preschool ideas. I loved browsing through your blog today!

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