How to Create a Choosing Chart for Preschoolers: 6 Steps
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Let her provide the artwork for each activity on her choosing chart.

A choosing chart helps your little munchkin feel in control of his learning experiences. Maybe he's more interested in story time and learning his numbers today than he is in writing the ABCs or painting another masterpiece. Now you can show him all his options on one simple chart and help direct his learning by choosing his favorite activities for the day. Display the chart on the kitchen fridge so he can keep track of his learning accomplishments and add new activities to the agenda any time you wish.


  1. 1
    Measure the perimeter of a medium-size magnetic board. Cut a piece of ribbon, lace or colored tape just a little bit longer than the perimeter. Apply glue to ribbon or lace. Wrap the decorative embellishment around the outside edge of the board to add a little bit of flare to your munchkin's choosing chart.
  2. 2
    Divide the board into equal size rectangles. If you have eight learning activities for your little guy to choose from, divide the board into eight rectangles or squares. If you have 12 learning activities, divide the board into 12 rectangles or squares. You should aim for at least six to eight activities and probably no more than 12 to 14 because too many options will make it difficult for a preschooler to decide.
  3. 3
    Draw or print a picture equal to the size of the square or rectangle for each activity. You can print off a picture of cookies for a baking activity, a storybook for story time and a picture of magnetic numbers for math time.
  4. 4
    Lay out all of the pictures on the magnetic board. The board now looks like a grid of pictures. Cut long pieces of different colored tape and smooth these across the grid lines to divide the pictures and hold them in place.
  5. 5
    Print out several pictures of your munchkin. You need one for each grid square activity. Cut out any backgrounds from the images. Glue each picture onto a little magnet and cut away any excess magnet sticking out beyond the picture. If you don't want to use pictures, you can purchase kid-themed magnets from the store or glue other decorative items onto magnets instead.
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    Have your munchkin place one magnet over the top of each activity for the day. Let him choose just one activity for each day or as many as you can fit into your schedule. Leave the magnets in place on the board until he's had the opportunity to pick each one. After, you can just remove the magnets and start again!


  • Carefully lift the tape, remove the picture and replace it with a new one to switch out an old activity for a new one. You can always add some more tape if the old stuff isn't holding well.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Magnetic board
  • Colored tape (ribbon or lace optional)
  • Glue
  • Craft magnets

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