How to Make a Daily Rhythm Chart

Today’s the first day with our new chart. I’m excited about it & so is Naomi. She has really been responsive to knowing what is coming next–no more excuses as to what’s expected of her. These are the key elements to our regular days, a few off the list are not pictured & some days, like Friday through Sunday, will be different, if I rearrange the tabs of felt in the evening after bed, in the morning we can review & be ready for what’s to come. In addition I will add specialty tasks, like baking for specific days.

So. Breaking it down.

Materials needed:
2-3 8.5×11 sheets of felt (Yellow)
3-4 sheets of printable iron on transfer paper
1 larger sheet in a different color of felt (approx 11×13) (I used blue)
1 Frame
Cardboard to fit inside frame.
Sharpies or fabric markers

While you don’t have to print & iron on the borders, I found using the iron on sheets with the felt really made writing on it easier. You could also just type & print the tasks/elements of your day on the transfer paper & iron it on (as I did with the days of the week) instead of writing on the felt.

You can use this sheet for your tasks & you may want to print 2, depending on how diverse your routine can be. You can print this sheet for your days of the week. Iron following the iron on directions provided with your sheets.

After ironing them onto the felt, fill in your specific tasks. Cut them with sharp scissors & do the same with the days of the week.

Wrap the contrasting felt around the cardboard and fit it into your frame (without glass). Hammer some small nails in to keep the cardboard & felt in place if the frame doesn’t come with the pins already. Glue down excess felt to the back of the cardboard with elmer’s or tacky glue & allow to dry.

Now plan your schedule and hang in an accessible spot! Much more attractive than the store-bought kiddie charts. Simple & friendly…

When we live in a different place, & our home is not on the market I intend to get several frames so that we can easily reference our plans for tomorrow as well.
If you make your own, please share pictures!


  • Joy Posted July 8, 2010 1:24 pm

    Such a great idea, and I love how yours turned out!

  • Tan Family Posted July 10, 2010 3:39 pm

    Wonderful chart! It sounds like this works well for your family. Having a visual chart makes a huge difference in the rhythm of the day for a family. Thank you for sharing!

  • Knittymama Posted July 18, 2010 9:44 pm

    Hello, I found you on Rhythm of the Home. This is such a great idea! I have made charts before but always struggled as it seemed there would always be some sort of change. This would solve that problem so nicely, thanks!!

  • Suzanne Posted July 20, 2010 10:50 pm

    ooooooo, i love this!

  • Mama Goose Posted February 17, 2012 5:31 am

    We are in the process of making more visual charts too. Thanks for sharing. I really like 'family time' after supper, and think that this will help me children be less wild after dinner, as has been the case lately. "Playtime" just does not seem to be working very well, as much as I insist on quieter play. We did game night instead last night, and that went really well. I am definitely going to add a Family Time card.

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