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?



  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!

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Thanks for the kind words Erin! Hopefully you have continued to save time with Kiwi Crate. :)

  2. Posted by Terri |

    Thank you! So helpful and cute!

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Yay! Happy you liked them Terri!

  3. Posted by crystal |

    Fabulous ideas thank you for the free printable. I must learn how to make printable some day

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Your welcome Crystal, hopefully you found them helpful!

  4. My son is starting kindergarten is year. This will be perfect for him.

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Hope your kindergartener enjoyed the routine printables. That’s a super fun and big transition!

  5. Posted by Beth Mulcahy |

    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.

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Thank you for the note Beth, great suggestions for improving the after school routines. :)

      • Posted by Heather |

        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!!

        • Posted by Sara Loca |

          Thanks for the note Heather! Send this feedback along to our team.

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  7. Posted by Ourkazoku |

    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!

    • Posted by Jan |

      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

      • Posted by Sara Loca |

        Glad you got it to work for you Jan! Thank you for the note. :)

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Thank you letting us know ourkazoku, we will take a look!

  8. Posted by Sharmila Hanson |

    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).

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Thank you for the note Sharmila!

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  10. Posted by Olu |

    Thanks, this is really handy. I think it will help to structure our days better.

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Hope it worked out for you Olu!

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    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Happy you enjoyed the post!

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  14. Posted by Tamasine McQueen |

    Great ideas
    Do you have routine posters for Playgroup settings?

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      We don’t Tamasine, but it’s a wonderful idea!

  15. 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.

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      That’s wonderful Amy! Another great way to ease transitions.

  16. Posted by Erin Campbell |

    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!!!

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      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!

  17. Posted by Carrie |

    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.

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      That’s a great suggestion Carrie, thanks for sharing!

  18. Posted by Megan |

    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.

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      That’s a great recommendation for a future version of the printable, thanks for the note Megan!

  19. Posted by Emily |

    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!


    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      That would be lovely Emily! Great idea.

  20. Posted by Michelle |

    Do people really brush their teeth BEFORE breakfast?

    • Posted by Sara Loca |

      Thanks for the note Michelle! Great feedback. :)

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