Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 1

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Are you looking for some activity ideas to implement into your family’s daily routine? 

Each week we will update our routine pages with a weekly selection of activity ideas to try at home. Discover previous pre-school routines using the useful links section at the bottom of this page.

Toddler and pre-school children thrive with routine. This begins the moment they wake to the moment they settle for their night’s sleep. With the support of you their parent/carer all activities support your littles ones developmental journey.

Enjoy and have fun!


Eat breakfast

  • Can your child help you to prepare it?
  • Consider making sugar swaps. You can find lots of information at Change4Life.

Sugar Swap Ideas - Change4Life Website



Here we go round the ‘Mulberry Bush.’ Use the song to encourage a good cleaning routine which is fun and educational identifying nose, chin, etc. Will provide a good hand washing routine.


Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our hands,
We wash our hands, we wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands,
On a cold and frosty morning.

Other verses…

This is the way we do our hair...

This is the way we brush our teeth...


Getting dressed 

  • Can they put on their clothes?
  • Support your child in getting dressed independently


What day is it today?


Monday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Dough Disco

To help develop the core muscles needed to write try Dough Disco!  

If you haven’t got any Playdough, don’t worry we can make some at home. 

Incy Wincy Spider Activities - The Imagination Tree

Making Playdough at home - The Imagination Tree


Incy Wincy spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain,
So Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again.

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Some Dogs Do

Some Dogs Do - Bookstart (pdf)       

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...




Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Rice filling station with funnel and scoops

To help eye-hand coordination, understanding of capacity using mathematical language e.g.  “Full and empty”. 

You can even dye the rice different colours using 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and a few drops of food colouring. 

Don’t have any rice you could use, pasta, lentils or water.  

DIY Neon Rainbow Rice - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Story or Song Time   

The BookTrust's Home Time - Bookstart (pdf)

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...




Wednesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Mark Making

Mark making with water outside. Using paintbrushes, broom, rollers, sponges… on paving, walls and fence panels.

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - What's In The Bag Songs

Singing is good for your mind, body and spirit. It helps to nurture language skills:  the patterns of traditional nursery rhymes follow the rhythm of the spoken language, and songs let you practice new vocabulary and introduce the concept of rhyme.  We should be singing with our children every day!

Create a song bag - Nurturestore Website     

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...



Thursday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Water Play

To develop fine motor skills and encourage early communication.

Add in food colouring, bubbles, pots for scooping and pouring, or nets for fishing.

Water Play - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Goldilocks Song     

Goldilocks Song - (pdf)

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...




Friday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Floor Time

Floor Time activities are crucial times for adults to interact with toddlers and encourage their development in all areas, including physical skills and language.

Many floor activities can help children to improve coordination. Why not try to:

  • crawl like a bug
  • commando crawl
  • wriggle like a worm

Crawling through a tunnel can be an extremely enjoyable activity and your child will develop their motor skills. Incorporate social skills into the activity using peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek, and pretend play.

You don't have to buy a tunnel to enjoy the crawling activity. Use large cardboard boxes to create a tunnel or build one using chairs and blankets.

You could try adding materials inside the box or use flatter boxes to encourage different types of movement through the box, or you could turn your tunnels into anything you like, a castle, a train, a car!

Don't be afraid to be silly and entertaining to keep your child engaged but most importantly take their lead, if they decide they want to run and dance instead, that’s fine, just save the crawling games for another day!

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - 5 Little Ducks Song Time   

Combine the classic song Five Little Ducks with some exciting water play in a sensory tub as a fun way to enjoy numbers, counting, singing and story-telling!

5 Little Ducks (pdf)

Water Play - The Imagination Tree 

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...



Welcome Time

Share the day’s routine of activities…

You could use a visual timetable so children know what to expect. Visual timetables and Now and Next are effective for some children to understand the routine for the day. It can help children who are having difficulties following instructions become more motivated.

You can use a timer to explain when an activity is coming to end it will help with transition from one activity to another. Use an alarm on your phone, egg timer or cooker timer etc

Creating A Visual Table (pdf)

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Free Play

Let your child choose what activity they would like to do…
This supports your little one in developing their imagination, having ideas and being in control of their learning. 
You as the parent/carer are there to enhance this learning through meaningful conversation; lots of open ended questions… 
Remember to get down their level so they can see you and hear you. 
Don’t forget to have a look at the useful links section on the website for ideas to support extending your little one’s play. 

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Snack Time Ideas

Let your little one help you prepare their snack.

  • Pitta bread with salad    
  • Hummus with carrot and cucumber sticks 
  • Selection of fruit
  • Cheese Crackers     
  • Plain yogurt with fruit added   
  • Plain mini rice cakes         
  • Hard boiled eggs    
  • Fruit smoothie  
  • Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella
  • Plain Greek yogurt with mixed berries
  • Sliced pears with ricotta cheese
  • Toast with low fat spread/cottage cheese

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Lunchtime Ideas

Lunch times provide a great opportunity to promote your children’s speech and language development, physical skills and their independence as well as their health.

Offer choices
Example: “Do you want a sandwich or soup?” This helps your child to learn the words that they need to know and ask for what they want. 
Show what they like - Use words or gestures to say what they want and ask for them.

Comment on your child’s actions or offer a running commentary on your own actions whilst making lunch. This will let your child know that you are interested.

Give them the words that they need to know and build their vocabulary. Sometimes questions can put your child under pressure.

Allow your child to help make Lunch

Provide plastic or child friendly utensils to allow them to develop their physical skills and independence whilst spreading the butter on the bread, the cheese spread on the crackers or chopping the banana.

This will develop their fine motor skills and boost their confidence and self-esteem as they become your little helper.

Introduce some fun into Lunch time by offering some different meals, here are some ideas…


Silly Sandwiches

Create your own funny faces on top of your child’s favourite sandwich using vegetables and salad this will help in achieving those 5 a day!
If you have playdough cutters at home these can double up as sandwich cutters to make sandwiches more interesting and an opportunity to introduce some new fillings that maybe your child wouldn't have tried on a normal shaped sandwich.
Another option is to wrap your slice of bread with your filling on to form  pinwheel sandwiches rather than your traditional sandwich again making these more appealing to children.

Sandwich filler ideas:

Cheese spread, cold meats such as ham slices, chicken slices, turkey slices, tuna mayonnaise, Cheese slices, Egg mayonnaise.


Build your own wraps

This offers children choice and independence whilst offering a variety of vegetables such as sliced peppers, sliced cucumber etc. along with other fillings such as cheese and cold meat children can create a lunch of their own choosing on a soft tortilla wrap.


Cheese and Crackers

A lunch enjoyed by many children. Give this a twist and create a butterfly using a cheese string, a bag of mini crackers such as cheddars and a bag of chopped grapes creating wings for your butterflies.


Easy Vegetable Soup

1 (500g) tub chicken stock
350ml  (12foz) tomato juice
225ml (8 fl oz) water
1 large potato, diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes,
100g (4 oz) fresh green beans, chopped,150
(5 oz) frozen sweetcorn.

In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.


After an alternative to crisps? Micro sweet potato crisps!

Finely slice sweet potatoes and arrange the slices in a single layer on a large microwaveable plate. Spray with cooking oil and microwave on full power for 4 minutes. Check for crispiness and continue to cook in the microwave at 30 second intervals until crispy.

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Useful Activities