Back To School Printable Routines

No parent who has just read “Goodnight Moon” aloud for the thousandth time needs to be reminded that children love repetition! Establishing a consistent routine really helps preschool and elementary age children deal with transitions throughout their day like going back to school. When they understand what’s coming up next, they have time to prepare themselves for change. That leads to more morning and bedtime fun…and fewer meltdowns! We’ve also seen that routines can help children develop critical executive function skills — which means that someday you might not have to ask them 10 times to brush their teeth and find their shoes!

Morning and Bedtime Routines

We created these printable morning and bedtime routines to help kids get out the door to school or daycare, and help wind down for a good night’s sleep. Print them out for every day of the week, or drop them in a plastic page protector and let kids cross out the steps in dry-erase marker.



Peek at the Week

Children love talking about plans for the week (even if they have a hazy sense of time). Teach them to look forward to soccer on Thursday (or a playdate on Saturday!) with this printable calendar.

How do you organize your weekdays?



44 Replies to “Back To School Printable Routines”

  1. I was just getting ready to make something like this. I can always count on you to be one step ahead, saving me oodles of time. I love your company and will continue to spread the word. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for these wonderful printables. My kids love Steve the Kiwi and anything to do with Kiwi Crate so these are helping a lot as we transition back to school and into Kindergarten! I would LOVE to be able to modify these printables and have an after school routine that includes have a snack, do homework, help make dinner, etc.

      1. That is such a great suggestion. I would also love to be able to modify these a bit… My kiddo loves to do things in a certain order so rearranging them would be so helpful for us. Also, we need a bath time item on the nighttime routine. Thanks for the great printable!! It really helped us organize our mornings and evenings!!

  3. I love the printables. The box on the weekly to do comes out black, tho. Is there any way to change this so I can use it? Thank you!

    1. Try downloading it as a pdf – the list came out green that way for me. It initially presented as black but was OK when I downloaded it

  4. Thanks – these are great. Absolutely love the routines. However on the ‘Peek at the week’ sheet the block at the bottom prints off in black and therefore you cannot write on it. (and a waste of black ink).

  5. Great advice! Our family uses the Love My Schedule system. It’s a magnetic wet erase schedule that I keep on the fridge. That way I don’t have to print out a new schedule when I want to change it. I also have the chore charts so I can check off their chores as they get done. Their website is if anyone wants to check it out.

  6. Thanks for this awesome download! I love our koala crates! We are getting ready to do our Wild West tonight! We have received the crate for quite a while before they expanded and we used to get the kiwi crate. We have so much fun bonding and doing our crafts together!!!

    1. Your welcome Erin! Happy you found the printables useful and that you are enjoying the Koala Crate projects. Wild West is such a fun one, get ready to see a little maker on a horse galloping around the house!

  7. I love these! I just wish there was a version without the lunch and backpack or replaced with begin your school work for us homeschoolers.

  8. It’s sweet to create these for free, but who has their kids brush teeth before they eat breakfast? That practically defeats the purpose… Deeply confused.

  9. This is awesome! BUT… it would be great if you would make it so we could customize some of it? So we can add things like “take your vitamins” and “take the dog potty”. Things like that!


  10. Im printing one in black and white, one in color. Color one I’m cutting out taping up gluing on magnets, and using like a checklist. The hands on might work better then checking off. Thanks for the start.

  11. Hey Kiwi Team!
    Just wanted to say I love these printable resources. I have been looking for something just like this and this is pretty close to what I have been searching for. Simple, Cute and will really help get our family into the school routine. Many thanks, looking forward to the next delivery and parent helpers like these. Denise

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