Trying to stick to any sort of routine with my girls seems to be an ongoing struggle. Weekday mornings I find myself frazzled, always arriving at the school just as the bell rings, because my girls struggle to complete the simple tasks they need to do in order to get out the door. At night, there is no bedtime routine and I find myself aggravated with the difficulty of getting my girls to sleep. There always seems to be a task that was missed – which of course is remembered just as someone is climbing into bed. One of the girls forgot to use the washroom, or every once in a while the bedtime snack gets missed and they are hungry, things of that nature. For years now I have been telling myself that my life would be easier if I were more organized with our daily routine, so I am very excited to see the results starting to come together now that we have built our first routine chart using Easy Daysies.
Featured on the Dragons’ Den, this product incited a bidding war between all five investors! The product – first sold from creator Elaine Tan Comeau’s kitchen table – is now available across Canada, the USA, Australia, Ireland and France; and continues to earn awards such as:
- The Moms’ Choice Award
- 2013 Teachers’ Choice Award for Families
- Parent Tested Parent Approved Award
- 2014 Canadian Mompreneur of the Year
- and many more!
I was given the Easy Daysies Big Bundle to try out. It contains the Every Day Starter Kit (Fold & Go Magnet Board, Wipe-off Marker, 18 Easy Daysies Magnets and a Magnet Storage Bag) and three Add-on Packs: Chores and Special Times (21 magnets), Family & Extracurricular Activities (18 magnets), and Get Dressed & Bathroom Routine (18 magnets).
When you first open up the Starter Kit, you have the option to choose from one of two brightly illustrated sides to use. My daughters and I chose the daisy for ours, the other side depicts an apple tree. We stuck the magnet included in the kit onto the other side of the board so that we could hang it up on the fridge, and used the Wipe-Off Marker to write my daughter’s name on the chart. Simple as that, we were on our way to setting up our first routine.
In the instructions, it is noted that a schedule that lists every task to complete throughout the day is very overwhelming for children. The schedule is intended to help children become familiar with routines broken down into 3-8 steps.
Each magnet includes text in both English and French, as well as an image that relates to the task described on it. These magnets can be used as a tool to help your child learn to read, and also to teach them to put things in chronological order. They can do this by helping you place the magnets on the chart in the order that tasks are to be completed.
The Get Dressed & Bathroom Routine kit includes magnets that can be used for toilet training, and for teaching children to get dressed on their own. The Family & Extracurricular Activities set includes magnets that specify activities and appointments that may fall into your schedule. Both kits come with 2 blank magnets that can be written on to add your own tasks if needed.
Since we had just gotten out of bed when I opened up the package, I thought that building a morning routine would be a great place to start. I browsed the magnets in the Everyday Starter Kit and easily found the the steps that I needed to set it up. I had my six year old daughter sit with me and practice reading the words as we set up the schedule together. She was so excited to complete the tasks that she was running back and forth through the house to mark each one as done after completing it. To do this, you simply slide the magnet to the other side of the board. I think that’s the fastest I’ve ever seen her get ready in the morning, and she was even excited to make the bed!
The next day I was surprised to see her head straight to the chart on her own to read and complete the tasks. It has taken a bit more encouraging to get my 3 year old daughter on board with making the bed and brushing her teeth without it being a hassle, but she is slowly coming around too. I think that it is comforting to her to know exactly which tasks she is expected to complete and when. She also enjoys the rewarding feeling of sliding the tasks over to the “Done” side of the board, especially after completing the last one.
I am looking forward to getting a second board so that both girls can complete their own lists at their own pace. Who knows, they might even take it upon themselves to race to complete the routine! They’ve been known to do such things.
The Chores and Special Times Add-on Pack is a little different from the other two. There are several chore magnets which each include 6 check boxes on them. There are also magnets which list special activities such as TV Time and Computer time, and clock magnets which can be filled in to add the time in both the digital and analog form.
My husband has been teaching our 6 year old daughter how to tell/write out the time lately, so he was very excited to use this tool to continue that teaching while incorporating it into our routine building.
I have been using the chore magnets with my oldest daughter and her and I have both found it rewarding to have a visual reminder of how helpful she has been throughout the week. We’ve just stuck these magnets right onto the fridge with the Wipe-off Marker beside it, and my daughter views the magnets to see what she can complete and then checks them off without prompting.
I love how helpful the Easy Daysies products have been in fostering independence in my children, and am feeling much more confident in our ability to stay on schedule.
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Easy Daysies creator Elaine Tan Comeau is generously gifting one of our readers with an Easy Daysies Every Day Starter Kit!
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