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End of Day Cleanup Checklist

This picture checklist helps kids know what needs to be cleaned up at the end of the day. It can be used in person in a classroom, or even at home for kids who are attending school online.

You can use it as is for free, or create an account at TheTripClip.com if you want to edit it.

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Support a Mom Owned Small Business

It’s Small Business Saturday! Shop now at TheTripClip.com

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More Cleaning Clipart

I’ve had lots of good customer feedback about images to add to the Cleaning Checklists activity for The Trip Clip. Here are all the new pictures you can use now!

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Stocking Stuffer: Magnet Packs!

Looking for a unique gift idea?  Try a magnet pack from The Trip Clip! There are morning and bedtime routine magnets, chore magnets, after school magnets, or a collection of the 20 most popular ones.  Each magnet pack is $3.95 and contains 20 1” magnets. These make great stocking stuffers for kids AND parents!

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How To Make Your Bed

For kids who need very specific instructions to learn a task, or remember how to do it, a visual checklist is a great tool!

You can print this as is for free, or sign up on The Trip Clip website to edit this to make it work right for your family.

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A Zoom Thanksgiving w/ Scavenger Hunt

My family has made the difficult decision to not gather for Thanksgiving this year. With virus counts increasing everywhere, and elderly, at risk relatives in the mix, we’ve decided we will do our best to find ways to celebrate virtually.

Our plan is to gather via Zoom not for a full meal, but just for dessert. To make it feel a little more celebratory, we’re going to kick off the full holiday seasons with a Secret Turkey gift exchange. We’ll each get assigned a person to get a small gift for which we’ll order online and have them delivered straight to the recipient to be opened on the zoom call Thanksgiving Day.

I also had the idea of having a Scavenger Hunt. We haven’t tried this yet, but here’s the plan:

We will divide up into teams of 2, preferably matching up teams so that no 2 people are in the same household, though they will each need to have their own device to connect with their partner via a phone call, Face Time, or some other app.

One person won’t play but will instead run the game and be the judge.

At the same time, the judge will give every player the list of things to find around their house. You can send them the link so they can print it out, or they can use the list online via a mobile phone using the The Trip Clip website. You can print this list here for free.

With an account on The Trip Clip website you can edit this list to customize it for your family. If you have trouble coming up with ideas you like, use the Bingo Board activity to refresh a Custom Bingo Board with random pictures, and then put those pictures on your Scavenger hunt list. Your family members can get creative to find something to match the picture, whatever it may be!

When the Judge says “Go”, each team should make a plan for finding the items on their list between their two households. When they find an item, and show it to their partner to make sure they agree, they should take a picture of it with their phone and then text that picture to the Judge.

The Judge should have multiple printouts of the scavenger hunt printed out and ready to record when they receive a picture from a team.

The first team to prove to the judge that they have found every item on the list wins! Or you can have a time limit, and the team that has found the most things within the time limit wins. The prize can be something simple like a gift card delivered electronically in email. Or just bragging rights!

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Make Your Own Magnetic School Schedule

The Trip Clip website makes it easy to set up a magnet (or hook and loop) school schedule that is customized for your kids. This is especially helpful for kids who need to be able to visualize their schedule and the progress they’re making through their day so they can understand and be reassured in knowing what is coming next.

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Social Media Rules

Print this and hang it next to your kid’s computer at home. Talk it over with them, too, to make sure they fully understand the importance of verifying information before spreading it farther, how permanent their posts really are, and how easy it can be to be hurtful when you’re hiding behind a screen.

I created this checklist with middle schoolers in mind, but many adults would probably benefit from remembering these rules as well!

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These are all new issues for our generation of parents – we’re all learning as we go. The responsibility of raising good digital citizens is a big one, and we have to learn fast. Each of us sets the tone for ourselves, for our kids, and for our global online community with every post we make. We should all stop and think before we post about what we want that community to look like!

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Election Night 2020: Kid Ballot

Let your kids participate in election day with their own, kid-friendly ballot! They can vote for what you have for dinner, and help choose how your family will spend the day or evening. It’s a great way to involve them in election day and start teaching them a little about the election process and how it works.

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You can also edit these categories to be whatever you want them to be. If you try it, send me your ballot at molly@thetripclip.com, or just let me know if your kids enjoyed voting!

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Classroom Rules

A visual reminder in the classroom for special needs kids can help them remember all the expectations at school.

You can print this or edit it!

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