Charts for preschoolers

Emma's charts

Emma loves it when I make her charts to help her track goals and the passage of time. I originally made printable charts, but for some reason she prefers to have her charts drawn on the whiteboard I use to make shopping lists and other notes in the kitchen. She especially loves it when her charts are drawn in shapes. My artistically-challenged glass slippers on the top row represent the number of nights she had to sleep by herself through the night without fussing in order to get a small prize of her choosing. The bottom row of houses was a “Daddy coming home” chart to track the days until Mike got home from a business trip. Besides helping to motivate Emma to reach her goals, these charts help her practice simple addition and subtraction as well as helping her understand the passage of time. I talk with Emma about which goals she wants charts for, and I help her work out what types of prizes we can provide.

Since I am not artistically gifted, my efforts to draw the requested shapes sometimes fall short. The current “sleeping through the night” chart is four snowballs – Emma’s solution after my attempts at drawing her previously requested fairies and wicked witches failed to measure up. She said, “Mama, just draw circles.” And then, once I drew them, “Look, it’s snowballs!”

Emma has already informed me that she wants dinosaurs for her next chart, adding: “Can you draw dinosaurs? Them have big teeth!”


  1. says

    We have some success with charts to track goals, too. I think it’s a great way for preschoolers to understand the consequences of your actions (or lack of action if you don’t earn a sticker on the chart!)
    .-= Quadmama´s last blog ..I Need a Vacation =-.

  2. says

    LOL on the artistic abilities – I am in the same boat. The poop chart worked really well for us when we were potty training. Since then we only used the countdown to Christmas, but I am contemplating “play by yourself” chart – something that my daughter is notoriously bad about when I am home :)
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..The First Time in the Theater =-.

  3. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    Awww… I love her requests! What a great idea to make charts like that! Emily has her own calendar, and she loves it, but I know she would love a chart of her own too!
    .-= Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog´s last blog ..Indoor Snow Picnic =-.

  4. says

    Charts are great for so many reasons, I think it really helps little ones see the passage of time and understand the concept of waiting. Your shoes look pretty good, I noted right away they are heels and pretty high ones at that!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Snowball Counting Activity =-.

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