Keeping kids busy – DIY Centers Chart

I have learned kids work better on a schedule, so when summertime rolled around I was ready to get my girls on a plan! Well, sorta. Not to mention, I have freelance work I’m trying to get done and need more than a few minutes to get stuff done!

I set aside two 45 minute blocks of “center activity” for my 2 and 5 year olds. This doesn’t mean we don’t do these things in other times, but for some reason the whole choosing of the activity, having a timer, etc makes it more fun for them. (who knew?)

So, I took pictures of several activities they could do. Play doh, water color, drawing, play dolls, stamps, read books, electronics (must read books before choosing electronics) and a few other fun activities we always have around the house. I had my oldest daughter help me take the pictures and arrange them on the poster.


We made paper clips with each child’s name on it. When we do “centers” the child puts the clip on the picture of the activity they want to do. My youngest is 2, so I thought pictures would make the most sense since she can’t read. That’s pretty much it! A really simple way to organize blocks of time during the day.

What do you do to keep your kids motivated during the summer?

Making the most out of life,



Andrea S View All →

I’m a wife, mom, runner and freelance TV producer/writer. I love making the most out of this life and hope you will follow along!

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