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Free Printable: How To Clean a Bedroom

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

My kids are pretty bad about cleaning their rooms. My teenager leaves dirty dishes in there for days and dirty clothes strewn all over the floor, and my youngest is a pack rat so his room is always overflowing with stuff. So no, I have NOT figured out how to get messy kids to keep a clean room.

I have, however, found a way to help things go better when I do ask my kids to clean up. I discovered years ago that even if they’re willing to clean their room, they get overwhelmed by the prospect. And really, which of us doesn’t look at an incredibly messy room and wish we could just turn around rather than figure out how to start?

This checklist can help get your child past that initial reluctance and help them know how to start, and even more importantly, how to finish. It turns out one of the things that bothered my kids the most is that they didn’t know exactly what I meant when I said ‘clean your room’.  Although it was obvious to me, it wasn’t to them. And so to them, the task felt overwhelming, and might take hours – they didn’t know.  I found that a checklist that made it clear what I expected made a world of difference.

Help make a task that seems overwhelming feel manageable by breaking it into smaller steps. It makes your expectations clear, helps your kids know how to start, and helps them know there really is an end in sight!

This checklist helps make a task that seems overwhelming feel manageable by breaking it into smaller steps. It makes your expectations clear, helps your kids know how to start, and helps them know there really is an end in sight!

You can print this list for free right now.

Or, if you need to make some changes to make it work well for your family, you can easily edit this list to make it just right.

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New Clipart: Custom Bingo!

I added more than 100 new images to the Custom Bingo activity so you can make any kind of themed bingo board you can think of!  Over the years I’ve used the Custom Bingo activity to make bingo boards for chores, walking to school, Valentine’s Day, and boredom.  If you’ve made a custom bingo board send it to me and I’ll share it here on my blog!

You can make any kind of BINGO board you want with this drag and drop tool. Leave me a note if you've made a cool BINGO Board and I'll share it on my blog! http://blog.thetripclip.comA

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Free Printables: Valentine’s Day Activities

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

These activities are great for keeping your kids entertained while celebrating the holiday, and they may learn a little something too!  They can also be great to use at a classroom Valentine’s Day party.

These activities are great for keeping your kids entertained while celebrating the holiday, and they may learn a little something too!  They can also be great to use at a classroom Valentine's Day party.You can print all of these activities for free right now:

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You can also use The Trip Clip website to customize any of these activities to make them just right for your child. In addition to these free printables, the website will let you:

 

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Free Printable: Restaurant Bingo

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Bingo is a great way to keep the kids entertained in many situations. This Restaurant Bingo Board can be super helpful when you find yourself waiting a long time to get your food. I like to keep some of these clipped into a kid-sized clipboard in my purse (along with some other fun printed activities) so I can pull them out when I need them.

This is a great activity to have with you for those restaurants that don't provide kid activities, or if there's a long wait for a table.

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Want to print more? You can generate new basketball themed bingo boards, or even edit individual squares, by going to The Trip Clip website.

You can also find other free bingo boards for traveling, or sporting events.

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All Day Checklists

Customer Spotlight: Nanveet from Ontario, Canada made multiple checklists for her kids to use throughout the day and in different parts of the house. I love seeing how my customers use The Trip Clip with their families!

I finally finished the routine checklists that have been on my to do list a long time. Going to laminate and then ready to use!! I used templates from @thetripclip . The website is really easy to use. It has 2 different subscription levels. Go check them out!!!

“I finally finished the routine checklists that have been on my to do list a long time. Going to laminate and then ready to use!! I used templates from @thetripclip . The website is really easy to use. It has 2 different subscription levels. Go check them out!!!”

Click here to try these checklists yourself.

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Free Printables: Potty Training Checklists

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Potty training can be such a stressful thing for parents – especially if it’s your first time through it! Below are some checklists to help you and your kids figure this out.

Potty training can be such a stressful thing for parents - especially if it's your first time through it! Below are some checklists to help you and your kids figure this out.

A picture checklist is a great way to help your little one remember all the important steps while they learn this new, independent skill. Teaching proper hygiene right from the start can make a huge difference with instilling these good habits. You may also find the list itself is motivating to your child!

Knowing when and how to start potty training is a lot trickier. You can use these 9 steps, and also find more detailed information about how to know when you’re child is ready, and how to potty train successfully, in this great article from Parents.com.

If you want to print or edit these lists, try these links:

Print the Child’s Potty Training Checklist

Print Potty Training in 9 Steps

Edit these potty training checklists

And if you’re in the thick of it, and want some advice from a parent who has been through it, check out this hysterical (and all too real) video from a fellow potty training dad!

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NEW School Schedule Clipart!

I continue to get great suggestions from my customers for clipart I can add to The Trip Clip® website to help make more complete picture checklists.  Here are the most recent additions to the School Schedule Activity:

15 new images to help you make the perfect school schedule for your kids. A picture schedule is great for home schoolers and for kids with Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, and other special needs. It helps them know what to expect from their school day.

A picture schedule is great for home schoolers and for kids with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, and other special needs. It helps them know what to expect from their school day. Try it for yourself!

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