Bedtime routines look very similar for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age students. I have found that children thrive on routine and by knowing the sequence of events that they should be doing, it calms the process. By creating a toddler bedtime routine chart this turns the night routine for school into a quiet game. This sequencing activity is suitable for ages 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds!
Yep, it can be hard to get those little ones to fall asleep. But once you establish a sequence of events routine, things should get easier. I started using this night routine for school days and it has helped a lot with my 4 year old. Setting a loose kids schedule with my daughter has reduced tantrums because she knows what to expect.
After readers downloaded and used my morning routine for school sequencing activity I had so many requests for a bedtime version! Well… here are the latest sequencing cards. With a similar set up to the morning routine cards, kids will be fully aware of what is expected of them each night.
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- Velcro Dots
- Laminator with laminating sheets (this is the one I have.)
- Scissor to cut everything out. I use my paper trimmer. It’s a lot quicker.
- Bedtime Routine
Sequence of Events
Print out your required page on card stock paper.
Cut out the daily routine picture cards, laminate them, add velcro tabs and you are ready to go.
Using the activity.
You can place this activity in your child’s bedroom or take it around with you throughout the night. Children don’t like being told what to do, but are often very excited to listen if you ask them a question.
For example, “Dee, you just finished putting on your pajamas. Do you know what you do next?” … Since your child isn’t being forced to do something and they are being asked to do it, their natural brain reaction is to come up with an answer to your question. They can use the visual clue from the bedtime routine printable activity to guide them through the night.
Your child will move each activity to the completed section when she is done.
Then, Mom moves all the cards back to the “Still need to” section when the child is asleep.
Download the printable activity here
I have updated this file to include a boys routine and added a few more girls bedtime routine to the sequencing cards and sequencing worksheets.
Print out the pages that are most suitable for you and your child. I also added extra sequencing cards because I know that everyones bedtime routine is different.
Update: The boy routine cards are here. You can download them by clicking the image or button above.