School is in full swing, and for many children and parents that means the chaos of after-school activities, homework, and busyness has begun! Staying organized and implementing structure into daily routines is important for children, but doing so isn’t always easy. Prioritizing tasks, visualizing time, and completing duties aren’t always taught in school.
Try these apps specifically created to help children understand and practice time-management skills.
Easy to use and specifically designed for both parents and children, Remember the Milk helps its users arrange and organize items on their “to-do” lists. Children can create their own headings and add subtasks accordingly. Different than most platforms, Remember the Milk can interact with other users through assigning tasks, setting due dates, and prioritizing the essential items for completion. By assigning each item an estimated length of time, users can better plan their week with efficiency and ease.
Mostly used for lighting a fire under morning routines, this kid-friendly platform can be used throughout the whole day. Happy Kids Timer helps parents teach their children about time management by assigning different tasks with various priority levels. Children also have the ability create their own tasks, while allotting a specific amount of time to complete each item. Fun graphics and cartoons appear to encourage children to beat the clock and claim a star that gets them closer to their final reward.
Similar to Happy Kids, this interface appeals to teens and high school students with its button-free controls and modern design. 30/30 allows its users to set timers to complete each task under various categories. Perfect for busy teens, users can create headings to keep the day organized.
Created by educators and therapists, KazuTime is specifically designed for young children, three to eight years old. Animal-themed and easy to use, this platform motivates children to complete tasks, while also educating them about time management and its benefits. Children learn about the relationship between time and tasks through visual and auditory signs.
Unlike most platforms, Choiceworks Calendar gives children the big picture by focusing on the whole month. Events can be added, reordered throughout the day, and paired with a picture or accompanied with audio. Children can get creative with their events and tasks by adding text, countdowns, or email reminders for specific days.
These apps are full of fun and interactive ways to keep children engaged and aware of time. What works for your family?
Erin Navaro, an Ohio native, is a young professional who works with older adults, supporting them in every stage of their care. Curious about the world, Erin has lived and worked in Tanzania and India, finding inspiration from the people and cultures that have hosted her along the way. To see what’s next, connect with her on LinkedIn.