Here’s a set of free printables for a kids planner that you can make at home. It’s a great way to introduce your little ones to the calendar and plan for success.
Hello! I’m Linda from tortagialla and I’m excited to share these free printable planner pages with you and your family!
Are you a planner addict or bullet journal enthusiast? So how about getting your kids involved with this set of kids planner pages? Even if these printables are designed with the little ones in mind, anyone who appreciates simplicity will find them useful.
Make Your Own Kids Planner
First of all, planners are not a new concept. However, they can be quite expensive to buy these days. So why not make your own and take advantage of the fact that printables allow you to customize your planner exactly as you need it. Moreover, the beauty of digital printables are how accessible, easy and affordable they are. I think it’s fun for kids who want to get hands-on to create their own planner with their own unique style.
In addition, helping your kids develop a habit of planning gives you another teaching tool to encourage them towards goals and successes. And if you find a planner useful for your own life, then it only makes sense that the same applies to your kids.
Of course, it’s important to simplify everything to match the age of your kids and make sure the experience is fun as well as educational. Ultimately, that’s how you keep things interesting and ensure that planning is always a success.
What you need:
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- 3 ring binder
- 3 hole punch
- colorful markers and pens
- decorative stickers (gold stars, good job, etc…)
- washi tape and any favorite craft supplies for decoration
1. Download kids planner printables
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2. Decide what to print
For the younger kids, I’ve included the entire 2019 monthly calendar, labelled and dated. You can download a 2020 monthly calendar here. In addition, the monthly layouts are formatted on two pages to give you plenty of room. My kids are very young, so they need more space to write big and there’s also room for decoration, to get artsy with markers, stickers and other embellishments.
All the calendars feature a Monday-start formatting style. Truly I think it makes the most sense, especially for kids. First, because Monday coincides with the start of the school week. Second, because the format groups the weekend together and makes a great goal for the end of week. In fact, it’s great to have the weekend to look forward to and have it visually represented on the calendar. In addition, having something to look forward to has been proven to be motivating.
For older children, you might want to include a year-long goals page, weekly pages and other perpetual planner pages. You can pick and choose to print what you prefer and make as many copies as you need. The calendars can be added to your family command center or put together in a 3 ring binder. A folder will keep all the pages in one place and gives your child her own notebook to decorate and personalize as well.
I’ve included a whole set of perpetual planner pages for those who have older kids or are ready to move into more advanced and detailed planning.
I know a lot of schools actually incorporate planners into their school supplies, so kids can keep track of their schedule and homework. These printable planner pages can be a helpful addition, so they can work on personal goals as well.
Once you download the free printable PDFs, take a look at the layouts and decide what works best for your child and family goals.
2. Put it all together
When you have decided what planner pages you need, it’s a matter of printing out the pages and copies required. Then add them to your family command center and/or a 3 ring binder planner for each kid.
Finally, we come to the fun part of decorating and personalizing, which is always an exciting activity for kids. Use markers, stickers, washi tape and all your crafty supplies. Let your kids have fun making their planners unique and personal.
Finally, my tip is to start using the planner with a very simple first month of tracking one thing. If you explain what you will use the calendar for, why they want to track the one thing and what reward they will get at the end, it sets them up for a positive planning experience.
I think even for older kids it can be very satisfying to mark the days with a gold star and reach the end of the month with success. For younger children, you might want to reward the weekly milestones as well.
Ideas for a Kids Planner
I know these free printable planner pages give you a lot of options to start with. However, I always think it’s best to start simple and add on as you go. That makes it easy to keep planning fun and never overwhelming.
But I definitely know it can be challenging to plan! So here are a few ideas for planning and tracking that might help you and your family find the coveted state of planner peace!
First of all, simply use the monthly printable as a basic family calendaring system. This is the easiest way to start planning, with events and holidays noted. Again, it’s a perfect way to start off little kids in learning the days of the week and dates.
Another useful part of planning are all the tracker ideas. You can print multiple copies of the monthly calendar and tape it near household chores to track them daily. It’s an effective way to keep on top of all kinds of tasks and *trust me* it’s fun as well. My kids love getting gold stars!
Additionally, use the calendar printable to display the monthly or weekly menu to the whole family. Just stick it on the fridge or your family command center. It’s nice when everyone knows what is to be expected each meal and you’ve got your planning and grocery list done as well.
So we all know that to form a habit, you have to keep at it for about a month. So if you are trying to help your kids form new habits, print another monthly calendar to help them keep track. The act of tracking is a very effective way to motivate! Additionally, you can inspire more action by adding rewards for milestones along the way.
Next, you might have heard of people who doodle a tiny little something on each box of the monthly calendar. This is a great art project to do with kids because it’s easy to fill in a box a day and the results after a month can be very satisfying. Ultimately, it’s teaching and motivating kids to plan for success by tackling things one tiny box at a time.
You can choose to doodle or color a box each day. Or take daily walks and find a tiny piece of nature from your walk to encapsulate in the boxes. Or brainstorm together to find a fun project to fill in the boxes. You can even have monthly themes and make it a year-long project. Most noteworthy is how these projects are like scrapbooks, increasing the time you spend together as a family. It can be a very rewarding activity!
Journaling and Lists
Finally, for older kids there are a variety of blank and lined pages that make a great addition to a planner for the purposes of free journaling and making lists. Just as we do in our own planners and bullet journals, kids can track the books they have read, movies they want to see, favorite foods, favorite memories, list of gifts they want – the sky’s the limit.
Get Your Kids Planning and Thriving
So why not introduce your kids to the wonderful world of planning with these printables? Consequently, you can start them out with a homemade kids planner, before moving on to something more advanced. If you have a teenager who wants a fancy planner, let them prove themselves with printables before moving on to something that takes a bigger investment.
As we move into the New Year it’s a great time to start a family project and get organized together. So this printable planner can be for the family, separate from the personal planners we might have individually. And remember you can always come back to the perpetual planner pages to keep using them time and time again. Keep growing and learning – and thrive! Enjoy these free printable kids planner pages and let me know what you think.
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