I Know What To Expect – Non-School Day Routines Mini Kit


When Tom was younger school holidays and weekends could be a stressful experience. He thrived on routine so with the predictable structure of the school week no longer in place he was often confused and anxious.

Using pictures to create a routine at home made life much easier for all of us. During the school holidays, we kept to Tom’s similar school day routines in the morning and evenings. For example, getting dressed, having breakfast, brushing teeth etc. We split the rest of the day into a simple routine such as going on a walk, then snack followed by playtime then lunch.

Seeing what was happening helped Tom feel more secure and eased his anxiety about what was coming up next.

We’ve put together this mini kit to help other families like us who want to take the stress out of school holidays and weekends. 

Key benefits

  • Creating a structure and routine for mornings and evenings at home during non-school days helps keep consistency for your child and means they aren’t waking up to the unknown
  • Showing your child what is happening each day helps make your child feel more secure and ease their anxieties about what is going to happen next
  • Communicating what your child will be doing without constantly having to remind them leads to less frustration for you and your child
  • Encouraging independence by giving your child responsibility for following their routine
  • Strong and durable water-resistant stickers mean you can display routines easily in the bedroom, bathroom or any other place n the house where your child can easily see them.
  • Quickly and easily adapt your routines when something different is going to happen.

Kit contents

  • 2  TomTag Button Holders (please specify your colour preferences in the notes section at checkout)
  • 20  blank buttons to give you the flexibility to create multiple routines 
  • 20 symbol stickers for you to choose from to make personalised routines
  • 4  blank stickers to use for additional items or tasks
  • 4  blank rectangular stickers to label your TomTag Button Holders
  • Easy to follow instruction sheet to assemble your TomTag


  • TomTag Button Holder: 18cm x 3cm
  • Buttons: 2cm diameter

Symbols included

  • get up, bedtime, get dressed, get undressed, 
  •  shower, bath, brush hair, brush teeth
  • no school, club, walk, outside play
  • breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack
  • rest, TV, sensory time, iPad/tablet

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For an extended kit with additional symbols for more detailed daily routines you may like the TomTag I Know What To Expect At Home Kit

The TomTag I Know What To Expect Range 

With the TomTag I Know What To Expect range, it’s quick and easy to make personalised visual timelines, schedules  and reminders which can be used anywhere in the home, at school, in care settings or when out and about.

TomTag visual supports can provide structure and guidance to the day or week ahead, helping to lessen anxieties and mange expectations about what is going to happen. This can lead to improvements in behaviour, communication and encourage personal responsibility and independence. 

These are truly versatile visual supports.  Use the tags singly to highlight sections of the day or particular tasks. Work towards using just one tag to cover a whole routine or time of day. 

TomTag is hygienic, durable and portable but most of all it’s fun to use. Most children love stickers so let them join in the fun. Helping set them up will encourage them to use them too!

How does TomTag work?

TomTag uses symbols to show a series of separate tasks or steps involved in a task that are part of a routine, a sequence of events in a timeline or they can be used as a list to teach a new skill by breaking down a single activity into smaller steps.

Many children with autism and other additional needs have strong visual skills. They are more likely to remember and understand what they have seen rather than what they hear. Using a visual support like TomTag to present information visually and in a step-by-step manner allows visual thinkers and learners to take in information at their own pace. Visuals can also act as a reminder when children forget what’s been said or become distracted, TomTag helps to bring their attention back to the task or current situation.

Our customers say 

“Tom tags are brilliant. My son is ADHD, ASD and PDA  so trying to get him to follow a routine without making it feel like demands is really tough. Tom tags help him to see his routine visually without me having to demand.”

“They’re a huge hit already. She really taken ownership of them and helped to stick the stickers on. We made a bedtime one which she has stuck to rigidly.”

WARNING: Please note – TomTag is not a toy. Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.

Symbol images produced under licence from Widgit Symbols (C) Widgit Software 2002-2024 www.widgit.com. All other images (C) Orkid Ideas Limited 2024

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