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Let me tell you about this After School Routine Clock!

Some people are the ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ kind of people. I am definitely NOT one of those people! If I don’t have a plan in place, or I fall out of routine, it spells trouble for me (and usually everyone around me!). Thankfully our kiddos love to have a schedule in place too.

After school can seem like a whirlwind at times!

4:00pm rolls around and kids come pouring through the door with more energy and excitement than I can ever remember having!

But before you know it, it’s bedtime and no one has been bathed and their homework is still sitting in their backpacks.

This can make bedtime a rushed and stressful time, which isn’t fun for anyone.

DIY After School Routine Clock


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So I decided to put together an easy color-coded After School Routine Clock to help guide the time we have from after school until bedtime.

With this routine clock, we find that everything gets complete and the evening runs smoothly.


All you need is a simple clock and a frame. I chose to use a frame that I already had at home.

Give some thought to what you would like your evening to include:

  • homework
  • playtime
  • dinner
  • family time
  • chores
  • extracurricular activities
  • bathing
  • reading/bedtime stories
  • etc.

Routine Clock

Decide how much time you need for each activity.

Then you can start coloring the inside of your clock.

I used a black Sharpie to draw distinct bold lines between the event times.  Then I used brightly colored markers to color everything in and make it look cheery.

Because it is color-coded, your little ones will have an easy time knowing what they need to get done, and when it is time to switch activities!

routine clock square

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This post was contributed to Mommy Moment by Heidi.

Raghvendra Verma

Thursday 21st of January 2021

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Charity Hyatt

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Thank you for this idea! The clock really gave my daughter a new perspective of her schedule. Here's the photos of the one I made from your post....

Jody @ Mommy Moment

Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Charity, Thanks so much for sharing your photos with us. It turned out great!


Thursday 29th of September 2016

Great Idea. Shared it in my Blog. Thank you!

Jody @ Mommy Moment

Thursday 29th of September 2016

Your blog is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.


Saturday 13th of February 2016

We have something similar we have implemented in our home for morning routine and evening routine. Two different clocks and they have been working AMAZING!!!!!

Jody @ Mommy Moment

Saturday 13th of February 2016

That is awesome Lorie!!