Bathroom Cards are useful for all primary grades. When a student consistently asks to go to the bathroom during instructional time, and you believe the student is not sick or have bladder issues, then the Bathroom Card can help the student make the right choices. The student is given two cards at the beginning of the day and told that he/she may use the bathroom whenever they want during the day but they need to turn in a bathroom card to do so during class time. They may use the bathroom as many times as they wish during their recess and lunch times without using a card. I mention to the student that I recommend that they use one before lunch and one after lunch, but try to use the bathroom only during their break times, lunch and recess times. The choice is then on the student and the teacher no longer needs to try to decipher whether or not this child really needs to go or if they are trying to escape class. The Bathroom Card can help a child to use the bathroom only when they need to and it can help the teacher determine whether or not the student really needs to use the facilities. In my experience, I have noticed that the student makes better choices about using the bathroom only when they need it. Over time, the teacher can wean the student off of the Bathroom Cards. If the problem persists where the child continuously asks for bathroom use after all their cards are used up, maybe it is time to have a discussion with the parents. It is possible that the child has other issues that need to be addressed.
I usually laminate the cards and place a dot sticker on the back with the child’s name on it. This way I can differentiate between the two if I have more than one student on a Bathroom Card simultaneously. I have included two different designs on the following two pages, with five copies of each design on a page. Enjoy!