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Are Your Evenings a Bit Hectic? Create this DIY Kids Routine Clock

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DIY kids routine clock next to a schedule on the wallAre you and the kids struggling with how hectic school nights are?ย 

Make this brilliant and easy DIY kids routine clock project to create some structure and establish your family’s routine in the evenings. Keep everyone on track and aware of expectations! It takes just a few minutes (and a couple of supplies) to make.


Coloring segments of the DIY routine clock with markers

DIY Kids Routine Clock

For this Project You’ll Need:

Directions:

  1. Establish an after school and evening schedule, and assign a different color for each block of time.
  2. Color the face of the clock with the colors you have decided for each task. For example, in our home, the schedule would go playtime and snack after school, then homework, dinner, bath, reading, and bedtime.

Another more permanent option would be to take off the back off the clock and use markers to actually color the white part of the clock. I decided to just stick with dry erase so I can change or add things to the routine.

Routine clock closeup with segments marked bed, bath, dinner, homework, and play

Write out each task on the clock, or make a chart mapping out what each color means, and then hang it up next to the clock on the wall, so it’s easy to reference..

Kids routine clock over a clipboard holding a color coordinated schedule

I love this idea for after school, but you could definitely use it for morning routines, too. I’ve even seen a similar idea using red and green markers so younger kids know when it’s too early to get up in the morning! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Check out these cool easy slow cooker dinner recipes for busy weeknights!

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  1. Barbara

    Very clever! Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for stopping by Barbara!

  2. Evan

    Super cute& clever. Going to borrow for my kiddos Elem & HS heck even my hubby can use it. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Even!

  3. Erika

    Oh Lina, how I love your ideas! You are so creative! Definitely implementing this clever idea!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s such a sweet comment Erika – Thank You!

  4. Katie

    Great Idea!!

  5. megan

    I’m totally doing this later. Evenings are such a struggle at my house.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great – hope it helps Megan! Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Madonna

    Love this visual reinforecment of schedule โ˜บ

  7. Crystal

    This is such an amazing idea!!! Thanks a million!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh good- thanks Crystal!

  8. hellfiregainz

    I have a house wall full of creative ideas and as awesome as it looks displayed and making people think I have it all together, none of these plans seem to last long. too many kids and too many events throwing all of my planning off lol

  9. Leah

    Iโ€™ve seen this on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea!

  10. quinntress

    Great idea! Def working on it this wknd. Ikea if u have one near u, has the plain clocks for about $2. Not sure if itโ€™s easily opened but Iโ€™ll c if it works.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip!

  11. H

    My daughter is in 1st grade. She gets off the bus at 4pm. Bedtime is at 8pm.
    How much time do you allocate for playing and for homework?
    TIA

  12. hotpink17

    We did this! It worked awesome! Did one for AM & PM , have used it for 3 years

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thatโ€™s so great!! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ‘

  13. Jenna

    Play and Bed are way too close in color, I feel like my kids would be trying to negotiate more play time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I kid, this is awesome!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ha! Thanks Jenna! ๐Ÿ™‚

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